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Clinical Skills 💉

  • Deep vein thrombosis assessment
  • Cushing’s syndrome assessment (focusing on the key signs)
  • 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
  • Acromegaly assessment (focusing on the key signs)
  • Nutritional assessment
  • How to administer a nebulised medication
  • Joint aspiration/injection
  • Continuous suture guide (we have some footage to help with the written article – see our other suture guides here)

Generic communication skills

  • Upper limb neurological history (e.g. weakness, sensory disturbance, radiculopathic pain, fasciculations)
  • 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

Histories focused on a presenting complaint

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.

Respiratory:

  • Cough history
  • Breathlessness history

Gastroenterology:

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

Obstetrics and gynaecology:

  • Vaginal bleeding in pregnancy history
  • Reduced fetal movements history
  • Incontinence history
  • Sub/infertility history
  • Pelvic pain history
  • Obstetric abdominal pain history
  • Vaginal bleeding history (outside of pregnancy)
  • Amenorrhoea history

Urological:

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

Other:

  • Fatigue (‘tired all the time) history
  • Weight loss history
  • Memory impairment history
  • Head injury history
  • Bleeding history (e.g. in patients with bleeding disorders)
  • Weight gain history
  • Eating disorder history
  • Anxiety history
  • Vertigo history
  • Collateral confusion history (e.g. delirium/dementia)

Paediatrics:

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

Counselling

  • Genetic counselling
  • Metformin
  • Levodopa
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopy

Diagnosis explanation

  • Explaining a diagnosis of acne
  • Explaining a diagnosis of psoriasis
  • Interpreting U&Es (to be structured similarly to our other interpretation guides e.g. FBC interpretation)
  • Summary of P450 inhibitors and inducers
  • Drug calculations overview – a guide to approaching drug calculations

Anatomy

  • Cerebrum
  • Lobes of the brain (overview)
  • Auditory pathways
  • Median nerve
  • Radial 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
  • Superior vena cava
  • Clavicle
  • Scapula
  • Sacrum
  • Peritoneum
  • Stomach anatomy
  • Duodenum

 


Medicine 💊

  •  
  • ARDS
  • Cor pulmonale
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
  • Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency
  • Haematemesis
  • Liver cancer
  • Haemochromatosis
  • Liver transplant
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Wilson’s disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Acute tubular necrosis
  • Dialysis
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Interstitial nephritis
  • Renal tubular acidosis
  • Renal transplant
  • Haemolytic uraemic syndrome
  • Renal artery stenosis
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Nephritic syndrome
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Acromegaly
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Hypothalamic-pituitary axis
  • Hyperaldosteronism
  • Phaeochromocytoma
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Conn’s syndrome
  • Hyperprolactinaemia
  • Huntington’s chorea
  • Lambert Eaton myasthenic syndrome
  • Benign essential tremor
  • Charcot-Marie-tooth disease
  • Tuberous sclerosis
  • Facial nerve palsy
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Essential tremor
  • Subclavian steal syndrome
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • EBV infection
  • Influenza
  • Cellulitis
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatitis D
  • Hepatitis E
  • Lyme disease
  • Measles
  • Rubella
  • MRSA
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstacy
  • Ketamine
  • LSD
  • Pernicious anaemia
  • Macrocytic anaemia
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Primary myelofibrosis
  • Myelodysplasic syndrome
  • Von Willebrand disease
  • Thalassaemia
  • Leukaemia
  • G6PD deficiency
  • Hereditary spherocytosis
  • Clotting cascade overview
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Antiphospholipid syndrome
  • Gout
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Pseudogout
  • Vasculitis
  • Discoid lupus erythematosus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteomalacia
  • Paget’s disease of the bone
  • Polymyositis
  • Dermatomyositis
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  • Depression (new version based on our new guidelines to replace our current version)
  • Ringworm
  • Erythema nodosum
  • Nappy rash
  • Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome
  • Hand, Foot and Mouth disease
  • Viral exanthems

 


