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How to crack MRCS Part A and the Best books for MRCS Part A preparation (Updated)


Sharing my preparation plan and resources for preparation of MRCS Part A here. I took MRCS Part A exam during second year of my MS General Surgery residency. I would rate the difficulty of the exam as moderate, at least it was not something which can be taken lightly. There were times in the exam hall when I was doubting myself over my responses to the questions. Quite a few questions were very tricky, so you have to be on your toes while doing preparation.Until the day of the result I had a doubt over me cracking the exam, but the big day came as a pleasant surprise. 

Below I will break up the preparation into a few steps:


Step 0 : Understand what is MRCS Part A Exam and Which College to choose?

Step 1: Decide date of the exam giving yourselves enough time and a good headstart over the competition

Step 2: Choose your study resources

Step 3: Join various Facebook communities where students and seniors help each other over study resources and important information regarding the exams

Step 4: Revise what you have read

Step 5: Hold onto your nerves in the examination hall and don't do silly mistakes


Step 0: Understand what is MRCS Part A Exam and Which College to choose?

Full form of MRCS is Member of the Royal College of Surgeons. The MRCS examination is a crucial milestone for a surgical career in the UK; it determines whether a surgical trainee possesses the correct knowledge, skills and attributes to complete basic training and to progress to higher levels of specialist surgical training. Since MRCS is an intercollegiate exam, so after passing part A in any of the above college one can give part B in same or any of the other colleges. Degree will be awarded by the college in which Part B is given. There is no difference in value of degree awarded all are equal only difference is Edinburgh is more immigrant friendly college and England is more popular and difficult to get through. MRCS Part A exam is conducted by:

1.RCS England
https://www.rcseng.ac.uk/education-and-exams/exams/search/intercollegiate-mrcs-part-a

2.RCS Edinburgh
https://www.rcsed.ac.uk/exams/the-mrcs-exam

3.RCS Glasgow
https://rcpsg.ac.uk/surgeons/exams/mrcs/part-a

4.RCS Ireland
https://www.rcsi.ie/gensurgerymembersexams



Step 1: Decide date of the exam giving yourselves enough time and a good headstart over the competition

  • Deciding when to give the exam is one of the important factors which will drive your success in the exam
  • It is held three times a year in January, April and September with booking closing approximately 2 months before the exam date.
  • You can follow these two routes
    • Express Preparation: Requires 6 months. Suitable for those who do not have a very tight work schedule and can take out a good relaxed 4-6 hours of time to study each day.
    • Laid Back Preparation: Requires 1 year. Suitable for those who have a very busy work schedule and cannot devote more than 2-3 hours per day of study time.
  • Once you decide about which cohort you would fall in, book a date for the exam
  • Until you don't book a date, your brain will be in a denial about the exam preparation and you will be as lazy as a toad. So if you are really serious, book a date at the earliest.

Step 2: Choose your study resources

  • What to read to crack MRCS again depends on when are you starting your preparation. 
  • In case you are going the express route your resources will include more of MCQs and EMQs, and less of theory books which will be used only for reference
  • In case you choose to go the laid back route, you have a chance to work on your weak areas, strengthen your basics and mix it with a right proportion of MCQ/EMQ practice everyday
  • Below are few books which are a must for preparation of MRCS Part A 
Best Theory Books for MRCS Part A Preparation

1) MRCS Part A: Essential Revision Notes: Book 1
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How to crack MRCS Part A and the Best books for MRCS Part A preparation (Updated)















2) MRCS Part A: Essential Revision Notes: Book 2
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3) Basic Science for the MRCS: A revision guide for surgical trainees (MRCS Study Guides)
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4) Oxford Handbook of Clinical Surgery
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Best MCQ/EMQ Books for MRCS Part A Preparation

I cannot overemphasize the importance of doing as many MCQ/EMQs as possible because our brain usually is good at recalling readymade retained information in pressure situations, as in the exam hall it is sometimes difficult to come at conclusions. So having done a few MCQ/EMQs on the topic given in the exam will increase your probability of giving a right response to the question. Below are a few books you can go through:

1) SBAs for the MRCS Part A: A Bailey & Love Revision Guide
Paperback – 25 Sep 2018
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2) Bailey & Love Companion Guide Mcqs & Emqs In Surgery
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3) Rush University Medical Center Review of Surgery
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4) MRCS Practice Papers Part A: Paper 1 SBAs
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5) MRCS Practice Papers Part A: Paper 2 EMQs
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Best MCQ/EMQ Online Resources for MRCS Part A Preparation

