Book Review - Adventures in CSA land

When preparing for the CSA examinations, this book would prove a helpful tool, writes Dr Meena Nathan.

Dr Rhona Wright, a CSA examiner and GP training programme director, has been creative in her writing by comparing the journey of the CSA to Alice and her adventures in Wonderland. This comparison kept me reading, made me feel in control approaching the CSA and gave me a sense of calm.

Reflection and adaptation
The book begins with advice on how to prepare for the CSA exam, helping you to reflect and adapt your focus of study.

What I found useful were the tips on devising your own cases, maybe from patients you have seen in surgery, and using them in your learning.

It also shows how to incorporate your ePortfolio positively into your revision, which we all know is difficult to balance in a GP trainee's life.

The book gives a real insight from a group of GP registrars who have worked with the author and actually wrote the 13 practice cases.

You felt part of the group and reassured upon hearing their reflection and thoughts after each case as well as their experiences of the CSA overall.

The book is clear to read so trainees can grasp and appreciate the information presented and feel confident in approaching the CSA.

It is no last-minute read, but essential when starting to think about revising for the CSA. It not only prepares you for the examination process but also your continuing development of becoming a GP.

Book giveaway
GP and Radcliffe are giving away five copies of Essential nMRCGP: CSA preparation and practice cases by Dr Rhona Knight, worth £22.99 each. Click here for a chance to win a copy
  •  Dr Nathan is a GP registrar in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

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