New edition of Medical Masterclass for the MRCP (UK)

A rainbow of new books have arrived in the COMET Library! The new 3rd edition of Medical Masterclass textbooks are here: they are a fantastic learning resource designed by leading clinicians and academics which can help you to prepare for the MRCP(UK) exam.

These 12 printed textbooks cover:

  • scientific background to medicine
  • common clinical presentations
  • planning a strategy for investigation and treatment
  • medical specialties that are covered in the MRCP (UK) exams.

Find these books and many more on the library Discovery Service available at


Knowvember 2018 with the Library – Sign up for our new personalised evidence updates from KnowledgeShare


This November we will be highlighting and showcasing the many ways we mobilise evidence and organisational knowledge. You can take part by signing up to KnowledgeShare!

knowvemberWhat is KnowledgeShare?

 It is our new current awareness service that provides personal evidence updates. It can help you to improve patient care, highlight service improvements and improve your clinical teaching and research. We are signing up as many staff to KnowledgeShare in Knowvember, and we hope you will be the first.

What does this mean?

Regular emails (at the schedule you choose, so as little or as much as you want) highlighting the latest high-impact research, recently released NICE and national guidelines, and new journal articles in your field.

Is it for me? I am non clinical.

Of course! if you have responsibility for training, management or facilities you should still use ‘best-evidence’ to develop your service, and KnowledgeShare will provide this.

What else does it do?

It also records the library training that you have attended, and literature searches requested. you can use this for CPD or revalidation purposes to evidence your development.

Sounds great. I want it!

 Sign up at with your Athens password. Complete the requested forms and most importantly, tell us what your interests are. This will form the basis for your tailored evidence update.

If you don’t have an Athens account, you will need one to access this and all our electronic resources. Sign up at or contact the library at for further information.

Autumn/Winter Training Program: Lunch and Learn

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A new addition to the Autumn/Winter training program is our ‘Lunch and Learn’ sessions. These informal workshops are a great chance to become familiar with evidence-based resources in a relaxed environment.

We look at non-Google resources such as NHS Evidence and how they can be used to support you in evidence-based practice. We will also look at spotting bias in electronic resources and websites.

A free lunch will be provided!

These sessions will be taking place:

  • 22nd November – 12pm – 1pm
  • 18th December – 12pm – 1pm
  • 18th January – 12pm – 1pm

For further information please look at 

To book, email (please note you will be enrolled on our KnowledgeShare system, to track training and produce certificates for your CPD)

New Edition of Harrisons Principles of Internal Medicine (20th)

The 20th Edition of Harrisons Principles of Internal Medicine has arrived in the library. In an increasingly complex world of medicine, Harrison’s 20th edition is more relevant than ever, with a refreshed, user-friendly design and cutting-edge content that reflects the foundational, bioscientific, and clinical insights across the full spectrum of medicine.

New sections include sex and gender-based issues in medicine; obesity, diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome; consultative medicine and more.

Find these books and many more on the library Discovery Service available at

Autumn/Winter Training Program


Upcoming Library Training Sessions


31st Oct 10-12PM and 4th Dec  2-4PM – Advanced Literature Searching with HDAS 

Our most popular sessions, these can range from Basic Literature Searching using evidence-based resources such as NHS Evidence, to more in-depth training where we discuss searching through databases such as MEDLINE and CINAHL, and using thesaurus terms to produce a high-quality search strategy suitable for research or study. We rarely cover all topics in individual sessions but advertise a range of differing needs-based training based on different user groups.

6th Nov 3pm-6PM and 23rd Jan 2-5PM – Introduction to Critical Appraisal of RCTs

Learning to critically appraise a published research is an important skill for all medical professional.  We offer regular critical appraisal training sessions, and always critically appraise a new Randomised Control Trial (RCT) paper in every session.

20th Dec Room 2 9-12PM – Advanced Critical Appraisal

If you ever need to critically appraise qualitative research or a systematic review, this is the session for you. An advanced session for staff who have previous experience of critical appraisal, we will look at two new pieces of evidence, both research and a review.

For further information please look at  To book email (please note you will be enrolled on our knowledgeshare system, to track training and produce certificates for your CPD)

Noise in the library

The COMET Building is undergoing an full refurbishment for 4 weeks. However the library reading room is very noisy during the day, which is unavoidable.

If you find the noise unbearable, please ask the library staff to provide a pair of closed ear headphones, which are very effective at blocking out the noise.

We thank you for your understanding. Library Team

New in the Library – CSA Scenarios for the MRCGP 4th Edition

The first three editions have helped thousands of candidates through the CSA exam in the last nine years. The original approach has therefore been retained so the book continues to offer readers a concise ‘need-to-know’ guide to passing the CSA, with the emphasis on successfully completing a case in the allotted ten minutes using a structured consultation framework that works.

This latest edition has been comprehensively updated to include new information on the latest clinical evidence, national guidelines, and from the recent medical literature. All existing cases have been revised and new cases have been added to cover pre-diabetes and premature ejaculation. Psoriasis, sore throat, thyroid disease and the PSA test are covered in even more detail.