How to succeed at Medical Schools

An essential guide to learning.

A nice student oriented apparoach to Medical Education as a subject.

An ebook you  and your  students  would like to read.

The apparoach of the book a BMJ publication is to teach our students about the terminologies/Taxonomy  and processes of Medical Education which we use as teachers.

Throughout the working career of a doctor keeping up to date is a major factor in providing good care to patients. This book aims to help undergraduates  learn some of the huge number of different skills required to distil new facts  and new knowledge in order to keep ahead with their learning for the rest of  their professional life. It is a most unusual book in that it is written to help students develop their own skills and awareness around learning. It does not  contain factual knowledge but is about the skills required to cope with medical school. It covers aspects of learning such as cognitive skills, motivation, self-regulation of study skills, and the actual ‘concept’ of learning rather than the   content   for   knowledge.   It   helps   aid   students   to   learn   effectively   and  efficiently and even tells you how you will know when you know enough!

It does this in sections about knowledge, learning clinical and communication skills, learning how to work in a small group and, lastly, it even gives helpful   advice   on   ‘examination   technique’!   There   are   helpful   suggestions about reflecting on the type of learner the student is and how to revise for examinations.   Above   all,   it   discusses   the   broader   issues   about   ‘living’   and how to achieve a good life–work balance. It also helps with the aspirations of  students and guides them to think about the future and the type of career  they might like.

Although the authors say that they have written this book for students about to embark on a medical course and younger medical students, this book would also help those involved in ‘teaching’ healthcare professionals. It certainly would have saved me a lot of time learning how to get through a medical course.

The authors both have a vast experience in this area and much of their book has been gleaned from first-hand experience. I certainly enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to all students and teachers.

Who is this book for?
You may be reading this book because you are thinking of joining a medical course, or because you are in the first few years of training. In this case you will find this book particularly useful in helping you manage the transition  to new ways of learning. This book will also be of interest to more senior students, and may be of interest and relevance to students of other health professions and academics involved in their learning.

What is this book for?
Learning how to learn effectively and efficiently During your years at medical school you will buy plenty of books. Almost all these books will cover what you need to know. This book is different, it concentrates on how to learn effectively and efficiently whilst at medical school and beyond. There is good evidence that helping students develop their awareness of how to learn, and helping them develop a variety of learning techniques results in large improvements in performance.

Medical school is different
The learning environment at medical school is fundamentally different to secondary   school   or   other   university   courses.   You   are   expected   to   learn   a huge amount of diverse information, ranging from Anatomy to Ethics, to become proficient in many new skills, ranging from taking blood to breaking bad news, and to be able to integrate skills with knowledge in order to work with a patient to make a diagnosis and management plan. You are expected to learn much of this without being specifically taught it. You are expected to be able to find out what you need to know, and to learn it to an appropriate level, often with little support.

Main Contents

  • Chapter 1     What kind of learner are you?
  • Chapter 2      Learning knowledge
  • Chapter 3      Learning clinical skills
  • Chapter 4      Learning clinical communication skills
  • Chapter 5     Working in a group
  • Chapter 6      Developing your academic writing skills
  • Chapter 7      Portfolios and reflection
  • Chapter 8      Life-work balance
  • Chapter 9      Revision
  • Chapter 10  Exam technique: general rules
  • Chapter 11  Exam technique: specific examples
  • Chapter 12  Thinking ahead: student-selected components, careers and electives

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