Editor’s List


Editor’s note

Dear potential contributor,

Thank you for your interest in writing for Geeky Medics! 🎉 We’re always looking for excellent authors to contribute to Geeky Medics. 

This page lists the topics we’re looking to cover. Those topics marked in bold have been requested more than once or are priority topics to cover as part of the UK Medical Licensing Assessment (UKMLA).

I look forward to reading your pitch.

Chris

Dr Chris Jefferies | Editor

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Clinical Skills 💉

  • Cushing’s syndrome assessment (focusing on the key signs)
  • Nutritional assessment
  • Examination of speech
  • Heart sounds guide 
  • Lung sounds guide
  • McMurray’s test
  • Thomas’s test
  • Romberg test
  • Lachman’s test
  • FABER test
  • Straight leg raise
  • Piriformis test
  • Painful arc
  • Golfer’s elbow test
  • Tennis elbow test
  • ABCDE / emergency management of stroke
  • ABCDE / emergency management of burn injuries
  • ABCDE / emergency management of major obstetric haemorrhage
  • ABCDE / emergency management of shoulder dystocia
  • ABCDE / emergency management of eclampsia
  • Maternal cardiac arrest
  • Neonatal life support
  • Advanced life support

Basic procedures

  • Using an automated external defibrillator (AED)
  • Choking (basic life support)
  • Setting up a nebuliser and administering nebulised medication
  • Continuous suture guide (we have some footage to help with the written article – see our other suture guides here)

Advanced procedures

  • Needle thoracocentesis for pneumothorax
  • Joint aspiration/injection
  • Arterial line insertion
  • Insertion of a central venous catheter
  • Transcutaneous pacing 
  • Direct current (DC) cardioversion
  • Intraosseous access
  • Fascia iliaca compartment block (FICB)
  • Application of a pelvic binder

Paediatrics 

  • Paediatric venepuncture
  • Paediatric cannulation
  • Paediatric capillary blood gas

Generic communication skills

  • A summary of the ‘SPIKES’ acronym for information giving
  • Upper limb / lower limb neurological history (e.g. weakness, sensory disturbance, radiculopathic pain, fasciculations)
  • Musculoskeletal history (including all the common joints within it)
  • Taking a smoking history – a brief guide focusing on taking a smoking history including calculation of ‘pack-years’ and conversion of different types of tobacco into equivalent cigarettes
  • Take a lifestyle history – a brief guide/overview of exploring diet, exercise, weight, smoking and alcohol use in a single station/consultation – with included example phrases
  • Presenting a history – a guide to structuring the way you would present a history to an examiner in an OSCE
  • Communication with those who are bereaved/experiencing grief

Focused history guides

These guides can re-use pieces of content from our generic history taking guides, but the idea is that they focus on a specific presenting complaint and provide more detail on how to explore the specific complaint.

Musculoskeletal:

  • Shoulder pain history
  • Elbow pain history
  • Hand/wrist pain history
  • Hip pain history
  • Knee pain history
  • Ankle/foot pain history

Respiratory:

  • Cough history
  • Breathlessness history

Gastroenterology:

  • Haematemesis history
  • Abdominal pain history
  • Rectal bleeding history
  • Altered bowel habit history
  • Haemoptysis history

Neurology

  • Seizure history
  • Facial weakness history
  • Dizziness history
  • Confusion history

Urological:

  • Haematuria history
  • Frequency/nocturia history
  • Dysuria history
  • Polyuria history

Other:

  • Weight loss history
  • Memory impairment history
  • Head injury history
  • Bleeding history (e.g. in patients with bleeding disorders)
  • Weight gain history
  • Anxiety history
  • Vertigo history

Paediatrics:

  • Precocious puberty history
  • Delayed puberty history
  • Developmental delay history
  • Faltering growth history (failure to thrive)
  • Behavioural issues history (child)

