Dr Clare Fernandes, the author, is a general practice registrar who has completed the Diploma of Occupational Medicine (DOccMed); the book is edited by Dr Karen Nightingale, a consultant occupational health physician in Warrington. The target audience is candidates for the written part of the DOccMed examination. The introductory chapters of the book offer exam candidates some practical advice regarding the format of the examination, including the style and number of exam questions to be expected. Four chapters follow, each of which starts with a series of multiple choice questions (MCQs), followed by answers and explanations. The chapters, which aim to cover the majority of the DOccMed curriculum, are grouped into four main themes: ‘Ethics and Law’ covers key topics, which include: the Equality Act, the Health and Safety at Work Act, consent and confidentiality. ‘The Effects of Work on Health’ focuses on occupational diseases, and the assessment of fitness for work, e.g. epilepsy and driving regulations. ‘Principles of Occupational Health and Clinical Occupational Health’ includes statistics, epidemiology, toxicology, health surveillance and sickness absence management. The final theme, ‘Miscellaneous’ covers other subjects such as physical hazards, and important reports underpinning current practice in occupational health, e.g. the Black Report. The question and answer chapters are followed by a final section, which is a new addition to this revised edition, the mock exam. This attempts to replicate the exam format, using single best answer questions, as opposed to the MCQs used throughout the rest of the book. Answers and extensive explanations follow at the end of this section, including some links to references used by the author as corroborative evidence for readers. As a recent DOccMed candidate, I consider this book to be a useful reference for those preparing for the written part of the diploma examination. The newly added mock examination is a valuable addition, building on clinical knowledge and developing examination technique. The content appears up to date and accurate, and coverage of the curriculum is good. One drawback of the text is the lack of an index, which makes specific information somewhat difficult to pinpoint, so this would be most suited to those in the latter stages of exam preparation. As with other exam-focused texts, use beyond the exam will be somewhat limited; but without any significant competitor currently available for DOccMed candidates it would be an excellent investment for anyone preparing for the exam. Rating ★★★★ (Essential) © The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society of Occupational Medicine. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org This article is published and distributed under the terms of the Oxford University Press, Standard Journals Publication Model (https://academic.oup.com/journals/pages/about_us/legal/notices)
Occupational Medicine – Oxford University Press
Published: May 17, 2018
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