Exam Revision

On this page you will find information and resources to assist you with FRCS revision.

Getting Started


If you’re not quite sure where to start with your revision have a look at this comprehensive presentation by Mr Jason Lee on getting started.

FRCS Academic Viva


The following presentation by Mr Singh-Ranger gives some basic tips on how to read a paper in preparation for the academic viva. You can find additional information about how to read a paper below.

Mammary Fold Presentation


Click here to view a presentation from the Mammary Fold: FRCS General Surgery exam: tips for breast trainees in line with the new examination format. 

Pass Rates


In December 2015 the ABS sought to obtain the pass rates for breast trainees taking the FRCS exam as it had been lead to believe that breast trainees were failing these exams more frequently than other special interest trainees.

Pass/Fail rates were obtained from the Joint Committee on Intercollegiate Examinations and they reported that, "The JCIE can see no evidence to support the comments which you have received ie that breast trainees are failing the Intercollegiate Specialty Examination in General Surgery more frequently than other special interest trainees.... With zero fails in S1 and only two fails in S2 (all at the first attempt) JCIE would conclude that there are no specific issues with breast trainees."

How to Read a Paper


On this page you will find links to articles in the BMJ that explain how to read and interpret different kinds of research papers:

1. Papers that go beyond numbers (qualitative research) by Trisha Greenhalgh & Rod Taylor
2. Papers that summarise other papers (systematic reviews and meta-analyses) by Trisha Greenhalgh
3. Papers that tell you what things cost (economic analyses) by Trisha Greenhalgh
4. Papers that report diagnostic or screening tests by Trisha Greenhalgh
5. Papers that report drug trials by Trisha Greenhalgh
6. Statistics for the non-statistician. II: “Significant” relations and their pitfalls by Trisha Greenhalgh
7. Statistics for the non-statistician by Trisha Greenhalgh
8. Assessing the methodological quality of published papers by Trisha Greenhalgh
9. Getting your bearings (deciding what the paper is about) by Trisha Greenhalgh
10. The Medline database by Trisha Greenhalgh

Cases to discuss


Please click below to access FRCS cases for discussion.

Case 1

Case 2

Case 3

Case 4