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FCPS part 1 preparation and suggestions:Dermatology and Venereology and Best Book for Part 1 preparation  

I will share my experiences only and what I did. I don’t have the syllabus now and can’t remember everything about which topic was in which paper and also can’t remember all the topics.

What are the best book for taking FCPS part 1 preparation in Dermatology and Venereology?

Best Book for FCPS part 1 preparation in Dermatology and Venereology are below:

Books for Paper 1:

  1. Junqueira’s Basic Histology: Text and Atlas (Questions may not come directly from here, but it helped me to answer many questions, because it will clear the concept)
  2. Moschella and Hurley’s Dermatology. 
  3. 1st two chapter of Andrews ( you may find questions directly from here, so read every words of these 2 chaps) 
  4. BD Chaurasia Anatomy ( I read it, but it doesn’t cover GU anatomy, you have to read Dutta and not superficially) 
  5. Vision physiology.
  6. Snell’s Clinical Neuroanatomy.

Blood supply and lymphatics of skin is relatively less important. genitourinary anatomy and Neuro-anatomy is most important for FCPS part 1 preparation.

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Books for Paper 2:

  1. Andrews’ Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology.
  2. Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology ( May be only for photo biology) 
  3. Matrix for biostatistics ( You must have clear understanding of it, not memorizing only) 
  4.  Vision Physiology (For acid base and electrolytes). 
  5. Davidson’s principle & practice of medicine (acid-base, endocrine, skin diseases). 
  6. Pharmacology ( mostly BSMMU lectures and some Wolverton). 

Books for Paper 3:

  1. Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease (I read almost every chapter including immunology. Questions come directly from here)
  2. Lange Review of Medical Microbiology & Immunology ( For Immunology, general virology, general bacteriology).
  3. Andrews’ Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology( For diseases).

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Books For SBA:

  • I didn’t follow any book because I didn’t find one. Don’t know if there is any book!
  • Well, but, there were many scenario based questions. So, when you read any topic specially diseases try to keep in mind about the important Clinical feature, any pathognomic point, important investigations finding, important biopsy findings.It will help you to diagnose the disease. And try to give attention how you will differentiate between similar diseases ( like PV, BP). 
  • Read the introductions of every chapter of Andrews in syllabus. I mean not only the diseases, like, you have hair and nail anatomy in your syllabus, but not the diseases. Now read the introduction part of the hair and nail diseases chapter of Andrews, similarly read the introduction part of collagen diseases etc. SBA comes from these introductions! 
  • You have to read everything about diseases which are in syllabus, and superficail about other diseases of that chapter ( like for viral diseases may be only 4 are there in syllabus, but you will have to know important things about other important viruses and similar thing for other chapters) 
  • Don’t expect you will able to answer all the questions. It will never occur. But, here is my chorami Buddhi which I applied, I went for exclusion criteria for many SBAs because I wasn’t able to find the correct one. And it helped. 
  • Sometimes I used internet or my previous books, notes etc. which I read during MBBS for better conception. 
  • I bought Genesis sheets and after reading all the above just had a look over those if there is any additional information. I also bought questions of Genesis exam and sometimes went through those. 
  • Everyone has their unique style of reading and I think this is the best way.
  • Thanks for reading this article.

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Author :
Dr Swarna Tribedi
Assistant Register
Mugda Medical College and Hospital,

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