the orthopedic theory examination book

Orthopedic surgery is a fast developing specialty and is attracting a large number of highly skilled residents. Concepts which we learn today will change over time and soon become something of the past. Hence daily updating and lifelong learning has become an integral part of the life of Orthopedic surgeons.

Orthopedic learning includes attaining theory knowledge, mastering the art of clinical examination and learning surgical skills. Theory knowledge is evaluated by answering written questions. Students find it difficult to answer the theory questions point by point in a short time.

In this scenario Conceptual Orthopedics has launched a book  ‘The Orthopedic Theory Examination.’ This book will help students to face the theory examination confidently.

I sincerely hope that this book will be of great help to the examination going students.

Prof Dr. Gopa Kumar T S
Faculty Conceptual Orthopedics

Orthopedics is a very alive and dynamic field with newer concepts of patient management being discovered every day and older concepts being revisited constantly. 
It’s not possible to stay abreast with all the new concepts for an orthopedics student. The first aim of this book is to help students achieve this goal.

Secondly, passing any exam is the first step towards success in the long career of any student and theory exam is a part of most of the orthopaedic exams. This book aims to teach the students how to answer their exam questions in a brief and concise manner.

As the great Morpheus had once said to Neo – ‘I can only show you the path but you are the one who has to walk through it.’ So we, your faculty at Conceptual Orthopedics is here to guide you but the real success will come only with your hard work and perseverance. 

So work hard and success will surely be yours. All the very best

Dr. Harpreet Singh
Co Academic Director Conceptual Orthopedics


The purpose of this book is to provide a quick revision for the exam going students. A resident gains knowledge about orthopedic conditions during their residency from both reading as well as practical exposure. Regular reading and understanding are a must for all residents throughout their short period of training. However, as a post graduate, his/her primary aim is to acquire a degree with which gives them the license to practice orthopedics. Theory examinations in our country are the initial mode of assessment of the student’s knowledge and one can be asked about the basics up to the recent advances in orthopedics. Great emphasis in hospital care and patient managements have been witnessed in recent year papers.

Last minute revision is the key to success in any theory exam. This helps the student to compile and consolidate whatever they have seen, read and reproduced during their residency into well-formed systematic answers in their exams. This book is being delivered to our precious students to fulfil this.

The book has to be approached keeping the following in mind-

  1. This book is mainly to help you in the last 3 months prior to your exams.
  2. The basic trick to clear your theory is to know something about everything, let it be the appearance of a tumour steps of 3D printing or even difference between an intramedullary and an extramedullary device. The remaining one can be built upon and this completes 75% of your answer.
  3. Look into diagrams, flowcharts, bullets before going into in depth reading of a topic. These give you higher scoring.
  4. This book comprises all the theory questions asked in the previous 7 years of major Universities and Boards. Considering the fact that repeat questions are not to be missed, this book would help the exam going resident.
  5. Attempt to identify any probable recent advances question while reading through the notes, it might come as the next question in your paper 4.
  6. No examiner expects you to redraw the exact replica of a text book image on your paper but however this doesn’t give the liberty to you draw shabby images on your paper. The images that we have provided are line diagrams which is more of a 2D representation so that the student can grasp and also replicate easily.
  7. DO NOT LEAVE ANY QUESTION UNATTEMPTED. Remember leaving one question gives you a 10 percent chance of failing in your exams. Considering the fact that no examiner gives you full marks for your answers, this probability increases again.
  8. This book has basically paper 1,2 and 4. We have already provided paper 3- trauma as a separate book. Revise respective papers only on the day prior to that particular paper.
  9. NEVER GIVE UP. Your first paper going bad doesn’t mean that others also might go wrong. Do not quit after one or two initial bad papers. Give all your exams at one go. Let the results be decided later.
  10. Keep this book with you throughout your residency. Add information onto this. Let this be your actual bible in regards to passing your exams. Whatever references you have to add it to this.

All the very best to the budding enthusiastic orthopedic surgeons.

Dr Naufal Nahas.
Co Academic Director Conceptual Orthopedics

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