Examination Resources

Trainees Examination Resources

This section is aimed at providing you with information and resources pertaining to cardiothoracic anaesthesia and ICM to help you in your preparation for relevant postgraduate examinations.  We hope you find the following resources useful and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to share any of your resources.


Recommended Reading and Useful Websites

Recommended Reading

In addition to the core material and standard examination texts recommended for the FRCA, you may also find the following of use when on your cardiothoracic rotations, preparing for examinations or embarking on your first months as a cardiothoracic fellow. 

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anaesthesia: In a Nutshell

By J Gothard

Core Topics in Cardiac Anaesthesia (2nd edition)

By JH Mackay & JE Arrowsmith

A Practical Approach to Cardiac Anesthesia (5th Edition)

By FA Hensley, GP Gravlee & DE Martin

Oxford Specialist Handbook in Cardiac Anaesthesia

By M Barnard & B Martin

Core Topics in Cardiothoracic Critical Care

By A Klein, A Vuylsteke & S Nashef

Oxford Specialist Handbook of Cardiothoracic Critical Care

By R Smith, M Higgins & A Macfie

Core Topics in Thoracic Anaesthesia

By C Searl & S Ahmed

Oxford Specialist Handbook of Thoracic Anaesthesia

By J Wilkinson, S Pennefather & R McCahon

Cardiopulmonary Bypass (2nd Edition)

By S Ghosh, F Falter & A Perrino

Practical Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (2nd Edition)

By D Sidebotham & A Merry

A Practical Approach to Transesophageal Echocardiography (3rd Edition)

By A Perrino & S Reeves

Useful Websites

FRCA Mindmaps

Past FRCA SAQ's, MCQ's and SBA's

Hints and Tips in Cardiac ICU

ECMO and Resuscitation

Online ECMO Simulator

Cardiac Anaesthesia Made Simple

Online CPB Simulator

The PA Catheter

The Basics of Vasopressors


Past RCoA Final FRCA SAQ’s relating to cardiothoracic anaesthesia and critical care with examiner comments

Mock Final FRCA Cardiac SAQ’s (submitted by Dr Sebastian Baxter)

Mock Final FRCA Thoracic SAQ’s (submitted by Dr Sebastian Baxter)

BJA Education/CEACCP Cardiothoracic Articles Summary


Mock Cardiac SAQ's (NI School of Anaesthesia)

Mock Thoracic SAQ's (NI School of Anaesthesia)