Back to Medical School

Studying medicine at undergraduate level and beyond is an exciting time for any prospective doctor. It can lead to immense self-development and you learn critical clinical and professional skills that will see you through your medical career.

Whether you are a seasoned student or about to start your training in September, our content collection below will equip you for both your study and clinical practice.



Thinking about medicine 

from Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, Tenth Edition 


Beginning a career in medicine takes much consideration and isn't a career to be taken lightly given the demands expected of those in medical care. If this is something you are thinking about or are reviewing as you progress in your career, discover or rediscover the core principals of medicine with this chapter.



Making decisions 

from Oxford Handbook for Medical School 


Read this chapter which outlines the importance of early career decisions at medical school and career destinations and keeping an open mind while experiencing what is on offer to allow you to set yourself up well for career progression and development regardless of your chosen specialty. 





Life on the wards

from Oxford Handbook for the Foundation Programme, Fifth Edition 


As you make the transition from medical school to the foundation programme, learn what you can expect from daily life on the wards, including ward rounds, being on-call, night shifts, and common ward dilemmas to ensure you are ready for the next stage of your career.






Diagnostic reasoning 

from Diagnosis and Treatment in Internal Medicine 


Diagnostic reasoning is the mental process by which physicians turn information about the patient into the name of a disease. To do this, physicians must gather and evaluate evidence relevant to the clinical problem, and then choose a diagnosis or make a decision about management. Brush up on the essential skills needed for this here


Basic pathology

from Oxford Handbook of Clinical Pathology, Second Edition 


Make sure you're up-to-date with basic pathological concepts, including definitions of common pathological terms, that you'll come across throughout clinical practice with this chapter






The history 

from the Oxford Handbook of Clinical and Examination Skills, Second Edition


Like all things in medicine, there is a tried and tested standard sequence for taking a patient's history which you should stick to and is used by all practitioners. Get to grips with this technique to ensure you can make accurate diagnoses and improve patient outcomes. 







Medical ethics 

from Oxford Textbook of Medicine, Fifth Edition


As medicine is both a scientific and a moral enterprise, it is as important to give reasons for the ethical aspects of clinical decisions as it is for the scientific aspects. It is vital you understand the ethics underpinning medical practice and the complexities they may present when dealing with a variety of situations and patients. Start off with foundational principles here