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 by Rebecca Lewis: 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 


European Board of Surgery Qualification - Breast

Find out more here

 

Every year, the European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO) organises in co-operation with the European Board of Surgery of the Union of European Medical Specialists (UEMS) Professional Examinations in both surgical oncology and in breast cancer surgery.

The examination aims at certifying the level of up-to-date knowledge, skills, and general competency necessary for the optimal treatment of a cancer patient.

The examination in surgical oncology is conducted under the supervision of an Examination Board chaired by Ms. Lynda Wyld (UK), Head of the Division of Surgical Oncology, Surgical section, UEMS. It consists of a written MCQ and an oral exam composed of 2 case discussions and a review of a scientific paper.

The examination in breast cancer surgery is conducted under the supervision of an Examination Board chaired by Professor Christos Markopoulos (GR), President of the Division of Breast Surgery, Surgical section, UEMS. It consists of a written MCQ examination, a breast module comprising oral examination according the UEMS guidelines on the standards for the training of specialised health professionals dealing with breast cancer ( Eur J Cancer 2007;43:660-675) and the review of a scientific paper on breast surgery. The examination is based on the core curriculum developed by the Education and Training Committee in 2012.