Counselling/information giving

  • How to use a condom
  • Explaining a diagnosis of Addison’s disease
  • Explaining a diagnosis of HIV
  • Hypertension counselling
  • Dialysis (peritoneal vs haemodialysis)
  • Explaining advanced care planning +/- DNACPR +/- RESPECT process
  • Genetic counselling
  • Metformin
  • Levodopa
  • ACE-inhibitors
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • Explaining a coroner’s referral
  • Interpreting U&Es (to be structured similarly to our other interpretation guides e.g. FBC interpretation)
  • Graph interpretation including histogram, box & whisker, forest plot, scatter graph, line graph, funnel plots, L’Abbe plot and Cates plots.
  • Summary of P450 inhibitors and inducers
  • Audiometry interpretation 
  • Overview of prescribing analgesia – including WHO pain ladder
  • Commonly prescribed medications
  • Common drug reactions

Medicine 💊

  • STEMI (to complement our existing ACS guide)
  • Myocarditis
  • Asbestos-related lung disease
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome
  • Cor pulmonale
  • Alcohol-related liver disease
  • Liver cirrhosis 
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Haemochromatosis
  • Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC)
  • Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency
  • Liver cancer
  • Liver transplant
  • Wilson’s disease
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Dialysis (to expand our brief overview in our CKD guide)
  • Renal transplant (to expand our brief overview in our CKD guide)
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Acute tubular necrosis
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Interstitial nephritis
  • Renal tubular acidosis
  • Haemolytic uraemic syndrome
  • Renal artery stenosis
  • Nephritic syndrome
  • Addison’s disease
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gestational diabetes / diabetes in pregnancy
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Hyperosmolar hyperglycaemic state
  • Hypothalamic-pituitary axis
  • Hyperaldosteronism
  • Phaeochromocytoma
  • Conn’s syndrome
  • Hyperprolactinaemia
  • Epilepsy
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs)
  • Wernicke’s encephalopathy
  • Motor neurone disease (MND)
  • Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS)
  • Huntington’s chorea
  • Lambert Eaton myasthenic syndrome
  • Charcot-Marie-tooth disease
  • Tuberous sclerosis
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Subclavian steal syndrome
  • Hospital-acquired infections (summary of most common infections)
  • Malaria
  • Influenza
  • Cellulitis
  • EBV infection
  • Lyme disease
  • An overview of notifiable diseases
  • Measles
  • Rubella
  • MRSA
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Paracetamol overdose
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Ketamine
  • LSD
  • Pernicious anaemia
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura
  • Primary myelofibrosis
  • Myelodysplasic syndrome
  • Von Willebrand disease
  • G6PD deficiency
  • Hereditary spherocytosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout and pseudogout
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Osteomalacia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Raynaud’s
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Antiphospholipid syndrome
  • Vasculitis
  • Discoid lupus erythematosus
  • Paget’s disease of the bone
  • Polymyositis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Assessment of capacity (OSCE guide)
  • Personality disorders
  • Medically unexplained symptoms
  • Substance use disorder
  • The Mental Health Act (summary of the act)
  • Urticaria
  • Cellulitis 
  • Head lice
  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Keratitis

 

  • DVLA driving advice summary
  • Travel advice 
  • Deprivation Of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS)
  • Advanced directive & advanced decision to refuse treatment
  • Power of attorney

Surgery 🔪

  • Benign breast lumps
  • Enhancement of current suture materials guide (adding additional sections explaining suture sizes and types of surgical needles)
  • Enhancement of hernias explained guide (adding explanations of Richter’s hernia, epigastric hernia, incisional hernia, obturator hernia, Spigelian hernia, umbilical hernia)
  • Ileus
  • Post-op pyrexia
  • Mesenteric ischaemia
  • Volvulus
  • Surgical sieves (aetiological & anatomical)
  • Hiatus hernia
  • Gastric cancer
  • Achalasia
  • Biliary colic and gallstones
  • Acute cholecystitis
  • Obstructive jaundice
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma (to replace the current version with our newer, more succinct format)
  • Pancreatic cancer (to replace the current version with our newer, more succinct format)
  • Large bowel obstruction
  • Small bowel obstruction
  • Anal fissure
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Rectal cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Malignancy of the small intestine
  • Mesenteric adenitis
  • Pilonidal sinus
  • Angiodysplasia
  • Anorectal abscess
  • Anal fistula
  • Meckel’s diverticulum
  • Radial nerve injury
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Spinal fractures
  • Total hip replacement
  • Radius and ulna shaft fractures
  • Ulnar nerve injury
  • Femoral and tibial fractures
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • Testicular cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Renal stones / colic
  • Epididymo-orchitis
  • An overview of common urological investigations (RUG, VUCG, Cystography)
  • Pyelonephritis
  • Hydrocoele
  • Prostatitis
  • Lymphoedema
  • Base of skull fracture
  • VP shunt (procedure/complications)

