‘Kumar and Clark’ remains relatively useless. Buy the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine (sometimes
referred to as the "Cheese and Onion" because apparently it's the same colour as the packaging for cheeseand onion crisps back in the day).
CHOOSE YOUR BIBLE: either Red’s or Herron’s guides, purchased from the Lenton Print Shop
[NB Heron’s is
actually on the NLE]
. These are guides written by past students containing all the information you’ll need to
know to pass the knowledge exams.
Heron's has a jazzier font but Red’s is less waffly. Either way you won't
pass without one! You may complain about these books, decide they are useless and don't have enoughinformation or that it is just copied from one of the leading textbooks without any diagrams. BUT, in the lastweeks of revision it will be a lifesaver.
Invest in a loud alarm clock and some strong coffee.
Remember CFU? Yeah, it's time to start thinking about it now, and checking what your patient has been up toin the months that you've not spoken to them.
The answer to pretty much every question is either 'I would do a full history and examination' or 'ABCDE'(Airway/ Breathing/ Circulation/ Disability/ Exposure/Everything else). On a similar note, gallstones tend tocome up quite a lot for no apparent reason, s
o if you’re stuck for an answer
- suggest them.
Just never wear a bow-tie.
MAKE SURE YOU OWN A STETHOSCOPE. If you're getting one now, make use of the engraving service thatoften comes with them to add your name, as junior doctors will often wander off with them after borrowingthem for "a few" patients.
Buy a cheap black biro, and when it gets lost or 'stolen' buy a whole bunch more. There is always a shortageof pens on a ward and everyone from doctors to nurses to the pharmacist need more. What better way tomake friends than to be their dealer. On a similar note never, ever write on a patient notes in blue ink. Justdon't.
Take opportunities! You will always learn much more by getting involved and volunteering yourself to dothings. It may seem a little bit scary if you have never done it before but you'll gain a lot. And don't be afraidto ask questions; most doctors are more than happy to talk to you and will probably be impressed that youare interested!
You may find yourself in a situation you aren't comfortable with or you find upsetting. Let someone know andtalk to them about it.