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Get ahead! SURGERY100 EMQs for Finals

By James Wigley, Saran Shantikumar

CRC Press – 2007 – 264 pages

Series: Get ahead!

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    October 2nd 2007


Get ahead! is a brand new essential revision series for medical and surgical finals. Each title contains practice questions similar to those you can expect in the real exam. The series stands out in its use of subject summaries that include all the detail you would need from a larger textbook - but we've waived the waffle! If you are looking for a comprehensive, reliable, effective revision aid, then look no further than Get ahead!

Features of Get ahead! SURGERY: 100 EMQs for Finals
- Covers the entire medical syllabus
- 100 EMQ themes over six practice papers
- Questions written in a similar style to the Medical Schools Council Assessment Alliance (MSC-AA) bank
- Includes harder stems suitable for students aiming for honours
- Full explanatory answers including succinct subject summaries
- Eponymous details and derivatives for added interest
- Also suitable for PLAB and MRCS candidates


This text is well written and factually accurate. One cannot underestimate the amount of effort that this young doctor has put into compiling this work. Common clinical scenarios are presented in an accessible and logical manner that allows the student to read from cover to cover or dip in and out as needed. There is wide coverage of the surgical spectrum and many key topics are addressed appropriately.

Very little wading is required and every page contains several nuggets of factual gold that is the currency of final year medical school. The factual knowledge presented with concise explanatory notes will certainly appeal to the strategic learner who is short for time and staring down the barrel of finals.

Journal of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland, Oct 2007

Questions are laid out well and particularly great are the answers that the book provides. Each answer gives enough information for the reader to understand how the answer came about, whilst providing you with useful nuggets of information. It appears that the answers are almost like a mini-concise textbook in themselves. I shall definitely be using the book come exam-time. You can never have too many EMQs …
MAD Magazine, Jan 2008

There are plenty of EMQ books on the market but this one really hits the spot for surgical specialties.

Arranged as 6 practice papers, each paper covers a variety of scenarios that would be commonly encountered in the surgical setting covering both acute and chronic conditions. Clinically-relevant anatomy, pathology, diagnosis, investigations and management themes are presented along with subject summaries, comprehensive explanations of the answers and the information that provided that 'definitive clue'.

Get Ahead! SURGERY: 100 EMQs for Finals has proven so useful to me in my 4th year surgery block that I've already pre-ordered its sister books Get Ahead! MEDICINE and Get Ahead! SPECIALTIES!

Aberdeen Medics Newsletter, Feb 2008

The book is divided into seven practice papers, which would be similar to the ones seen in finals. Each paper has 17 different themes about various aspects in surgery. I did a lot of questions and was surprised to see some were quite similar to my 3rd year MCQ/EMQ paper! It is certainly of great value to final year students to practice doing the questions …
Queen's Medical Magazine, Spring 2008

I see this book as one of the key books for revision for my finals. The content is excellent and is written in the same style as assessments are made. I am pleased to see that this book has the answers directly after the question paper - excellent. In addition to this and even more valuable are the detailed and easy to understand explanations, saving many an hour trawling the books. This is excellent, with references to aetiology, pathology investigations and clinical signs. Due to these detailed explanations, the book not only serves as a revision aid but as a useful resource during the academic year.

Keele MedNews, May 2008

This book is an excellent revision aid for medical students sitting for Finals as it essentially covers the entire surgical syllabus. The format of the questions closely resemble to those found in the University Medical Assessment Partnership bank of questions and as such serves as a useful preparation for exams.

Answers are provided together with explanations that are well worth a read as they are a valuable revision tool themselves. This is one of the book's major strengths. I would thoroughly recommend this book to all medical students as a comprehensive and reliable revision aid.

British Journal of Hospital Medicine, Sept 2008

4 Stars: Great book, thorough and covers most basic surgery for finals
Well suited for those who want to make sure they know the basics for surgical written finals.

Customer review on Amazon, Jun 2010


Introduction to Get ahead!
Practice Paper 1: Questions
Practice Paper 1: Answers
Practice Paper 2: Questions
Practice Paper 2: Answers
Practice Paper 3: Questions
Practice Paper 3: Answers
Practice Paper 4: Questions
Practice Paper 4: Answers
Practice Paper 5: Questions
Practice Paper 5: Answers
Practice Paper 6: Questions
Practice Paper 6: Answers
Index of topics covered

Author Bio

Saran Shantikumar, MRCS, British Heart Foundation Fellow, Bristol Heart Institute, UK

Related Subjects

  1. Medical Education
  2. Surgery

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