I've listed a collection of textbooks and resources I used during each year at King's in chronological order. For MBBS1 and MBBS2, I solely relied on the lecture slides as the questions are formed directly from them. I have made some question booklets based on these slides too. Also massive disclaimer, if you purchase the books through the Amazon links below I get a bit of money. That said, I would in all honesty recommend borrowing them and only purchasing them if you really think they're helpful!

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Writtens: The lecture notes on the VirtualCampus

OSCE: Masterpass for Final Years covers the stations really well. However (biased), I would recommend using this website or my OSCE app which has most the stations.


Writtens: I recommend using mini Kumar & Clark to understand what happens in each disease. However, in the exams I noticed that many questions were on diagnostic criteria, gold standard investigations and management which is covered best by Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine (a.k.a cheese & onion). If you start with this book, you may be very confused as it does not explain things often at all. Psychiatry PRN, written by the same person who runs Extreme Psychiatry, is an amazing book for the Psych part of NOP/Rotation B. For data interpretation, particularly during the Chest and Abdo rotations, I recommend this book which covers it brilliantly!

Whilst these books may feel too light, the emphasis is consolidating your clinical skills in MBBS3. Nevertheless, if you like extra detail use the Lecture Note series in Abdominal, Cardiology, Neurology and Respiratory medicine. Remember the emphasis is on common conditions, so know these inside out.

OSCE: Masterpass and Macleod's are best. Masterpass is not sufficient to pass as it has insufficient detail and has some mistakes. Macleod's however is very good in that it details clinical findings and really explains what they mean. Also, I recommend this website or my OSCE app (I'm obviously biased), as it covers most of the potential stations in the OSCE.


Writtens: Oxford handbook of clinical specialties (a.k.a. salt & vinegar) covers things well but often not in enough detail. It's important to remember that how many weeks you spent on it = the number of questions on a topic. For example, this means that you need to know Obs & Gynae in approximately three times as much detail as Orthopaedics.
RSH: I recommend reading the Green Top RCOG guidelines and BASHH guidelines as well as ABC of Breast, which covers more than what you need about Breast conditions despite its length. Impey is great for explanations, but as it isn't as up to date as the guidelines it is occasionally wrong. As the exams are based on the guidelines, this isn't a good thing!
EMTL: I recommend for Trauma and Locomotion the Churchill book which covers both Rheumatology and Orthopaedics brilliantly and fairly concisely. For Emergency Medicine I suggest the Resus council website and the emergency section of Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine. For Anaesthetics, the brief chapter in Oxford Handbook of Emergency Medicine (NOT Oxford Handbook of Anaesthetics, which is way too advanced!) is great. Borrow it though, not worth buying for one chapter!
CHDA: I recommend the Paediatric society weekend course which I found very useful for the exam content. Psychiatry PRN for the Child and Elderly Psych. And I also used a little of Lecture notes: Elderly Care Medicine for topics such as falls and other elderly care specific topics.

OSCE: I recommend using my OSCE app (I'm obviously biased) as well as Masterpass for Specialties.


Writtens: Currently using Surgical Talk for Surgery as this has concise information aimed at medical student level. As for medicine, I am primarily again using the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine. For the Prescribing Safety Assessment I recommend Pass the PSA which I found helpful as it covers each section of the PSA with good examples and practice questions. However, the best resource is the official website which contains great mock papers!

OSCE: Currently using Masterpass again this year, but I don't think it has sufficient detail to pass and I have noticed some mistakes. For more detail on clinical findings, I will be using Macleod's again which was invaluable for third year. Another great book that I used in third year, because of the sheer number of quality cases, actor briefs and mark schemes, is this book which I highly recommend. Finally, I recommend using Cases for Paces which I find very helpful to link my examination findings even though it is advanced. And of course, I recommend this website and my OSCE app (I'm clearly biased), as it covers many of the potential stations in the OSCE.

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Disclaimer! These are the books I wrote for MBBS 1 and 2 (and Clinical Neurology for MBBS 3). The questions contained in these booklets are also available in my Medicine MCQs app.

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14 October 2017 at 23:16 delete

Hi what would you recommend for improving prescribing skills for OSCEs? Thank you.

21 October 2017 at 22:31 delete

Excellent question! Honestly though I wouldn't recommend a specific textbook as it is something best revised with a laminated practice drug chart and scenarios that commonly come up for you to practice with! Talk to your colleagues/seniors for pointers on which scenarios may feature