There is nothing as permanent as change! The traditional mode of conducting examinations in general, and medical examinations in particular, are no exceptions.
Objective methods of assessing candidates have come to stay in both undergraduate and post-graduate examinations in Medicine.. This book is my humble contribution to this ever-growing trend. It is a companion to the original text: “Textbook of Core General Surgery” which debuted two years ago.
The book comprises of over 2000 (two thousand) carefully-chosen questions and has endeavoured to cover various aspects of Surgery. In addition to providing answers to the questions, the author has added some relevant explanatory notes where necessary. The book
is therefore meant to play a dual role simultaneously: Self assessment as well as learning.
Several topics that were not captured in the mother-text, have been highlighted here. This book is, therefore, a ‘true companion’ indeed!
In addition to questions in the core surgical specialties, sample questions have been included in the surgical-related subspecialties of Anaesthesia, Radiology and Ophthalmology.
Hopefully, undergraduates in particular, whose final examinations in Surgery encompass these subspecialties, will find this helpful.
Three forms of questions are included in line with the format in surgical examinations: multiple choice true/false; single/ best answer and matching questions respectively. The reader is advised to temporarily cover the line bearing the answer with the book marker
provided, attempt the question and then uncover to cross-check with the answer provided. Some questions may appear to be repeated. This is in line with acquainting the reader of various ways in which such questions may be presented (true/false versus single/best
answers). Since some of the answers may appear controversial, genuine comments are highly welcome from readers.
It is my earnest desire that this submission will contribute its quota in positively changing the narrative as regards the outcome of both undergraduate and postgraduate examinations in Surgery.
Chibundu Emmanuel Ohanaka