  1. Pastest : Over 4,300 MRCS A exam-themed questions
  2. OnExam : Over 1,700 single best answer questions, 1,300 extended matching items and 2015 Mock Test 
  3. eMRCS : Over 2,000 Single Best Answer and Extended Matching questions based on themes from previous exams
Check out this video on Best books for MRCS Part A Preparation:

Step 3: Join various Facebook communities where students and seniors help each other over study resources and important information regarding the exams

Following are a few communities which can help you understand your competition, keep you motivated and help you with more guidance on the study resources: 

Step 4: Revise what you have read

One month before the exam stop reading anything new and focus only on the revision. Stick to MCQ/EMQs for your revision. Try to take a glance of all of them atleast once. 

Step 5: Hold onto your nerves in the examination hall and don't do silly mistakes

On the D-Day... 
  • Stay composed
  • Read questions carefully
  • Mark the options as you attempt questions
  • Keep a track of time, remember you have less than a minute to attempt each question. Time is one of the important factor which will determine your success.
  • Avoid silly mistakes
  • Keep your senses working 
  • Don't get nervous
  • Take good breakfast, stay energized and well hydrated 
If you have studied well, you will definitely clear the exam.

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Frequently Asked Questions about MRCS Exam preparation


1) What is the best time for appearing in MRCS Part A for Indian doctors?

For MRCS Part A, the best time to prepare and appear in exam in my view is 2nd year, because you have had a good practical exposure to most clinical situations which are asked in the exams by then. This will make reading theory and attempting questions more interesting.


2) Can I appear in MRCS Part A after successfully completing my pg entrance exams?


However if you think you have enough time available after your pg entrance exams, and you think you are comfortable with basic knowledge of  supespecialties like urology, vascular surgery, orthopaedics, neurosurgery etc, you can go ahead with MRCS Part A.

3) What is the best time for appearing in MRCS Part B exams for Indian doctors?


For MRCS Part B, the best time to prepare is 3rd year, you are very strong clinically by then and you will be able to prepare with minimum effort. Your probability to pass the exam will also be higher. In addition to it, it will also help in preparation of final year general surgery clinicals.

4) After doing MRCS part A, how much time we have to pass MRCS part B? 

After passing part A, you are required to pass Part B of the examination within seven years. Otherwise successful MRCS Part A result will be considered as expired.


5) Is MRCS Exam mandatory for doing FRCS?

There can be a direct entry to FRCS too but for experienced surgeons only and that too after satisfying a lot of other criteria. But MRCS makes it easier to get GMC registration, Royal college sponsorship, fellowships and jobs in the UK.


6) Can I start my preparation for MRCS immediately after finishing my housejob?

You can start your preparation for MRCS Part A immediately after finishing your housejob but it is always better to have some basic surgical experience before you appear for MRCS Part B.


7) Is MRCS Degree of any use in India?

MRCS has only academic value in India and showing off a foreign degree on your CV to your employers and to your patients. Maybe it can help you initially in your career in converting your job interviews easily. . It shows that your standard of knowledge matches the international standards. That is the reason many specialists resort to naming the institution or University from which they obtained the MRCS/ FRCS in brackets after the degree. MRCS is a very standardized examination with emphasis on basic sciences. MRCS can authenticate minimum proficiency in the basic principles of General Surgery.

However, there is no significant difference in the packages between MRCS qualified and non-qualified doctors. In the Middle Eastern and other countries, doctors with MRCS are preferred and given higher seniority and packages.

8) What are the changes in the pattern of MRCS Part A exam?

MRCS A exam earlier used a mixture of single best answer multiple choice questions (MCQs) and extended matching MCQs (EMQs) in Paper 2. From September 2018, only single best answer MCQs are being asked in the paper.

9) What is the syllabus of MRCS?

Please check out this document to know the syllabus of MRCS.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BZrOZpLmnC_0ctAtVULJ09ZHZs2DoJtt/view?usp=sharing
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VALUE OF MRCS IN INDIA

Value of MRCS in India

 

Sir, 

Do u think there is any value of doing MRCS???

If one doesn't want to go to uk ???

I dont think I want to settle in uk.

Should I still write MRCS ???


For practical purposes, it only gets your name in the GMC register. NHS needs doctors from overseas to fill certain jobs which are not taken up by local graduates as they do not lead to a consultant post. These are called trust grade jobs or non-training jobs. Few from this cadre may get training jobs leading to CCT, which is a must for becoming a consultant. 

