Oxford Case Histories in Cardiology PDF
Post-graduate medicine is evolving. The core curriculum developed for all medical specialties is a competence-based document dictating the knowledge, skills and attitudes which a trainee should obtain before a certificate of completion of training (CCT) can be awarded. Mandatory knowledge and performance-based assessments are being conducted in order to ensure these standards are met. Although ‘student-centred learning’ is encouraged in order to develop mastery of the core curriculum, there are few books available to direct higher trainees preparing for these examinations.
We firmly believe that the use of clinical material is one of the best methods of learning and teaching medicine. This is just as true for experienced consultants as for first year clinical medical students. However, although many collections of cases are available for medical students and as preparation for the MRCP(UK), there are few that challenge the experienced clinician or trainee specialist. It is for this reason that the cases are not only challenging, but also, we hope, entertaining and informative.
The general medical council is now issuing licences to practice and re-validation will soon be a requirement. We envisage that use of advanced clinical texts such as this could be included in a portfolio of continuing medical education that could be used to support a process of specialist re-validation.
The book consists of 50 case presentations each describing the clinical history and progress of a patient. Each case includes a set of questions to which we have given detailed evidence-based answers. Where evidence is unclear and clinical judgement is required we have expressed our opinion.
The selection of cases covers the breadth of cardiology including acute emergencies requiring rapid diagnosis and treatment and chronic diseases which require thoughtful management.
The major topics of the cardiology core curriculum are covered but it is not the aim of this book to give the answers to all cardiological questions. Rather the Socratic method of questions and answers is intended to guide towards deeper thought about clinical issues.
The questions and answers format also ensures that this book will be suitable for those preparing for specialist examinations in acute medicine and cardiology. However, perhaps more importantly, this book bridges the gap between the acute physician and the cardiologist through the discussion of cases from their initial acute presentation to the on-take team through to the management initiated by cardiologists in a tertiary centre.
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