Books are still a really useful resource for preparing for your exams.  They are portable, easy to annotate and contain useful summaries on appropriate topics.  All this without the distractions that you find online!




  • Textbook of adult emergency medicine – Cameron
  • Oxford handbooks – Specialities / GP / Emergency Medicine
  • Clinical medicine handbook – Kumar & Clark
  • ABC of Eyes / Skin / anything else you can think of!
  • Orthopaedics and fractures – McRae
  • ECG made easy
  • Others for reference, BNF, EMJs
  • Self-assessment, ECG and picture books - more the merrier

Critical Appraisal:

It is easy to learn to a competent level, but practice is essential.  See the Courses section of this website for more formal teaching (including web-based training) on critical appraisal.  There is some additional advice on the main College site (

  • Crombie – Pocket guide to Critical Appraisal (London: BMJ Publishing Group)
  • McGovern – Evidence Based Medicine in General Practice (Oxford: (BSP)
  • Greenhalgh - How to read a paper (London: BMJ Publishing Group)
  • Sackett, D. - Evidence based Medicine: how to practice and teach EBM (London: Churchill Livingstone)


Make sure that your trainers give you as much practical experience as possible during your training.  There are several courses run by the BMA and others (see the Courses section).  Download as much relevant and up-to-date material as possible from NICE, the College, DoH, etc and browse the medicolegal websites such as MDU. 

Make sure you have a structured response to all of the common scenarios and practise at every opportunity.  Recent, topical issues are likely to be raised so keep abreast of these.

See this article in BMJ careers regarding management portfolios for EM trainees

Some useful textbooks are:

  • Legal problems in Emergency Medicine - Montague (OUP)
  • Medicolegal Pocketbook - Machin (Churchill)
  • The medical manager - a practical guide for clinicians - Young, A (BMJ)