So MRCS is a basic exam that gives you eligibility to start work in NHS at the junior level.

In India, MRCS is just a post-nominal to show off that you have a foreign degree. There is no difference in packages and seniority of MRCS vs Non-MRCS doctors in both corporate and government hospitals.


MRCS has no value after MBBS, as it will not fetch you a job and won't have any academic or "show-off" value as you are not a surgeon. The academic and "show-off" value of MRCS in India exists only if you have MS or DNB General Surgery degree. 


But if you want to practice outside India, it adds lots of value to your CV. In the middle east, for example, MRCS doctors are preferred and given higher packages as well as seniority.


 

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What problem does Baba Ramdev have with Allopathic Medicine? Allopathic Medicine vs Ayurvedic Medicine

What problem does Baba Ramdev have with Allopathic Medicine? Allopathic Medicine vs Ayurvedic Medicine




Baba Ramdev in one of his sessions questioned the whole science of Allopathic modern medicine and crossed all limits by commenting "Lakhs Of People Died Due To Allopathic Medicines".


We fail to understand what problem does Baba Ramdev has with Allopathic Medicine? 



The treatment philosophies may differ between indigenous systems and modern medicine. The problem from our side is not the debate of Allopathic Medicine vs Ayurvedic Medicine but his utter lack of ethics. He is blatantly misguiding the masses to promote a risky health behaviour of not seeking medical care at the right time which can lead to loss of countless more lives.



It is Allopathic modern medicine due to which countless lives are being saved and countless doctors have given their lives while fighting at the frontline between the sickest of patients not caring about their own health. And this is the most outrageous comment which actually disrespects the sacrifice of so many doctors.



I think no allopathic doctor ever would have ever attacked any Indigenous systems saying that you killed lakhs of people. That is so harsh a comment to make on the people giving their lives and keeping their own family's health at stake for treatment of critically ill patients. 



Why is Ayurveda, Sidha and other Indegenous systems not stepping up to take care of critically ill patients as well? It is just because they don't have the treatment and means to treat once the body goes into disequilibrium of the disease process. Their role is mainly in prevention and very early management of only chronic diseases, they should stick to it and stop misguiding innocent people. 


Because of Baba Ramdev's comments lakhs of people probably won't take vaccinations or not go to hospital when their saturation is dropping, who will be responsible for their death?  He himself seeks allopathic care to save his own life. There have been many recorded instances available in public media of him seeking modern medical care. 


It was only due to advances of modern medicine which have lead to the production of one of the fastest developed vaccine ever in human history to counter the COVID-19 virus. 



If not for modern medical science, Babas like him would never even have understood the disease or the causative factor for COVID 19. Today he has the audacity to make such a comment that "Lakhs Of People Died Due To Allopathic Medicines".




Baba Ramdev and his team have made Ayurveda into a pure business, what used to be a benevolent science. We strongly condemn this statement and the attitude of Baba Ramdev towards modern allopathic medicine. 




By making such comments he has been responsible for the death of countless cancer patients who go to baba Ramdev thinking that he will cure their cancer (personally know quite a few patients whose treatable cancer became advanced and inoperable while they were in his ashrams) and he will also be responsible for the death of countless Covid patients if following him the patients don't seek timely medical care. 

Quotes for Surgeons


Here are a few assorted quotes related to the branch of Surgery. You might have read and heard a few of these before. Some of them are really amusing. Cheers to the passion of learning surgery!



It is better to open and see than to wait and see. 
-Sidney Cuthbert Wallace (1907)
Quotes for Surgeons


The flat abdomen is a good abdomen. 
-G A Decker

Abdominal wall closure: if it looks all right, it’s too tight – if it looks too loose, it’s alright. 
-Matt Oliver
Quotes for Surgeons



Better to have a piece of peritoneum on the bowel than a piece of bowel on the peritoneum.
Quotes for Surgeons


Two things surgeons fear the most are God and peritonitis. 
-Henri Mondor (1885 - 1962)
Quotes for Surgeons


Never let the skin stand between you and the diagnosis
Quotes for Surgeons


Who learns anatomy from books should operate on books only
Quotes for Surgeons


The advent of anaesthesia has made it so that any idiot can become a surgeon. 
-William Stewart Halsted (1852 – 1922)
Quotes for Surgeons



There is an inverse relationship between the surgeon’s ability and the frequency he asks for more muscle relaxants.
Quotes for Surgeons


A surgeon is someone who likes to operate, an anaesthetist is someone who doesn’t like to give anaesthetics. 
-David M. Dent
Quotes for Surgeon

He is not even fit for a haircut under local anaesthesia


Quotes for Surgeon



Blood brain barrier: the screen between the surgeon and the anaesthetist.
Quotes for Surgeons

The patient who can’t be intubated should be intubated.




