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Cracking the Intercollegiate General Surgery FRCS Viva
A Revision Guide

ISBN 9781444184723
Published December 17, 2013 by CRC Press
399 Pages

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Book Description

The FRCS examination is the last hurdle on the road to independent practice as a consultant surgeon in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The voce viva portion of the exam can be particularly challenging for candidates who must demonstrate not only their knowledge of various surgical topics, but also their reasoning and decision-making abilities.

Cracking the Intercollegiate General Surgery FRCS Viva: A Revision Guide provides the framework and knowledge to pass the non-subspecialty sections of the FRCS (General Surgery) viva and clinical examination. This comprehensive revision text covers all essential topics in critical care, emergency and general surgery as well as critical appraisal of research papers, basic statistics and data manipulation for the academic section.


  • Layout: A unique approach recreates the structure and content of each individual viva

  • Past questions: Actual viva questions pooled from successful FRCS candidates are included so you know what worked

  • Contributors: Insight from experienced clinicians who have trained in the UK higher surgical training system

This essential revision guide provides you with the vital points for each topic, presented in a concise, structured manner and referenced where appropriate. It is essential reading for anyone preparing for the FRCS General Surgery exam.

Table of Contents

Academic Viva; Elizabeth Ball, Tjun Tang and Stewart Walsh

Critical Care; Jithesh Appukutty, Elizabeth Ball, John Davidson,

Vinodkumar Singh, Tjun Tang and Stewart Walsh

Emergency Surgery; Elizabeth Ball, Nicole Keong, Tjun Tang, Colin Walsh and Stewart Walsh

General Surgery; Elizabeth Ball, Pankaj Mishra, C J Shukla, Tjun Tang, Thomas Tsang, Colin Walsh and Stewart Walsh

Breast Surgery; Elizabeth Ball, Amy Burger and Sue Down

Colorectal Surgery; Ed Courtney, Gillian Tierney and Samson Tou

Endocrine Surgery; Elizabeth Ball and Ashish Lal

HPB Surgery; Saurabh Jamdar, Jeffrey Lordan, Dermot O’Riordan and

Manel Riera

Transplant Surgery; Zia Moinuddin, Rajesh Sivaprakasam and David van Dellen

Upper GI Surgery; Naheed Farooq, Dermot O’Riordan, Dmitri Pournaras, Manel Riera and Andy Tsang

Vascular Surgery; Tjun Tang, Janice Tsui, Stewart Walsh and Michael Wu


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Elizabeth Ball is currently working as an oncoplastic consultant at Ipswich Hospital, after completing a National Oncoplastic Fellowship at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London. She is currently undertaking an MS in Oncoplastic Surgery, and has a special interest in familial breast cancer. She is actively involved in teaching and training junior surgical staff and is enrolled on the Trainer Development Programme at the University of Bedford. She is a faculty member on the ‘Training the Trainers’ course, and has also served as a faculty member on Basic Surgical Skills, ATLS and CCrISP courses all over the UK. She has written 12 peer-reviewed publications and several chapters in general surgical textbooks.

Stewart Walsh’s research interest focuses on the perioperative care of major vascular surgery patients, utilizing comparative-effectiveness methodology to evaluate current and potential interventions. He has more than 120 peer-reviewed journal publications. Since 2011, he has been assistant editor at the International Journal of Surgery. In 2013, he was appointed as an editor with the Cochrane Peripheral Vascular Disease Group. He leads the surgery modules at the University of Limerick and has served as faculty member on the Basic Surgical Skills and CCrISP courses in the Eastern Deanery. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Tjun Tang is currently doing a postgraduate fellowship at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, Australia, concentrating on complex lower limb revascularisation, prior to taking up a consultant post in vascular and endovascular surgery at Changi General Hospital in Singapore. He has active research interests in carotid imaging and outcome modelling in vascular surgery and has published widely on these subjects. He has more than 130 peer-reviewed publications and has co-written/edited five postgraduate revision textbooks in general surgery.