GET AHEAD SERIES FOR ALL SUBJECTS PDF
Welcome to Get ahead! SURGERY. This book contains 250 Single Best Answer (SBA) questions covering various topics within clinical surgery. These are arranged as five practice papers, each containing 50 questions. Allow yourself 60 to 90 minutes for each paper. You can either work through the practice papers systematically or dip in and out of the book using the index as a guide to where questions on a specific topic can be found. We have tried to include all the main conditions about which you can be expected to know, as well as some more detailed knowledge suitable for candidates aiming towards distinction. As in the real exam, these papers have no preset pass mark. Whether you pass or fail depends on the distribution of scores across the whole year group, but around 60% should be sufficient.
We hope this book fulfils its aim in being a useful, informative We would also like to acknowledge the help of Stephen Clausard, Development Editor at CRC Press, for his patience and proactivity in commissioning and supporting this edition and others in the Get Ahead! series.
Single Best Answer questions (SBAs) are becoming more popular as a method of assessment in summative medical school examinations. Each clinical vignette is followed by a list of five possible answers, of which only one is correct. SBAs have the advantage of testing candidates’ knowledge of clinical scenarios rather than their ability at detailed factual recall. However, they do not always parallel real-life situations and are no comparison to clinical decision-making. Either way, the SBA is here to stay.
The Get ahead! series is aimed primarily at undergraduate finalists. Much like the real exam, we have endeavoured to include commonly asked questions as well as a generous proportion of harder stems, appro for the more ambitious student aiming for honours. The Medical Schools Council Assessment Alliance (MSCAA) is a partnership aiming to improve assessment practice between all undergraduate medical schools in the UK. The questions in the Get ahead! series are written to follow the style of the MSCAA SBAs, and hence are of a similar format to what many of you can expect in your exams. All the questions in the Get ahead! series are accompanied by explanatory answers, including a succinct summary of the key features of each condition. Even when you get
an answer right, I strongly suggest you read these – I guarantee that you’ll learn something. For added interest we have included details of epony conditions (‘eponymous’ from Greek epi = upon + onyma = name; giving name’) and, as you have just seen, some derivations of words from the original Latin or Greek.
HOW TO PASS YOUR EXAMS
The clinical scenarios given in SBAs are intended to be based on ‘house officer knowledge’. Sadly this is not always the case and you shouldn’t be surprised when you get a question concerning the underlying histology of testicular tumours (as I was). So start revising early and don’t restrict yourself to the given syllabus if you can avoid it. If your exam is only two weeks away then CRAM, CRAM, CRAM you’ll be surprised at how much you can learn in a fortnight.