SAQs for the Final FRCA.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Gibson, P.
Pub Date: 01/01/2010
Publication: Name: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Publisher: Australian Society of Anaesthetists Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Australian Society of Anaesthetists ISSN: 0310-057X
Issue: Date: Jan, 2010 Source Volume: 38 Source Issue: 1
Topic: NamedWork: SAQs for the Final FRCA (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Nickels, J.; Walton, B.
Accession Number: 221657274
Full Text: SAQs for the Final FRCA. J. Nickels, A. Georgiou, B. Walton, Cambridge University Press, 477 Williamstown Rd, Port Melbourne, Vic. 3207; $35.00; 155x235 mm; pp. 210; ISBN 978-0-521-73903-0.

This book is aimed at helping candidates prepare for the final Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (FRCA) Short Answer Question (SAQ) paper. It consists of an introduction and a section explaining the nature of the FRCA SAQ exam, how the exam is marked and advice on exam preparation and tactics. The major part of the book consists of nine SAQ papers together with model answers and marking guides. With the increase in value of the SAQ section of the Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists final exam to 20% of the total mark and a current pass rate of less than 50% for this section of the exam, its appearance would appear timely for local exam candidates.

The information on the marking of SAQ questions is similar but not identical to local practice. The advice for preparing for the actual SAQ exam could be abbreviated: revise what is in the curriculum and practise writing SAQs within the allotted time. Who could argue with that?

Local exam candidates have a large number of past exam questions available on the college website and more recent exam reports contain marking guides. Some of the questions from past FANZCA exams (or very similar questions) are in this book. I would urge local candidates to utilise this college resource in their exam preparation and to devise questions similar to those asked in past papers. If they have exhausted this resource or need something quickly digestible they can use SAQs for the final FRCA; but if they omit the ulna nerve in a cross section of the arm at the axilla as the model answer does in this book, they may be in trouble.

P. Gibson

Sydney, New South Wales
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