Medical maps: Obstetrics overview

Obstetrics: the clinical speciality concerned with pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. There are six key parts to the obstetrics syllabus in medical school: Uncomplicated pregnancy and labour Maternal issues in pregnancy Baby issues in pregnancy Labour complications and postpartum complications Pregnancy loss Prescribing in pregnancy and breastfeeding If you understand these key areas, you’ll […]

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Ovarian teratoma.

Medical maps: Ovarian neoplasms

First, the bigger picture: ovarian neoplasms fit into the broader sphere of adnexal masses which can be palpated on pelvic examination. Adnexal masses The adnexa refers to the appendages of the uterus – the fallopian tubes, ovaries and ligaments. Ovarian neoplasms are one type of adnexal mass. Physiological adnexal masses Physiological adnexal masses arise from the ovaries. […]

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Medical maps: Fertility

So in this map we’re going to talk about (i) a couple of reproductive age who cannot conceive and (ii) climacteric symptoms and management. I will also cover (iii) contraceptive choices, but not as part of the medical map. Inability to conceive A couple is considered unable to conceive (‘subfertile’ or ‘infertile’) if conception does […]

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The Six Planes of Medicine

Medicine is so vast, and it can be difficult to determine how best to study it. I didn’t just think about this at the start of medical school – I constantly questioned whether my approach was optimal. ‘Traditional’ approaches to study medicine There are two ‘traditional’ approaches: Presentation-based approach – you organise your thoughts based […]

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