Obstetrics & Gynaecology 🤰

Obstetric emergencies

  • Instrumental vaginal birth
  • Uterine rupture
  • Amniotic fluid embolism

Antenatal care

  • An overview of routine antenatal care
  • Gestational diabetes and diabetes in pregnancy
  • Large for gestational age
  • Down’s syndrome screening
  • Obesity and pregnancy
  • VTE in pregnancy and puerperium
  • Anaemia in pregnancy
  • Rhesus incompatibility
  • Obstetric cholestasis
  • Amniocentesis
  • Infections in pregnancy
  • Twins
  • PROM
  • Chorionic villus sampling
  • Prolonged pregnancy
  • Polyhydramnios

Labour

  • Induction of labour
  • Drugs used in labour
  • Failure to progress
  • Premature labour
  • Active management of the third stage of labour
  • Group B Strep
  • Perineal tears

Postnatal Care

  • Postpartum anaemia
  • Sheehan’s syndrome
  • Six-week postnatal check
  • Postpartum thyroiditis

Sexual Health

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Syphilis (we have a brief section in our STI guide)
  • Varicella-zoster

Malignancy

Menstrual Cycle Problems

  • Oligomenorrhoea
  • Menopause
  • Menorrhagia
  • Endometrial ablation
  • Primary amenorrhoea
  • Secondary amenorrhoea
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Intermenstrual bleeding

Infertility

  • IVF
  • Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome
  • Premature ovarian failure

Early Pregnancy

Other

  • Vaginal candidiasis
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Bartholin’s cyst
  • Female genital mutilation
  • HRT
  • Hysterectomy
  • Lichen sclerosis
  • Asherman’s syndrome
  • Cervical polyps
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Ovarian torsion
  • Female urinary incontinence

Paediatrics 👶

  • Ventricular septal defects
  • Atrial septal defects
  • Patent ductus arteriosus
  • Co-arctation of the aorta
  • Transposition of the great arteries
  • Innocent murmurs
  • Primary ciliary dyskinesia
  • Cow’s milk protein allergy
  • GORD
  • Nephritic syndrome
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Klinefelter syndrome
  • Prader Willi syndrome
  • Angelman syndrome
  • William syndrome
  • Noonan syndrome
  • Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)
  • Complement disorders
  • T cell disorders
  • Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP)
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  •  

 

  • Hypospadias
  • Undescended testes
  • Balanitis xerotica obliterans (BXO)
  • Enuresis
  • Cryptorchidism
  • Wilm’s tumour
  • Osgood-Schlatter’s disease
  • Rickets
  • Talipes
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Achondroplasia

Anatomy 🫁

  • Anatomical terms of location

 

  • The basal ganglia
  • Cerebrum
  • Lobes of the brain (overview)
  • Auditory pathways
  • Axilla
  • Intrinsic muscles of the hand
  • Median nerve
  • Radial nerve
  • Ulnar nerve
  • Deltoid muscle
  • Radius
  • Blood supply upper limb
  • Osteology of the shoulder girdle
  • Osteology of the elbow and forearm
  • Rib cage
  • Sternum
  • Pulmonary arteries and veins
  • Bronchi
  • Clavicle
  • Scapula
  • Sacrum
  • Peritoneum
  • Stomach anatomy
  • Duodenum
  • Bones of the pelvis
  • Pelvic girdle
  • Perineum
  • Testicular anatomy

