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Passing the MRCOG Part 2 examination determines whether one could proceed to Part 3. The Part 2 examination consists of single best answer (SBAs) questions (40% of the marks) and extended matching questions (EMQs) (60% of the marks). Unlike the true/false multiple choice questions (MCQs) in the past, which test one’s ability to recollect facts, the SBAs test one’s ability to apply clinical knowledge. The candidate should have adequate knowledge in the subject of obstetrics and gynaecology and practise to answer SBAs to pass the Part 2 examination. Practice makes one perfect. The book Mastering Single Best Answer Questions for the Part 2 MRCOG Examination, An Evidence-Based Approach authored by Adel Elkady, Bashir Dawlatly and Mustafa Ahmed, and edited by Alex Rees, is one of the best books available for improving your knowledge and practising to get maximum marks in the SBAs section of the paper. Many candidates in the past have benefitted from Adel Elkady’s best-selling book on short answer questions (SAQs) for the MRCOG Part 2 examination - before the SAQs were omitted. I am sure this book will enjoy the same popularity as Adel’s previous book. This book has 26 chapters covering the span of obstetrics and gynaecology (‘blue printing’) needed for the examination. The number of questions in each area varies on the breadth and depth of the knowledge tested in the examination; for example, gynaecological oncology: 46, infections in obstetrics and gynaecology: 40, urogynaecology: 29, conception and assisted reproduction: 24, obstetric medicine: 25, saving mothers’ lives: 34, and labour ward practice: 24 questions. It also covers subjects of importance such as adolescent health and teenage pregnancy. There are 501 questions (205 pages). Each question stem has five options and evidence-based answers are given with suitable references. This should encourage further learning by the candidate. Sample answer sheets are provided to practise 50 questions in 70 minutes. I would strongly recommend Mastering Single Best Answer Questions for the Part 2 MRCOG Examination, An Evidence-Based Approach published by Cambridge University Press as essential reading for those who appear for the Part 2 MRCOG examination. Best wishes to all candidates for the examination.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMastering Single Best Answer Questions for the Part 2 MRCOG Examination
Subtitle of host publicationAn Evidence-Based Approach
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781316756447
ISBN (Print)9781316621561
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


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