Dr Mehar Ahson – CRQs in anaesthesia textbook

Dr Mehar Ahson, EMSA ST7 in Anaesthesia is co-author on the latest Constructed Response Questions in Anaesthesia textbook, with colleagues Thanthullu Vasu, Mahesh Kodivalasa, Pradeep Ingle, and Lohita Rilesh Nanda.

As of September 2019, Constructed Response Questions (CRQs) will replace Short Answer Questions (SAQs) in the Final FRCA examination. The first paper will be a hybrid with 6 CRQs and 6 SAQs and from March 2020, the entire paper will only have CRQs. CRQs have been introduced in order to allow an assessment of not only the knowledge and understanding of the candidates but also of application of that knowledge together with evaluation and judgement. CRQs in Anaesthesia is one of the pioneering books for the new exam pattern Final FRCA.

My dream project came true when I was approached by Dr Vasu and Dr Kodivalasa to be a member of the team of authors. All the authors divided the topics for ease of coverage as per their area of expertise and worked collectively towards the completion of the first draft. After several edits and proof reads, the book attained its final form. It is available to order on Amazon and is due to be released on 1st of August 2019.

As a senior trainee, I feel immense pride in having contributed to this book, and I am looking forward to seeing our hard work in print. I would be delighted when the candidates use this book as an exam preparation guide and feel supported during their FRCA examination. This book highlights the more important topics which are frequently covered in the Final FRCA and the questions have been set out in the CRQ pattern alongwith the answers and references. I hope that the FRCA candidates would find this book helpful.

We are also organizing the first ever CRQ practice day for Final FRCA at Leicester on the 26th of August 2019 and already, the interest is overwhelming. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of writing this book and am grateful for my very supportive and helpful colleagues at East Midlands School of Anaesthesia.

I am sure that the newly recruited anaesthetic trainees at EMSA will find plenty of similar opportunities for teaching, training, book writing and organization of courses.