Reviews of Educational Material  |   March 2017
The Primary FRCA Structured Oral Examination Study Guide.
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  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. waseyj@chop.edu
  • (Accepted for publication November 8, 2016.)
    (Accepted for publication November 8, 2016.)×
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Reviews of Educational Material
Reviews of Educational Material   |   March 2017
The Primary FRCA Structured Oral Examination Study Guide.
Anesthesiology 3 2017, Vol.126, 574. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001469
Anesthesiology 3 2017, Vol.126, 574. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001469
The primary Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (FRCA) examination is taken early in anesthesiology training in the United Kingdom. This examination sets a high standard and covers a great breadth of scientific and medical knowledge, which is matched by this excellent study guide. The two books are divided into five areas: physiology, physics, pharmacology, special patient groups, and critical incidents. These match the primary FRCA syllabus well, with the exception of statistics. This is a sensible omission because the statistical knowledge required is general and may easily be found elsewhere. The content is tailored to the remainder of the examination and anesthetic practice. There is a great deal of overlap with standard medical texts, but this guide manages to be concise and highly focused on anesthetic relevance of the concepts in each category.
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