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My First nMRCGP Book

Lots of easily accessible information about the new exam, and lots of bad jokes, in this curate's egg of a book

Lots of easily accessible information about the new exam, and lots of bad jokes, in this curate's egg of a book

This intriguingly named book is primarily aimed at GPVTS trainees.

It, in its own unique style, aims to guide the reader through the quagmire that is the nMRCGP. The authors are GPs with copious experience in teaching GP trainees.

The book has a sensible structure mainly consisting of four chapters. These include an overview of the new examination structure, applied knowledge test, clinical skills assessment and the work-based assessment.

There is more detailed information regarding ethics, consultation models and critical appraisal to round off with.

Each chapter does manage to convey the information in bite size chunks with examples and examination tips throughout, interspersed with their own particular variety of humour to lighten the read.

Within each chapter there are useful references, which will help anyone revising for the examination. Having them in the book is nice and does reassure that the figures have not just been plucked out of thin air.

The book does cover all aspects that a new trainee in general practice would need to get a broad overview of what they have let themselves in for and does so in an accessible fashion.

The examination tips generally are sensible and could be helpful. In that regard I can't fault it. I would recommend it to a new entrant on a scheme - but with one very large caveat.

The authors have injected their own particular brand of humour liberally throughout the book.

Humour is very subjective and I personally found it extremely irritating, distracting and occasionally patronising.

The humour to me, and again this is purely subjective, smacked of someone trying far too hard. I personally could have done without it.

So if you and the authors share the same sort of humour and you've just started a GPVTS course this book is a very good starting point to steer yourselves through the next few years.

Otherwise, do what countless others have done previously and talk to your peers and trainers, use the internet and you'll probably have the same information without the jokes.

Dr Syed Haque

Rating: 3/5

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