Oxford Assess and Progress: Clinical Surgery

Oxford Assess and Progress: Clinical Surgery PDF

Author: Neil Borley

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Publish Date: June 10, 2014

ISBN-10: 019969642X

Pages: 360

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

The Oxford Assess and Progress Series is a groundbreaking development in the extensive area of self-assessment texts available for medical students. The questions were specifically commissioned for the series, written by practising clinicians, extensively peer-reviewed by students and their teachers, and quality assured to ensure that the material is up to date, accurate, and in line with modern testing formats.

The series has a number of unique features, and is designed to be as much a formative learning resource as a self-assessment one. The questions are constructed to test the same clinical problem-solving skills that we use as practising clinicians, rather than only to test theoretical knowledge.

These skills include:

  • gathering and using data required for clinical judgement
  • choosing the appropriate examination and investigations, and interpretation
    of the findings
  • applying knowledge
  • demonstrating diagnostic skills
  • ability to evaluate undifferentiated material
  • ability to prioritize
  • making decisions and demonstrating a structured approach to decision making.

Each question is bedded in reality and is typically presented as a clinical scenario, the content of which has been chosen to reflect the common and important conditions that most doctors are likely to encounter both during their training and in exams! The aim of the series is to build the reader’s confidence in recognizing important symptoms and signs and suggesting the most appropriate investigations and management, and in so doing to aid the development of a clear approach to patient management which can be transferred to the wards.

The content of the series has deliberately been pinned to the relevant Oxford Handbook, but in addition has been guided by a blueprint which reflects the themes identified in Tomorrow’s Doctors and Good Medical Practice to include novel areas such as history taking, recognition of signs (including red flags), and professionalism.

Particular attention has been paid to giving learning points and constructive feedback on each question, using clear fact- or evidence-based explanations as to why the correct response is right and why the incorrect responses are less appropriate. The question editorials are clearly referenced to the relevant sections of the accompanying Oxford Handbook and/or more widely to medical literature or guidelines. They are designed to guide and motivate the reader, being multi-purpose in nature and covering, for example, exam technique, approaches to difficult subjects, and links between subjects.

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