Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


Tips from past students

  1. Ensure that you are observed by a tutor frequently.
  2. Practice the skills (at the Clinical Skills Centre [CSC], home, hospital). Some equipment is available for short loan.
  3. Practice asking permission to examine as part of the experience (even when you practice on peers and/or family).
  4. Be aware that doctors develop their own style and preferences for ways of performing skills.
  5. Ask for feedback. If it is not specific, ask for clarification.
  6. Develop a systematic approach to examination.

Recommended texts

Choose one of the following:

  1. Talley NJ, O’Connor S (eds).  Clinical Examination: A Systematic Guide To Physical Diagnosis. 7th ed. Sydney: Churchill Livingstone Australia; 2013. ISBN: 9780729541473.
    > Historically, this is the text that the University of Auckland has recommended (Australasian authors).
  2. Douglas G, Nicol F, Robertson C. (eds). Macleod’s Clinical Examination. 13th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier; 2013. ISBN-10: 0702047287.
    > This text is popular in the United Kingdom.
  3. Glynn M, Drake W (eds). Hutchison’s Clinical Methods: An integrated approach to Clinical Practice. 23rd ed. Edinburgh: Saunders Elsevier; 2012. ISBN-10: 0702040916.
    > Previous editions less popular than either of the above.

Web-based resources

Some useful training videos can be found at:

You will also find some training videos on YouTube. Do remember to be selective and critical.

If you come across a useful resource, please share it with one of the CSC team.