Surgery is not an art, it is a personality disorder.

Have plenty of assistance but not many assistants. 
-Augustus C. Bernays (1854 - 1907)


A good assistant does not always become a good chief, but a bad assistant never does. 

A good chief has always been a good assistant. 
-Charles F. M. Saint (1886 - 1973)


A surgeon operates as good as his assistant permits.


The surgical resident is like a mushroom: kept in the dark, fed shit and expected to grow.

Poor surgeons can improve but poor assistants never become good surgeons. 
-Moshe Schein

All bleeding eventually ceases - when the patient is dead. 
-Guy de Chauliac (1300 - 1368)

The only weapon with which the unconscious patient can immediately retaliate upon the incompetent surgeon is haemorrhage. 
-William Stewart Halsted

There are four degrees of intra-operative haemorrhage: 1. Why did I get involved in this operation? 2. Why did I become a surgeon 3. Why did I become a doctor? 4. Why was I born?. 
-Alexander Artemiev


Blood bank is the surgeon’s gas station.


The most common cause of post-operative coagulopathy: poor haemostasis. Operative atlases never bleed.

The most important clotting factor is the surgeon. 
-Moshe Schein

In men nine out of ten abdominal tumours are malignant, in women nine out of ten abdominal tumours are the pregnant uterus. 
-Rutherford Morris (1853 - 1939)

A physician is someone who knows everything and does nothing.
A surgeon is someone who does everything and knows nothing.
A psychiatrist is someone who knows nothing and does nothing.
A pathologist is someone who knows everything and does everything too late.
— Anonymous

At a given instant everything the surgeon knows suddenly becomes important to the solution of the problem. You can't do it an hour later, or tomorrow. Nor can you go to the library and look it up.
— John W. Kirklin

On Saturday, I was a surgeon in South Africa, very little known ... [and] ... On Monday, I was world renowned.
— Christiaan Barnard

Sepsis is an insult to a surgeon.
— Anonymous

There is no better surgeon than a man with many scars.
— Spanish Proverb

I don’t dawdle. I'm a surgeon. I make an incision, do what needs to be done and sew up the wound. There is a beginning, a middle, and an end.
— Richard Selzer

As a surgeon you have to have a controlled arrogance. If it's uncontrolled, you kill people, but you have to be pretty arrogant to saw through a person's chest, take out their heart and believe you can fix it. Then, when you succeed and the patient survives, you pray, because it's only by the grace of God that you get there
            — Mehmet Oz

A good surgeon doesn't just concentrate on technical ability, but also on the appropriateness of what you're doing. 
— Benjamin Carson 

 

To be great, a surgeon must have a fierce determination to be the leader in his field. He must have a driving ego, a hunger beyond money. He must have a passion for perfectionism. He is like the actor who wants his name in lights. 
— Donald B. Effler

Best Quotes for Surgeons Video


Here are some great surgery quotes from an episode of “THE SURGEON’S CUT “ featuring Dr Devi Shetty which is available on Netflix.


        1.For me Surgery is an art and all surgeons are artists.Whatever we do ..in the end it should look beautiful .If it looks beautiful it always works.


       2.As Surgeons we should be supremely confident of our skills .


     3.The worst thing is to see one of your patients you operated on die.The patient dies  once ,but we die a hundred times. And that particular day,believe me I’m in no mood to do anything .I cancel rest of the operations ..I just want  to  be left alone .


    4.My mother was deeply spiritual so when  something goes wrong,it is my spirituality that keeps me going .


5.I feel I am an instrument in the hands of God and I do exactly what he wants me to do .Nothing more nothing less.


6.Believing that someone else is in command and that I am an instrument in the hands of god  ,I do exactly what he wants me to do .This helps me get rid of my anxiety and nervousness .


7.The skill of surgery is given by God and it should be available to everyone .


8.I don’t find myself extraordinary other than the passion to cut and stitch .


9.To the 4000 children I operated in Kolkata :All I ask of you is -can you spend a few minutes of your precious time with someone who need it without expecting anything back in return .”



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