Get Through New MRCGP: Clinical Skills Assessment
Published February 7th 2008 by CRC Press – 272 pages
The Clinical Skills Assessment has been developed as "an assessment of a doctor's ability to integrate and apply clinical, professional, communication and practical skills appropriate for general practice". Candidates will have to see 13 'patients' during the exam, presenting with problems that will test the doctor's skills in diagnosis, problem solving, communication and ethics, as well as practical clinical skills and treatment planning.
Get Through New MRCGP: Clinical Skills Assessment is a unique book designed to help the candidate with their preparation for this new and daunting examination.
The book opens with a chapter on how to approach the exam, giving valuable advice on how trainees can focus their time in day-to-day GP surgeries, and through reflection, video review and personal study, can develop the skills required to pass the CSA.
This is followed by two comprehensive mock examinations, each covering a spread of topics and skills as outlined in the new RCGP GP curriculum. The reader is provided with the full candidate and patient notes for each station, followed by a comprehensive discussion of the areas that the station is testing, and the points that should be covered by the candidate in order to get the best marks. Each station is supplemented by a summary of the knowledge base required for the scenario, including the latest national guidelines, and a list of take-home messages and further reading.
The clinical skills assessment (CSA) has been something of an unknown, and perhaps worrying, entity for prospective candidates, trainers and examiners because it is such a new exam. (…) This book aims to allay these apprehensions (…) Overall, the book is well written, readable and not cumbersome. It is useful, thought provoking and enjoyable to work through. It should give the candidate the confidence to recognise that this exam is more objective than previously, and more relevant to general practice.
Dr Mehul Mathukia, GP, June 2008
From time to time books are published which every doctor studying the subject will have to refer to. I believe that this is such a volume.
5 Stars: Excellent book
Preparing for the Clinical Skills Assessment:
The â€˜whyâ€™, â€˜whatâ€™, â€˜whenâ€™ and â€˜howâ€™
Bruno Rushforth MA(Cantab) MBChB MA
GP Specialty Registrar, West Riding GP Specialty Training Programme, Yorkshire Deanery
Val Wass BSc FRCGP FRCP MHPE PhD
Professor of Community Based Medical Education, Manchester Medical School, University of Manchester