Examination Surgery - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780729541480, 9780729581486

Examination Surgery

1st Edition

a guide to passing the fellowship examination in general surgery

Print ISBN: 9780729541480
eBook ISBN: 9780729581486
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 22nd October 2013
Page Count: 432


An indispensable study guide to help surgical trainees prepare and perform for their fellowship exam.

Examination Surgery offers invaluable insight into the format and content of the Fellowship Examination in General Surgery.

This study guide addresses the most frequently encountered topics from the last 10 years of examinations. It helps surgical trainees organise their studies and optimise their performance in what is reputedly one of the most rigorous postgraduate exams.

The general surgery fellowship tests clinical wisdom, judgement, insight and safe practice, and Examination Surgery’s preparation material accurately reflects what you will encounter in the exam.

Arranged to mirror the exam’s individual components, Examination Surgery is divided into the following sections:

  • The written papers
  • Clinical viva voces
  • Surgical anatomy viva voce
  • Operative surgery viva voce
  • Pathophysiology and critical care and clinical reasoning viva voce

This Elsevier study guide is aimed at candidates preparing for the Fellowship Examination in General Surgery of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. It is, however, also relevant for candidates in the UK, Ireland, Canada, South Africa and Hong Kong, plus all general surgeons, surgical residents and medical students.

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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