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This page lists the topics we’re actively looking for authors to cover. If you are interested in writing for Geeky Medics, choose a topic from this page and submit a pitch which will be reviewed by our editor.

If you have an idea for something that isn’t listed here (and isn’t already on the site), you can submit your topic via the pitch form.

Message from the editor

Dear potential contributor,

Thank you for your interest in contributing to Geeky Medics! We can support you through the publishing process and provide a certificate recognising your contribution to Geeky Medics. 

This page lists the topics we’re looking to cover. If possible, please choose a topic from our ‘Frequently requested topics’ section. 

I look forward to reading your pitch.

Chris

Dr Chris Jefferies | Editor

[email protected]


CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A PITCH TO WRITE AN ARTICLE FROM THE LIST BELOW


Frequently requested topics ✨

OSCE guides

  • VTE risk assessment & documentation
  • In-hospital advanced life support (ALS)
  • Examination of speech
  • Slump test
  • Insertion of a central venous catheter
  • Fascia iliaca compartment block (FICB)
  • Joint aspiration/injection
  • Weight loss history taking
  • Abdominal pain history taking
  • Cough history taking
  • Fall history taking

Other topics

  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Overview of prescribing laxatives
  • Stroke
  • Epilepsy
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Crohn’s disease

Clinical Skills 💉

  • Nutritional assessment
  • Examination of speech
  • EPSE examination
  • Lung sounds guide
  • ABCDE / emergency management of major obstetric haemorrhage
  • ABCDE / emergency management of shoulder dystocia
  • ABCDE / emergency management of eclampsia
  • Maternal cardiac arrest

Basic procedures

 

Advanced procedures

  • Ultrasound-guided intravenous cannulation
  • Needle thoracocentesis for pneumothorax
  • Joint aspiration/injection
  • 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 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
  • 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

  • Facial weakness 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

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
  • Genetic counselling
  • Levodopa
  • ACE-inhibitors
  • Explaining a coroner’s referral
  • Graph interpretation including histogram, box & whisker, forest plot, scatter graph, line graph, funnel plots, L’Abbe plot and Cates plots
  • Commonly prescribed medications
  • Common drug reactions

Medicine 💊

 

  • Myocarditis
  • Asbestos-related lung disease
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome
  • Alcohol-related liver disease
  • Liver cirrhosis 
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC)
  • Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency
  • Liver cancer
  • Liver transplant
  • Wilson’s disease
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
  • Dialysis (to expand our brief overview in our CKD guide)
  • Renal transplant (to expand our brief overview in our CKD guide)
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Acute tubular necrosis
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Interstitial nephritis
  • Renal tubular acidosis
  • Haemolytic uraemic syndrome
  • Renal artery stenosis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Hyperosmolar hyperglycaemic state
  • Hypothalamic-pituitary axis
  • Hyperaldosteronism
  • Phaeochromocytoma
  • Conn’s syndrome
  • Hyperprolactinaemia
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs)
  • Wernicke’s encephalopathy
  • Benign essential tremor
  • 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)
  • Viral hepatitis (A-E)
  • Malaria
  • Influenza
  • EBV infection
  • Lyme disease
  • An overview of notifiable diseases
  • Measles
  • Rubella
  • MRSA
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Ketamine
  • LSD
  • Pernicious anaemia
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura
  • Primary myelofibrosis
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome
  • Von Willebrand disease
  • G6PD deficiency
  • Hereditary spherocytosis
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Osteomalacia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Raynaud’s
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Antiphospholipid syndrome
  • Vasculitis
  • Discoid lupus erythematosus
  • Paget’s disease of the bone
  • Polymyositis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Medically unexplained symptoms
  • Urticaria
  • Cellulitis 
  • Head lice

 

  • Travel advice 
  • Deprivation Of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS)

Surgery 🔪

  • Postoperative management and recovery
  • Organ donation
  • Post-operative pain management

 

  • Ileus
  • Post-op pyrexia
  • Mesenteric ischaemia
  • Volvulus
  • Hiatus hernia
  • Gastric cancer
  • Achalasia
  • Obstructive jaundice
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma (to update the current version with our newer format)
  • Pancreatic cancer (to update the current version with our newer 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
  • Supracondylar fractures of the humerus
  • Total hip replacement
  • Radius and ulna shaft fractures
  • Ulnar nerve injury
  • Femoral and tibial fractures
  • Testicular cancer
  • Epididymo-orchitis
  • An overview of common urological investigations (RUG, VUCG, Cystography)
  • Pyelonephritis
  • Hydrocoele
  • Prostatitis
  • Lymphoedema
  • Base of skull fracture
  • IIH
  • VP shunt (procedure/complications)

Obstetrics & Gynaecology 🤰

Obstetric emergencies

  • Instrumental vaginal birth
  • Uterine rupture
  • Amniotic fluid embolism

Antenatal care

  • An overview of routine antenatal care
  • Large for gestational age
  • 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

  • Varicella-zoster

Malignancy

  • Ovarian cancer

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

  • Molar 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
  • Co-arctation of the aorta
  • Transposition of the great arteries
  • Innocent murmurs

 

 

 

  • 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 🫁

 

 

  • 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
  • Pelvic girdle
  • Perineum
  • Testicular anatomy / male reproductive system

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
  • 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

 

 

  • 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

Tips for getting published 🙌

  • Explore the website and make sure that we haven’t published something similar before (if pitching an idea not on the Editor’s list).
  • Keep the reader in mind. You’re writing for undergraduate and graduate medical students looking to pass exams efficiently, survive the first days of clinical life and gain competency for the foundation years.
  • Reference your article or question (and, use reputable sources. No wiki, please!).
  • Seek a senior review of your piece of work for accuracy.

How do I send you my ideas? 🤔

First, you need to submit a pitch of the article or blog you want to write.

If we like it, we’ll be in touch to have you write your first draft.

Following the submission of your first draft, you’ll receive the final decision on publication of your article within two months. This process takes time as all content is reviewed and edited.