Clinical Skills



We’ve created a bespoke list of chapters from key skills and education titles to help you develop and hone the essential clinical skills that every medical professional needs.


Chapters free until March 31st 2020

Mental Health Law
from A Medic's Guide to Essential Legal Matters


This chapter demonstrates how an understanding of a patient’s mental health within his or her particular social and family context is central to clinical practice across all of medicine.

Medicus Incomprehensibilis – Writing in Plain English 
from Plain English for Doctors and Other Medical Scientists


Being able to write clearly and concisely is a valuable skill in medical writing, yet complex science and grammar often prevent this from happening. 


Read this excerpt which frames the problem of unclear writing as a medical condition and shows how using Plain English writing tips is a proven treatment.   


Teaching History of Medicine/Healthcare in Residency
from Health Humanities in Postgraduate Medical Education


While teaching medical history to undergraduates is age old, teaching residents is a rather new education focus.


This chapter gives clinicians context on how to teach residents, as well as conveying what a good knowledge of history might bring.   


Selection of the Research Question
from Critical Thinking in Clinical Research: Applied Theory and Practice Using Case Studies


This chapter discusses the first steps of any research project and what you can do to develop your own research question. 

Public Speaking and Presentation Skills
from Physician Communication: Connecting with Patients, Peers, and the Public


Improve your public speaking skills with this free chapter. Learn how to identify and tap into your natural personality, attributes, and communication style so you can begin to feel more comfortable with this core skill.

Diagnostic Reasoning
from Risk and Reasoning in Clinical Diagnosis


Reasoning is “the process of thinking about something in a logical way in order to form a conclusion or judgment”.


Discover how clinicians think as they undertake the defining act of their work with this chapter

Dealing with uncertainty
from Diagnosis and Treatment in Internal Medicine


Uncertainty is a frequent and often uncomfortable element in medicine. In this chapter, the focus is on dealing with uncertainty in diagnosis, prognosis, and management to enable you to make better judgments and decisions.

Keys to Effective Communication in All Circumstances
from Communication in Emergency Medicine


Discover the key to effective communication in the emergency department and how fundamental communication guidelines can be adapted to any circumstance here.  


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