Single Best Answer MCQs in Anaesthesia: Clinical Anaesthesia.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Gordon, G.S.
Pub Date: 07/01/2011
Publication: Name: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Publisher: Australian Society of Anaesthetists Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 Australian Society of Anaesthetists ISSN: 0310-057X
Issue: Date: July, 2011 Source Volume: 39 Source Issue: 4
Topic: NamedWork: Single Best Answer MCQs in Anaesthesia: Clinical Anaesthesia (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Mendonca, C.; Chaudhari, M.; James, J.
Accession Number: 264921651
Full Text: Single Best Answer MCQs in Anaesthesia. Volume 1

Clinical Anaesthesia. Mendonca C, Chaudhari

M, James J; TFM Publishing Ltd, Castle Hill

Barns, Harley, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 6LX,

UK; US$59.95; 149x210 mm; pp. 198; ISBN 9781-903-37875-5.

This book from the United Kingdom is the first edition of a book which the authors state is aimed at those preparing for postgraduate examinations in anaesthesia. The Royal College of Anaesthetists has recently changed the format of its multiple choice question (MCQ) examination from multiple true-false type questions to single best answer (SBA) type questions, the type traditionally used by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA). Educationalists state that traditional multiple true-false questions only assess factual recall of knowledge, while SBAs allow facts to be placed in context, testing the application of knowledge and problem solving that is the basis of clinical practice. SBA MCQs allow the candidate to demonstrate that they 'know how' rather than simply 'know', making SBA MCQs a better discriminator. The book is accordingly more relevant to the Australian and New Zealand exams.

The book is divided into six sets, each comprised of 30 MCQs covering a broad spectrum of clinical anaesthesia. Each question commences with a case description followed by five responses. All responses are potentially correct, but only one is the best response. Following each set there is an answer section, where the correct responses are revealed with brief summaries which are concise, contain useful explanations and use bullet points and tables where appropriate. Answers include contemporary references for the candidate to use if they wish to explore the subject matter further. With the adopted layout, the book works well as a tool for self-assessment for a candidate sitting this format of exam.

Subject areas covered are within the scope of the final Fellow of ANZCA curriculum and the standard of the questions approximates well to those past MCQ papers released by ANZCA. It is to be noted that the ANZCA MCQ examination also includes questions on applied pharmacology, applied anatomy, applied physiology, equipment, statistics in addition to the type of clinical questions included in this book. I did not see any questions relating to paediatric anaesthesia. The structure of questions is clear, very readable and unambiguous.

This is a certainly a book I would recommend to any ANZCA final examination candidate, but it is unlikely to find its way into the library of the specialist anaesthetist.

G. S. Gordon

Townsville, Queensland
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