By: 2 June 2016
Book review: Postgraduate Orthopaedics – Viva guide for the FRCS(Tr & Orth) examination

Book review: Postgraduate Orthopaedics – Viva guide for the FRCS(Tr & Orth) examination

Edited by: Paul Banaszkiewicz and Deiary Kader

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Price: £54.99

ISBN: 978-1-10-762736-9

Format: Paperback, 298 pages


This viva book has been written to specifically guide candidates better through postgraduate orthopaedics structured oral examinations.

Candidates with good core knowledge may still end up failing one or more oral sections if their technique is poor.

The book presents a selection of questions arising from common clinical scenarios along with detailed model answers. The emphasis is on current concepts, evidence-based medicine and major exam topics.

Each chapter is written by a recent (successful) examination candidate and the style of each reflects the author’s experience and their opinions on the best tactics for first-time success.

The material is presented in a question-and-answer format, as a dialogue between examiner and candidate. Numerous references are given to support the suggested answers.

One brilliant feature which sets this book apart from others is that the candidate’s answer is not always right. This is usually followed by a short explanation and a suggestion to the reader to think about how they would answer the question. Much better than competing books, as it forces you to really think about what you are reading.

This textbook compliments Postgraduate Orthopaedics: The candidates guide to the FRCS (Tr&Orth) exam 2nd edition. If you are facing the FRCS (Tr & Orth) you need both these books.


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