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SBAs and EMQs for the MRCS Part A: A Bailey & Love Revision Guide

2011 Edition, December 30, 2011

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  • Revision: 2011 Edition, December 30, 2011
  • Published Date: December 30, 2011
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: CRC Press (CRC)
  • Page Count: 249
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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This book has been written as an accompaniment to Bailey and Love's Short Practice of Surgery with the MRCS examination in mind. It is dedicated to the Intercollegiate MRCS Part A Examination, which is the first part of the Intercollegiate MRCS Examination. This new examination was introduced in the Autumn of 2008 and replaced the MRCS Parts 1 and 2 examinations, in line with the new pattern of surgical training in the UK. The examination syllabus, format and content are common to The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, The Royal College of Surgeons of England and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. This examination is designed and set by the Royal Colleges of Surgeons to test the knowledge, skills and attributes acquired during core surgical training.

The Intercollegiate MRCS Part A examination comprises of two MCQ papers taken on the same day. Each paper is 2 hours in duration. The first paper covers ‘Applied Basic Sciences' (single best answer (SBA) format) and the second paper covers ‘Principles of Surgery-in-General' (extended matching questions (EMQ) format). A minimum mark must be obtained in both papers, in addition to attaining the total pass mark to obtain an overall pass in the Intercollegiate Part A Examination. Successful completion of the Intercollegiate Part A Examination qualifies the trainee surgeon to enter the Intercollegiate Part B Objective Structured Clinical Examination.

This book is based on our highly successful Insider Medical MRCS Courses, and the feedback obtained from candidates who sat the examination. We have, therefore, written this book with the aim of targeting high-yield topics that are likely to be faced and offer methods to tackle the challenges that may be posed in the examination. We have drawn from our breadth of experience of teaching at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and have identified common pitfalls.

A thorough understanding of applied basic science and the ability to problem-solve underpins surgical science and sets the foundation for future surgical practice. Whilst it is not feasible to cover the complete syllabus within the remit of this book, we have selected the most important and high-yield topics to facilitate examination study and revision. The style of questions mimics those found in the real examination and these will therefore serve well as mock papers. We are confident that this book will assist any trainee surgeon in their revision for the MRCS Part A Examination and, in doing so, refine their analytical approach to all areas of their surgical practice.