Vivas and Communication Skills in Surgery
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The viva component of the MRCS examination is traditionally the most feared and elusive part of the whole exam. Contained within the syllabus of core and system modules there are favourite examination topics which are more commonly asked than others. This new book covers all these popular subjects and illustrates them with sample viva-style questions. The answers give the candidate guidance on how to respond to these effectively and on what is required to pass the exam.
This new book has been written to aid any candidate in preparing to sit a surgical viva, and will be of value to MRCS candidates as well as students for undergraduate surgical finals and surgical registrars prior to the exit examination.
- Covers the six major subject areas of the MRCS viva exam: applied surgical anatomy, operative surgery, clinical pathology, principles of surgery, applied physiology, and critical care.
- Includes coverage of the new communication skills section, designed to test the candidate's ability to communicate with patients and supply information to colleagues.
- Provides over 160 viva topics with subsidiary questions in the style of the exam.
- Targets the hardest part of the exam which has the lowest pass rate.
"...the books main focus is the MRCS viva component. This is often the most feared and elusive part of the whole exam and the most difficult to prepare for and so there is a definite need for more books in this area. Furthermore, this book differs from others in that it includes coverage of the new communication skills section, designed to test the candidate's ability to communicate with patients and supply information to colleagues.
Overall this is a very useful book to any candidate preparing for surgical finals or the MRCS exam...excellent value for money." Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Surgery, July 2004
book is intended for the MRCS examinations but it is not out of the intellectual reach of undergraduates. The question and answer style of the book is very similar to consultant questioning i.e. one question leads to another; making it useful for the surgical firm grilling. This is a good book for undergraduates and a must for those who aspire to be surgeon despite being intended for MRCS exams." Student, MAD Magazine - Barts and The London Students' Association, June 2004
By Kathryn McCarthy, MRCS(Eng), MRCS(Ed), Research Fellow, Barts and The London NHS Trust, London, UK; Matthew Hacking, FRCA, Consultant Anaesthetist, Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK; Ragheed Al Mufti, MB, BCh, BAO, MSc, MD, FRCS(Eng), FRCSEd(Gen) , Consultant Surgeon, Barts and The London NHS Trust, London, UK; and Jonathan Hewitt, MSc, MRCP, Research Fellow, NHS Research and Development, Eastern Region, UK