Physiology 🦠

  • Lysosomes
  • Golgi apparatus
  • Mitochondria
  • Endoplasmic reticulum
  • Cell membrane
  • Nucleus
  • Mitosis
  • The TCA cycle
  • Meiosis
  • Glycolysis
  • DNA overview
  • Genes overview
  • Transcription of DNA
  • Translation of DNA
  • DNA replication
  • Inheritance
  • The peripheral nervous system overview
  • The central nervous system overview
  • Synapse types
  • Action potentials
  • Summation
  • Neurons
  • Oligodendrocytes
  • Astrocytes

These focused articles should complement our immune response guide:

  • T cells
  • B cells
  • Phagocytes
  • Leukocytes
  • Complement system
  • Acute inflammation
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Regulation of blood pH
  • Electron transport chain
  • Cardiac muscle (structure and how it contracts)
  • Passage of blood through the heart
  • The circulatory system (systemic circuit, pulmonary circuit)
  • Capillary exchange (how blood transits from the arterial system to venous system via capillaries)
  • Formation of urine
  • Functions of the urinary system
  • Maintaining water-salt balance
  • Homeostasis throughout the body
  • Thermo-regulation
  • Body composition
  • Skeletal muscle contraction
  • Smooth muscle contraction
  • Lactic acid
  • Layers of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Overview of the digestive system
  • Lipids
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Types of glands overview (exocrine vs endocrine)
  • Hormones overview (types, where they are produced, action)
  • Anterior pituitary hormones
  • Posterior pituitary hormones
  • Calcitonin
  • Thyroid hormone
  • Parathyroid hormone
  • Endocrine pancreas
  • Adrenal gland hormones
  • Pancreatic exocrine hormones
  • Male gonadal hormones
  • Female gonadal hormones
  • Overview of the male reproductive system
  • Composition of semen
  • Hormone regulation
  • Erection regulation
  • Ejaculation
  • Spermatogenesis
  • Female reproductive cycle
  • Ovarian and uterine cycle (in non-pregnant women) – update our existing article
  • Fertilisation
  • Implantation
  • Ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm
  • Formation and function of the placenta
  • Amniotic fluid
  • Embryonic development (through each trimester)
  • Changes to the female body (through each trimester)
  • Lactation

Dentistry 🦷

Direct restorations

  • Isolation and moisture control
  • Tooth whitening
  • Anterior restorations
  • Posterior restorations

Indirect restorations

  • Veneers
  • Inlays
  • Onlays
  • Post and core restorations
  • Temporary restorations
  • Pathophysiology of gingivitis and periodontal disease
  • The new periodontal classification
  • Periodontal assessment
  • Peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis
  • Fixed partial dentures i.e. Bridges (Conventional and resin retained bridges)
  • Removable partial dentures (acrylic and cobalt chrome dentures)
  • Complete dentures
  • The root canal system
  • Direct and indirect pulp capping
  • Root canal treatment
  • Restoration of the root treated tooth
  • Implant placement
  • Medicine-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ) and ORNJ
  • Orthognathic surgery
  • Salivary gland pathology
  • Craniofacial disorders 
  • Dental abscess
  • Vesiculobullous lesions
  • Immunological disorders
  • Oral manifestations of systemic disease
  • Salivary gland disease
  • Orofacial pain and TMJ disorders
  • Abnormalities of the tongue and lips
  • Abnormalities of developing dentition
  • Stainless steel crowns and the Hall Technique
  • Orthodontic assessment including IOTN
  • Managing developing dentition
  • Cephalometrics
  • Amalgam
  • Resin Composites
  • Glass ionomers
  • Other cements
  • Impression materials
  • Waxes
  • Alloys
  • Ceramics
  • Acrylics
  • CAD/CAM
  • Paralleling and bisecting angles
  • Management of the pregnant patient
  • Medically complex patients
  • Patients on anticoagulants and antiplatelet drugs
  • Therapeutics
  • (Bariatric)
  • Epidemiology
  • Fluoride
  • Diet

Blog Post Topics  ✍️

  • Top tips for passing medical finals
  • Alternative career pathways in Medicine
  • Things to do in an F3 year (i.e. Trust Grade, Teaching Fellow, Work abroad, Locum)

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