Surgery 🔪

  • 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
  • Surgical sieves (aetiological & anatomical)
  • Wound dehiscence
  • Volvulus
  • Pharyngeal pouch
  • Barrett’s oesophagus
  • Achalasia
  • Oesophageal cancer
  • Gastric cancer
  • Hiatus hernia
  • Obstructive jaundice
  • Gallstone ileus
  • 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
  • Colon cancer
  • Malignancy of the small intestine
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Mesenteric adenitis
  • Pilonidal sinus
  • Acute appendicitis
  • Angiodysplasia
  • Diverticular disease
  • Anorectal abscess
  • Anal fissure
  • Anal fistula
  • Rectal cancer
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Meckel’s diverticulum
  • Cystic hygroma
  • Branchial cysts
  • Dysphonia
  • Radial nerve injury
  • Total hip replacement
  • Radius and ulna shaft fractures
  • Total knee replacement
  • Supracondylar fracture of the humerus
  • Ulnar nerve injury
  • Femoral and tibial fractures
  • Osteomyelitis
  • An overview of common urological investigations (RUG, VUCG, Cystography)
  • Testicular cancer
  • Pyelonephritis
  • Bladder cancer
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • Renal stones
  • Hydrocoele
  • Epididymo-orchitis
  • Prostatitis
  • Lymphoedema
  • Carotid stenosis
  • Base of skull fracture
  • Burns

Obstetrics & Gynaecology 🤰

Obstetric Emergencies

  • Instrumental vaginal birth
  • Uterine rupture
  • Placental abruption

Antenatal Care

  • Anaemia in pregnancy
  • Rhesus incompatibility
  • Obstetric cholestasis
  • Amniocentesis
  • Rubella
  • Acute fatty liver of pregnancy
  • Infections in pregnancy
  • Twins
  • VTE in pregnancy
  • PROM
  • Large for gestational age
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Chorionic villus sampling
  • Prolonged pregnancy
  • Polyhydramnios

Labour

  • Induction of 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

  • PID
  • HPV
  • Varicella-zoster

Malignancy

  • Ovarian cancer (to replace the current version with our newer, more succinct format)
  • Cervical cancer
  • Endometrial cancer (to replace the current version with our newer, more succinct format)

Menstrual Cycle Problems

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

Infertility

  • Infertility
  • IVF
  • Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome
  • Premature ovarian failure

Early Pregnancy

  • Miscarriage (to replace our current version using our newer, more succinct article format)
  • Termination of pregnancy
  • Molar pregnancy

Other

  • Bartholin’s cyst
  • HRT
  • Hysterectomy
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Female genital mutilation
  • Androgen insensitivity syndrome
  • Nabothian cysts
  • Asherman’s syndrome
  • Cervical ectropion
  • Cervical polyps
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Lichen sclerosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Meig’s syndrome
  • Ovarian torsion
  • Female urinary incontinence

 


Paediatrics 👶

  • Ventricular septal defects
  • Atrial septal defects
  • Patent ductus arteriosis
  • Co-arctation of the aorta
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Transposition of the great arteries
  • Innocent murmurs
  • Primary ciliary dyskinesia
  • Whooping cough
  • GORD
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Nephritic syndrome
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Klinefelter syndrome
  • Prader Willi syndrome
  • Angelman syndrome
  • Turner syndrome
  • William syndrome
  • Noonan syndrome
  • Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)
  • Complement disorders
  • T cell disorders
  • JIA
  • HSP
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Biliary atresia
  • Hirschsprung’s disease
  • Laryngomalacia
  • Epiglottis
  • Subglottic stenosis
  • Undescended testes
  • Hypospadias
  • Balanitis xerotica obliterans (BXO)
  • Enuresis
  • Cryptorchidism
  • Wilm’s tumour
  • Osgood-Schlatter’s disease
  • Rickets
  • Talipes
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Achondroplasia

 


Physiology 🦠

  • Lysosomes
  • Golgi apparatus
  • Mitochondria
  • Endoplasmic reticulum
  • Cell membrane
  • Nucleus
  • Apoptosis
  • Mitosis
  • The TCA cycle
  • Meiosis
  • Glycolysis
  • Cell cycle
  • DNA overview
  • Genes overview
  • Transcription of DNA
  • Translation of DNA
  • DNA replication
  • Inheritance
  • The peripheral nervous system overview
  • The autonomic 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:

  • B cells
  • Phagocytes
  • Leukocytes
  • Complement system
  • Acute inflammation
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Homeostasis and gas exchange
  • 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)
  • Cardiac cycle
  • 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
  • Proteins (overview of amino acids)
  • 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
  • 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 
  • 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
  • Radiographic views
  • 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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