- Kumar and Clark
- Medical dictionary
- YouTube (especially to find out more about operations)
- NHS Direct/Choices
- Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine
- I didn't look anything up.
I was intrigued by one student who was very keen to distinguish 'learning' which was what he did for exams... spotting questions on past papers and reviewing lecture notes... from 'experience', when he would access YouTube or Wikipedia to find out more about something that really interested him. His reluctance to call this learning reminded me of a third year student I spoke to earlier in the year. We were talking about how she would continue learning for the rest of her life. "That's so depressing", she said. In her mind learning was bound up with exams and assessment.
Should we worry about students turning to Wikipedia so often? Which other resources are just as user-friendly and comprehensive?
I think that NHS Choices is a good place to start.
EDIT: Just to make clear, the first year students I am referring to here are in an undergraduate 5 year course. The first few years of the course are pre-clinical but these early clinical attachements are to give them some initial insights into the world of clinical medicine. Some medical schools in the UK have no distinction between the pre-clinical and clinical parts of the course.