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Practice Single Best Answer Questions for the Final FRCA: A revision guide

European Journal of Anaesthesiology: September 2013 - Volume 30 - Issue 9 - p 580
doi: 10.1097/EJA.0b013e3283633011
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Ebrahim, K. Hasan, M. Tindall, M. Clarke, N. Bindal.

Cambridge University Press 2013

ISBN: 978-1-107-67992-4

Recommended Retail Price £37.00

The FRCA is the professional examination for anaesthesia in the UK consisting of two components, the Primary and Final FRCA examinations. In 2010 the format of the Final FRCA examination was changed with 30 single best answer (SBA) questions replacing 30 multiple choice questions in part one of the examination. This revision book is therefore a timely publication specifically targeting these changes and the authors should be congratulated for addressing the paucity of exam practice questions in the public domain to date.

The book is introduced with an explanation of the SBA format and suggestions on how to approach this type of question. This additional exam technique advice is worth considering before moving on to the subsequent ten practice examination papers each consisting of 30 SBA questions. Topics are allocated an appropriate number of questions to adequately cover the syllabus and are representative of the examination. Each examination is followed by an answer paper that includes detailed written explanations with references and appropriate suggestions for further reading. Occasional diagrams or tables are used to illustrate answers and prove useful additions. The questions are set at or above the level expected for the Final FRCA examination and as such, those achieving satisfactory scores for these practice papers should be in a good position for eventual success at the examination.

Included in this book is an index of topics that allows candidates to seek questions relating to particular subjects they wish to study further. The authors quite wisely frequently select references from the Continuing Education in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain supplement to the British Journal of Anaesthesia, a resource believed to be frequented by examiners responsible for generating exam questions.

With a relative scarcity of SBA questions available to candidates since the recent changes to the format of the Final FRCA examination, those considering sitting this examination would be advised to consider this well-referenced and up-to-date revision guide.

Jon C Hopper

Advanced Trainee in Intensive Care Medicine

University Hospital of South Manchester

Wythenshawe

Manchester M23 9LT

UK

E-mail: jhopper@doctors.org.uk

Malachy Columb

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

University Hospital of South Manchester

Wythenshawe

Manchester M23 9LT

UK

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