Examination Surgery

1st Edition

a guide to passing the fellowship examination in general surgery


  • Christopher Young
  • Marc Gladman
  • Key Features

    • How to approach each exam
    • Most frequently encountered topics
    • Common questions and scenarios with ‘model answers’
    • Fellowship examination format and recommended technique
    • Proven study strategies

    Table of Contents

    Section 1 Examination information and preparation

    Chapter 1.1 Basic examination requirements and organisation

    The Fellowship in Australasia

    The Intercollegiate Specialty Examination in General Surgery in the UK and Ireland

    Chapter 1.2 Preparation for the fellowship examination

    Plan, prepare and practise

    Awareness of the aims, format and marking scheme of the Examination

    Syllabus of the Fellowship exam (FRACS only)

    Structure, structure, structure

    Summary/key points

    Chapter 1.3 Important topics for the fellowship examination

    Written paper 1

    Written paper 2

    Clinical viva 1

    Clinical viva 2

    Chapter 1.4 Suggested reading list

    What to read? So many books, so little time!

    Written examinations 1 and 2

    Clinical vivas

    Anatomy viva

    Operative viva

    Pathophysiology and critical care and clinical reasoning viva

    General reading

    Section 2 The written papers

    Chapter 2.1 The written examination paper 1 — spot test questions

    The examination format

    Exam technique

    Preparation and practising

    Chapter 2.2 Common written examination spot test questions: model answers

    2.2.1 Scrotal swelling

    2.2.2 Breast cancer.

    2.2.3 Bilateral gynaecomastia

    2.2.4 Paget’s disease of the nipple

    2.2.5 Rectal cancer

    2.2.6 Clostridium difficile colitis

    2.2.7 Colitis

    2.2.8 Large bowel obstruction

    2.2.9 Rectal prolapse

    2.2.10 Appendiceal mucocoele

    2.2.11 Fistula in ano

    2.2.12 Fissure-in-ano

    2.2.13 Anal squamous cell carcinoma

    2.2.14 Small bowel obstruction

    2.2.15 Meckel’s diverticulum

    2.2.16 Gastrointestinal stromal tumour

    2.2.17 Parathyroid adenoma


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    About the authors

    Marc Gladman

    Professor Marc Gladman MBBS DRCOG DFFP PhD MRCOG MRCS(Eng) FRCS(Gen Surg) is a Professor of Surgery at Blacktown / Mount Druitt Hospitals in Sydney, Australia and holds the position of Chair of Surgery at the School of Medicine of the University of Western Sydney. He qualified from King’s College School of Medicine, University of London and completed training in obstetrics and gynaecology and general surgery in the UK. He won the prestigious Frances and Augustus Newman Foundation Research Fellowship and the HJ Windsor Prize of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and The Worshipful Company of Cutlers’ Fellowship in Surgery. After being awarded a PhD for a period of original research by the University of London, he began higher training in general surgery as a specialist registrar, but later moved to integrated academic training as a NIHR clinical lecturer. He then went on to complete senior training fellowships in London and Sydney before securing his Chair in Surgery in Sydney. He is committed to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and career development. During the last 10 years, he has been extensively involved in surgical examinations at multiple centres in the UK and Australia and has designed, directed and delivered a portfolio of educational courses.