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Postgraduate Paediatric Orthopaedics: The candidate’s guide to the FRCS(Tr & Orth) Examination

Sattar Alshryda, Stan Jones, Paul A. Banaszkiewicz. pp.306 Cambridge University Press, 2014. ISBN-13: 978-1107644588

The latest book in the Postgraduate Orthopaedics series from Cambridge University Press comes in paperback and is relatively lightweight.

This 306-page survival guide is designed to provide an all-in-one source of revision material for candidates preparing for the paediatric component of the FRCS (Tr and Orth), as well as the European Board of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, FRACS (Orth), FRCSC (Orth) and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery examinations.

It was written by 27 practicing paediatric orthopaedic surgeons from UK and Canada, aiming to reflect the standard of core knowledge expected of a newly appointed consultant.

The core topics are organised according to body regions.  The text is clear and concise, supplemented with over 270 illustrations, clinical photos and radiographs, plus 54 tables for easy revision.  Each topic is completed by a short list of up-to-date reference. 

The book also contains very helpful tips for examination candidates.  Not only outlining the history and format of the examination and providing some mock examination material for candidates to get a taste of how the examination is carried out, it goes the extra mile by giving helpful advice on performance psychology and even dress code, for examination success.

Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Dr KL Liu, Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hong Kong