PRES exam recommended books


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The Medical Council does not require candidates to purchase or use any specific textbooks for the
PRES examinations. Candidates may find it useful to review the major textbooks in the main clinical
disciplines of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Surgery, Medicine and General
Practice. Journals can also be used as a way to keeping up-to-date. The examinations are designed
to be a test of a candidate’s clinical skills, knowledge and attitude. The Medical Council does not
authorise or endorse any books/papers specifically about passing the PRES.

General Practice
Stephenson A: A textbook of General Practice (Hodder Arnold Publication 2011)

Puri, Laking, and Treasadon: Textbook of Psychiatry (Churchill Livingstone 2011)
Cowen, Harrison, and Burns: Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry (Oxford University Press 2012)
Katona and Robertson: Psychiatry at a Glance (Wiley Blackwell 2012)

Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Collins, Arulkumaran, Hayes, Jackson and Impey Oxford Handbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
(Oxford University Press 2013)

Lissauer and Clayden: Illustrated Textbook of Paediatrics (Mosby 2011)
Marcdante, Kliegman, Behrman, and Jenson: Nelson Essentials of Paediatrics (Saunders 2010)
Rudolf, Lee and Levene: Paediatrics and Child Health (Wiley Blackwell 2011)
Bernstein and Shelov: Paediatrics for Medical Students (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins 2011)
Gill and O’Brien: Paediatric Clinical Examination Made Easy (Churchill Livingstone 2006)
Stephenson, Wallace, and Thomson: Clinical Paediatrics for Postgraduate Examinations (Churchill
Livingstone 2003)

General Internal Medicine
Kumar and Clarke: Clinical Medicine (Saunders 2011)
Longmore, Wilkinson, Baldwin, and Wallin: Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine (Oxford University
Press 2014)
Boon, Colledge, Walker and Hunter: Davidson’s Principles and Practice of Medicine (Churchill
Livingstone 2006)

Townsend, Beauchamp, Evers, and Mattox: Textbook of Surgery: The Biological Basis of Modern
Surgical Practice (Saunders 2012)

Source: Handbook of PRES


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Could you please mention some mcq practice books or online pool suitable for PRES exam.How do you feel about using only oxford handbooks instead of textbooks for preparation.


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These are the recommendations by Ireland medical council and is written in pres handbook.
Well you can use Oxford handbooks too for preparation if your concepts are good.
I don't know about the online mcq pool for pres. I will try to find and post it.


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Thanks that would be great.Yes I agree handbooks would support preparation better if concepts are already clear. Another thing could be the preparation time.Like on average if we keep 5-6 months for preparation,with handbooks it would be more easy to pratice mcqs more and more.For textbooks this time could be short. Although PRES seems to be a test of practice not recall. But revision always helps to develop exam skills and handbooks are easy to revise.Ofcourse one can get back to textbooks as needed. Please correct me if wrong.


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yes u r right
Go for handbooks and if you dont get any concept you can refer to text books. Practice MCQs at end of every month. 5-6 months good and regular prep would be fine. PRES is a clinically oriented exam, so you must grab every thing related to clinical.


since both exams are clinical-oriented so yes if one prepares for PLAB can also attempt PRES simultaneously
but ofcourse the exam pattern is different for both the exams