The Diploma in Child Health: Volume 2: A Practical Study Guide

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s (RCPCH) Diploma in Child Health is intended to recognise a doctor’s special knowledge and experience in the medical care of children, and to contribute to their continued professional development. This practical study guide, written by a member of the RCPCH and a senior examiner for the diploma, is essential reading for anyone taking the examination and provide advice and step-by-step guidance to steer postgraduate trainees towards success. Volume 2 covers three of the seven sections or ‘stations’ that trainees need to complete in preparation for the examination; Safe prescribing; Data interpretation; Structured oral. The remaining four stations can be found in The Diploma of Child Health Volume 1, which includes; Communication; Clinical assessment; Focused history and management; Child development. Within each of these sections is a series of scenarios based around a particular condition or situation, which the trainee must ‘role play’ with a co-worker, student or someone else. However, they can be worked through alone. Each scenario provides the trainee with some information and outlines what they need to do, then supplies some further information to the role player who acts as either a patient or examiner. This may be answers to questions posed to the trainee, information about a patient that the trainee must discover, or simply points that an examiner will be looking for in the exam. Additional information about the condition in question is then supplied. Volume 2 focuses on stations that are only relevant to the DCH exam. The stations covered in Volume 1 also feature in the entrance exams to become a Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (MRCPCH), and so this Volume will also be valuable to candidates studying for this exam.

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