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The FRCS(Orth Exam)

The success of all exams depends on preparation, performance and luck.  We all aim to reduce or even remove the need for luck by preparing hard to perform well on the day.

For most of us, good preparation is not enough to suppress the unpleasant thoughts based around bad luck.  What if I’m asked a question in a viva and have no idea about the answer?  What if my exam reveals nothing wrong with the patient?  How on earth do I dig myself out of this hole that I’ve made?

This section aims to provide some hints and tips to deal with these problems and to help you get through the whole exam experience.  There is advice on how to answer viva questions, avoid pitfalls in clinical examination, as well as methods on how to stay sane.  Most importantly, I hope you find it useful in learning the sorts of behaviour and approaches that the examiners expect in a successful candidate; otherwise known as “playing the exam game”.  In other words, I hope this section helps you to reduce your need for good luck on the day.

These hints have been gathered from the personal experience of myself and my colleagues. 

Sunil Auplish FRCS (Tr & Orth)

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