Top 10 FRCS Tr & Orth Resources


Without doubt, when revising for any exam, utilising as broader range of learning resources as possible helps us to better engage with the content and can directly impact on the day performance. So whether you’re an audio, visual, or kinesthetic learner here are our top 10 FRCS Tr & Orth Resources (complete with links to the cheapest places to buy) to boost your revision and maximise your chances of success in the exam.


Miller’s Review of Orthopaedics has long been considered the go-to certification and recertification review guide and the review tool that provides you with maximum knowledge in the least amount of time, keeping you up to date with the latest medical advances and helping you improve the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of your practice.

It’s even what we base our own course on!

A self proclaimed ‘survival guide’ for the orthopaedic trainee come consultant working in accident and emergency or orthopaedic departments. Retaining the underlying principles of the original editions this comprehensive rewrite and re-presentation provides complete coverage of orthopaedic trauma surgery as relevant to modern practice.

We particularly like the simple 1-2 line explanations of even the most complex trauma principles.

Long considered one of the world’s leading textbooks of orthopaedic surgery. Relied upon by generations of orthopaedic trainees the book remains true to the teaching principles of the late Alan Apley and his successor Professor Louis Solomon. The latest edition is fully revised and updated but retains the familiar ‘Apley’ philosophy and structure, with a back to basics approaching working from first principles.

Simple. To the point. Entirely exam orientated.

Recently updated to include invaluable insights into tactics and planning, for candidates to sharpen exam skills, and gain confidence. We particularly like the new basic science section and the “drawing chapter” which walks candidates through exam ready illustrations of common orthopaedic principles.

Written by a number of our most experienced OCORC lecturers FRCS Trauma and Orthopaedics Viva presents over 95 viva topics in-line with current clinical management guidelines, and exam hot topics.

With high-yield example answers the book is set out in a simple format where every viva topic is introduced by an initial clinical photograph, radiograph, or diagram. Sets of questions follow underneath with the suggested answers on the next page. We like that this allows the reader to work in pairs, groups, or on their own.

Following on from above, with another staple in the Oxford Higher Specialty Training series: Trauma for the FRCS (Tr+Orth) Examination is a dedicated revision resource for trauma that provides candidates with high quality self-assessment in order to maximise exam success.

We particularly like the mix of question types with 100 Single Best Answer Questions, over 70 Extended Matching Questions, and 70 Vivas – all with worked explanations and answers. 

A real back to basics in orthopaedic sciences to give you the change to really nail down those fundamental orthopaedic principles which are routinely tested in the FRCS exam

We particularly like the fact that whilst its emphasis is on revision, the book contains enough information to serve as a concise all-in-one textbook.

An essential consideration for any new consultant. Although designed to support surgeons acting as expert witnesses it serves as a useful resource collating data on treatment, results, and complications from the relevant medical literature and review articles.

Emerging from the prestigious orthopaedic institutions of Stanmore and the Royal London Hospitals, this definitive and practical guide to musculoskeletal trauma surgery places emphasis on the techniques employed and the reasoning behind them. Written with the needs of trainees in orthopaedic surgery in mind, this comprehensive book systematically covers all aspects of trauma of the upper limb, lower limb, and spine, with separate sections on paediatric trauma.

A book you no doubt all already have but still a classic and an essential.

The Oxford Handbook of Orthopaedics and Trauma offers all those with an interest in the field the practical and up-to-date information needed for clinical practice. It presents the essentials of orthopaedics and trauma in a concise and user-friendly style for use with patients, in the operating room, and when teaching.

We recommend the easy to replicate anatomy and surgery diagrams as well as the succinct tables of common drugs in orthopaedics.