How to Pass Medical Exams


The survival guide for medical students & doctors.

This is an eBook available as a digital download only.



Medical exams are notoriously difficult! The depth and level of knowledge you will be expected to master will get harder at each subsequent step along the path to your final goal. You will be tested on more than just factual recall. To become a doctor requires intelligence and knowledge but also integrity, resolve, technical proficiency, calmness under pressure and many other intangible qualities.

Medical schools and colleges attempt to test all of these in the exams they set, in order to ensure that the doctors that they produce will be able to deal with the constant challenges and stresses that medicine presents. Although you are likely to be an experienced exam candidate already, there are almost certainly still many ways that you can increase your chances of success. Hopefully, this book will help you identify some new methodologies and tricks that will maximize your chances of passing your chosen exam.

Among the things you will learn in this book are:

  • The importance of meticulous planning and preparation
  • How to successfully make the most of online learning tools
  • How to maximise your memory using mnemonics, mind maps and method of loci
  • The importance of understanding medical language, acronyms and abbreviations
  • A detailed breakdown of how to approach different question types and styles
  • How to approach ‘OSCEs’ and the dreaded viva voce
  • How to make pre-exam nerves and anxiety your friend
  • Tips to improve your confidence and the power of positive thinking
  • The often overlooked importance of sleep, diet and exercise
  • How mindfulness and meditation can improve your ability to learn
  • How to approach a re-sit if you have failed
  • What to do on the big day of the exam



If this book had been around when I was younger I’d have bought it, I’d have read it from cover to cover and I’d have followed every bit of advice contained within, religiously.

Mr Ian McDermott (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon)


An excellent book. A breath of fresh air in the industry of medical examination preparation! Dr Marc Barton shared his extensive knowledge and experience in this well written, easy-to-read, must-have book for medical students and doctors searching for a holistic approach in passing medical examinations. The section entitles “The little things that make a difference” highlights the intangible aspects (such as improving confidence, dealing with stress and anxiety, etc) of medical examination that is often overlooked in some textbooks.

Dr Yi Yang Ng (General Practitioner and Medical Educator)


Clarity, concision and confidence inducing. Essential

Mr John Elkon (Teacher and Educationalist)

About the Author

Dr. Marc Barton qualified from Imperial College School of Medicine in 2001. Since that time he has worked in a variety of different medical specialities. He worked as a GP partner from 2006 until 2008 and more recently as a higher specialist trainee in Emergency Medicine. He has gained a formidable reputation as an exam candidate and in addition to passing a Bachelor of Science degree and Medical Finals as an undergraduate, he has also passed three postgraduate membership exams and two postgraduate diploma exams. He has an active interest in medical education and a wealth of experience teaching both medical students and doctors. In his private life, he is a devoted husband and father of three children. He is also a lifelong martial artist and regularly teaches Jiu-Jitsu in his spare time.


*Please note that the paperback version of the book ships to the UK only. For international orders please order from Amazon*

*Please allow 10-14 days for UK delivery.*

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