The purpose of this book is crystal clear: to help you pass your exams through productive and efficient learning. It breaks up revision into manageable chunks so that it does not feel daunting, tedious or impractical. In fact, if you spend just 1 minute immersed in its text, you will learn a thing or two. You don’t even have to start at the beginning, you can start anywhere you like!
Now although these exams are separate entities, they build upon each other with increasing relevance to clinical practice. For example you need MRCP Part 1 knowledge to pass MRCP Part 2. You need MRCP Part 2 knowledge to pass PACES & the Acute Medicine SCE.
This book provides such scope and addresses an array of topics across the many syllabi. It functions as a hybrid between an MCQ book and a textbook, presenting these topics as high yield facts. Each fact is in the form of a question to mirror the exams. However, unlike MCQ books, you don’t have to annoyingly jump to the back to read the answer. The answer is right under the question.
There are many benefits to this approach:
- By touching on a variety of different topics, it helps identify your deficiencies and builds upon your strengths
- It focuses on boosting your memory through strategies like spaced repetition and active recall e.g. you will quickly find that it brings to light information that you previously learnt but may have forgotten
- The facts are presented like a random generator to train your brain to quickly transition from one specialty to another. Many of them have clinical context to aid with learning through association e.g. it is easier to remember the management of a condition when you have seen or treated someone with it, rather than cramming the NICE guidelines
Finally it’s worth mentioning that this book is not just for those doing exams. It facilitates lifelong learning. If you dip into it every so often, you’ll find yourself developing as a better physician and providing a higher standard of care for your patients. Unlike the vast majority of doctors who forget everything that was once learnt, you will be an exception by keeping your knowledge alive with this book.
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