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The Unofficial Guide to Medicine

The Unofficial Guide to Medicine is a unique publishing model which gives healthcare students and junior doctors a say in the development of books for their education, and encourages them to become one of the authors. From proofreading, editing and graphic design to reviewing print copies, we place students at the forefront of the entire process. We do this because we believe that, in contrast to seniors, students’ ongoing relationship to the medical curriculum better places them to relate to the needs of their peers and to write in a language digestible to them.

At the beginning of this project in 2012, there were only a handful of contributors. The Unofficial Guide to Medicine is now a global success, with hundreds of contributors from around the world, and with our textbooks being widely recognised, winning awards such as BMA Book of the Year and the British Institute of Radiology Award for Excellence. Some of our books have become Amazon bestsellers, including The Unofficial Guide to Passing OSCEs, our ever-popular breakdown of how to pass those crucial exams, and The Unofficial Guide to Radiology. We offer the opportunity to join people like yourself in working on these uniquely peer-led textbooks. You are the experts on your current learning needs, and we look forward to offering unmatched opportunities for enthusiastic and hard-working individuals.

Follow these links to find free sample pages from our full range of books:

The Unofficial Guide to Passing OSCEs

The Unofficial Guide to Passing OSCEs details everything you need to know to pass these all-important exams. Presented in the form of mock examination stations, the book covers history-taking, examinations, some practical skills and lots of specialty stations. It contains over 300 full colour clinical photos, and over 100 OSCE scenarios with model answers to key questions and how to confidently present your findings. This is the bestselling OSCE book on Amazon is now in its third edition!

The Unofficial Guide to Passing OSCEs: Candidate Briefings, Patient Briefings and Mark Schemes

This sister-book to The Unofficial Guide to Passing OSCEs is designed to help you role-play mock OSCEs that mimic those found in the actual exam, and features over 92 stations, each containing real-life instructions for the student, thorough directions for a patient and an extensive mark scheme that is used for day-to-day reference by professionals. Additional questions and answers at the end of each station are also provided to test your knowledge. Ideal for students who study with friends!

The Unofficial Guide to Practical Skills

The Unofficial Guide to Practical Skills is the only comprehensive step-by-step guide to all of the procedures you need up to the level of Junior Doctor. With over 300 high-quality professional photos and illustrations, we demonstrate core clinical competencies following current guidelines. The book is Highly Commended by the International Journal of Clinical Skills, and goes through everything from taking a manual blood pressure, to choosing the appropriate oxygen mask – all the way to taking lumbar punctures and knee taps.

The Unofficial Guide to Radiology

Highly recommended by the Royal College of Radiologists, this title covers virtually every X-ray you are expected to know about up to final year and beyond, with additional imaging such as MRIs, CTs, ultrasounds and PET scans. It has over 100 high-quality, A4, fully-annotated images, each with comprehensive reports by expert radiologists. It is on the Royal College of Radiologist’s recommended reading list, was awarded The British Institute of Radiology Undergraduate Resource of the Year 2015, and was ‘Highly Commended’ at the BMA Medical Book Awards 2015!

The Unofficial Guide to Prescribing

The Unofficial Guide to Prescribing lays out the practical steps of how to assess, investigate and manage patients, with a focus on what to prescribe and how to prescribe it. Scenarios are presented as they would occur within a hospital, with initial investigations and management, reassessment and definitive treatment. It features example drug charts filled in with model answers for realistic scenarios, and additional blank charts for further practice. The book’s aim is to empower newly graduated junior doctors to excel at dealing with emergencies and handling complex prescribing scenarios.

The Unofficial Guide to Medical Research, Audit and Teaching

Recommended by the BMA Book Awards 2015, this book has everything you need to stand out in future job applications beyond just being a good clinician. It covers statistics, research theory, and practical advice on how to get work published and how to find research opportunities, etc. It also has guides to writing papers, finding supervisors and funding, information on auditing, and advice on maximising your teaching impact. Ideal for students wishing to build their CV through research and peer-tutoring.

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