Editors David M Luesley, Philip N Baker
Preparing for the MRCOG examination is a critical and stressful time for trainees. There is no shortage of material and courses available: the problem is to find the right kind of revision literature to make things a little easier.
This book is an excellent find. It is logical, easy to read and not dull – which is vital. It challenges the trainee. Since it is evidence based, it is ideal for independent studying and revision.
The chapters are mainly divided into multiple choice questions (MCQs) and short essay-style questions. A further subdivision into obstetrics and gynaecology makes it easy to comprehend. There are 118 obstetric MCQs and 72 gynaecology MCQs, with detailed answers in a separate section. Each question includes a reference at the bottom from the innovative textbook Obstetrics and Gynaecology – An Evidence-based Text for MRCOG, by the same editorial team.
Similarly, there are 46 obstetric and 31 gynaecology short essay-style questions, with superb answers that stress the particular points that should be included and the proportion of marks achievable. It is a refreshing change from many other books, which show a very dogmatic approach to answering these questions.
The content tests both theoretical and practical knowledge and covers the curriculum within the RCOG trainee logbook. The book is also suitable for international medical graduates with little UK experience, as it exposes them to the local practice.
Overall, I think this is excellent value for money and works as a fantastic self-assessment aid. I have successfully used it and I would thoroughly recommend it.
Hodder Arnold, 2003
Paperback, 254 pages, £20.99
MRCOG Short Essay Questions is the essential aid for all trainees studying for the membership examination of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
This book contains 150 short essay questions, clearly structured to facilitate both learning and practice. Questions are divided primarily into obstetrics and gynaecology and secondly by main topics such as infertility, operative gynaecology and antenatal care. The answers are written in the form of bullet points; a format that not only clearly identifies the key points but also emulates the structure of the model answers given to the examiners by the RCOG.
Khaldoun Sharif is a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Birmingham Women's Hospital, and has a proven track record as an author of MRCOG revision books. His co-author, Parveen Abedin recently passed the examination and has therefore provided invaluable insights that have ensured the content is both appropriate and up-to-date.