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1st Edition

Mastering Emergency Medicine
A Practical Guide

ISBN 9781853157448
Published November 27, 2009 by CRC Press
504 Pages

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Book Description

Mastering Emergency Medicine is a concise, revision-focused textbook that covers everything that candidates need to know in order to pass the College of Emergency Medicine's (CEM) membership examination (MCEM) to enter training, and to the pass fellowship examination (FCEM) to complete the Certificate of Specialist Training.

With over 100 OSCE scenarios designed to stimulate everyday emergency department clinical encounters, Mastering Emergency Medicine covers all the key areas of the CEM syllabus, including: clinical examinations and practical skills, communication skills, teaching and management.

This book takes a practical approach to the subject - core facts are presented and common scenarios are explored using an OSCE style, as used in the Part C MCEM and the FCEM examinations - which makes it an invaluable blueprint for management of cases.

Closely linked to the current CEM syllabus, each chapter comprises three parts:

  1. Core topics that supplement revision for Part A and B.
  2. Clinical scenarios, including data and relevant practical skills that can be used to prepare for Parts B and C.
  3. Mock 'Scoring Scenarios' that give specific guidance on how to perform in OSCEs.

Mastering Emergency Medicine is a highly detailed revision guide for the OSCE examinations and an essential study guide for all those who are preparing for the MCEM or FCEM examinations. It will also be useful to those who are wishing to pursue a career in Acute Medicine.

Table of Contents

Surviving the CEM Examination
Anaesthetics and Pain Relief
Wound Management
Major Trauma
Musculoskeletal Emergencies
Vascular Emergencies
Abdominal Emergencies
Genitourinary Emergencies
Ophthalmological Emergencies
Ear, Nose and Throat Conditions
Maxillofacial Emergencies
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Respiratory Emergencies
Cardiological Emergencies
Neurological Emergencies
Acid-Base Disorders
Toxicological Emergencies
Renal Emergencies
Endocrine Emergencies
Haematological Emergencies
Infectious Diseases
Dermatological Emergencies
Oncological Emergencies
Rheumatological Emergencies
Paediatric Emergencies
Psychiatric Emergencies
Major Incident Management
Medicolegal Aspects of Emergency Medicine
Communication Skills
Practical Skills for the Emergency Department
Management Skills
Evidence-Based Medicine
Instructions for actors in relevant OSCEs

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Specialist Registrar in Emergency Medicine, South East Thames, London Deanery, London, UK

Mathew Hall BMBCh PhD MCEM
Senior Clinical Fellow in Emergency Medicine, Princess Royal University Hospital, Kent, UK

Andrew Parfitt MAEd FRCS FCEM
Associate Medical Director and Clinical Director of Acute Medicine and Gastrointestinal Surgery,
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust, London, UK


"…a good investment for a student or doctor regardless of their grade…"
—Anthony Starr, Junior Practitioner, Cumbria, UK

"This is a welcome first edition for trainees in Emergency Medicine. Never before has there been a concise, revision-focused text that aids preparation for the Emergency Medicine clinical exams, at both Membership and Fellowship standards.

The layout of this book includes shaded boxes highlighting important learning points such as relevant scoring systems, complications and risk factors. The authors use useful mnemonics as a learning aid for those of us who prefer this style of learning. Where relevant, there are external references quoted such as NICE, Toxbase and the Resuscitation Council for further reading.

In summary, no book is a substitute for clinical experience and the coverage of topics in this text is not exhaustive but reading this well-presented and up-to-date text, which has been written specifically for the MCEM and FCEM clinical examination is undoubtedly an excellent adjunct to seeing patients in the emergency department in preparation for the College exams."

—Dr Andrew Dobbin, Ulster Med J; 79: 106-8