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Exam Resources 


Welcome to our exams section. Here we have compiled a number of resources trainees have found useful for the MCAI, FCAI and a number of optional exams that you may sit during training. We hope this helps a little with your initial preparation for exams!





Pharamacology for Anaesthesia and Intensive Care - Peck, Hill **Essential**

Basic Physics and Measurement - Kenny

Essentials of Anaesthetic Equipment - Al-Shaikh **Essential**

Respiratory Physiology - West

The Objective Structured Clinical Examination in Anaesthesia: Practice Papers for Teachers and Trainees - Mendonca, Balasubramanian

The Physiology VIVA- Kerry Brandis (Australian book, need to order online **Highly Recommended**

Dr Podcast Scripts for the Primary FRCA – Leslie, Johnson

Q Base Anaesthesia Series – for MCQs



Question banks




Revision Courses

College of Anaesthestists of Ireland - 




General Books

BMJ Education (formerly CEACCP) - **ESSENTIAL**


Dr Podcast Scripts for the Final FRCA – Leslie, Johnson


Physics, Pharmacology and Physiology for Anaesthetists: Key Concepts for the FRCA - Cross, Plunkett



MCQs for the Final FRCA – Henderson


Q Base Anaesthesia Series


SAQ's for the Final FRCA – Shorthouse **Highly Recommended**


Short Answer Questions in Anaesthesia -  Bricker


SBA and MCQ's for the Final FRCA Rakesh Tandon - Oxford Specialty Training


VIVA Books

Clinical Anaesthesia Viva Book – Barker **Highly Recommended**


The Anaesthesia Science VIVA Book – Bricker **Highly Recommended**

Structured Oral Examination in Clinical Anaesthesia: Practice Examination Papers - Mendonca

Websites - useful ICU resource - useful ICU resource - useful ICU resource

Question banks


Revision Courses





Information on the application process, exam dates and pre-requisites can be found on both the CAI and JFICMI Websites. The syllabus and a number of past papers can also be found in these locations. 


General Books

Oh's Intensive Care Manual


Evidence Based Practice of Critical Care, Pat Neligan


Handbook of ICU Therapy, Ian McConachie


MCQ Books


Critical Care MCQs, a companion for Intensive Care exams, Steven Lobaz


MCQs in Intensive Care Medicine, Steve Benington



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General information regarding application, format and requirements for the exam can be found on the ESRA website at: 

The syllabus, recommended readings and some sample questions can also be found on this site.






MCQ Book

Sehmbi H, Jitendra J: MCQs in Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (Masterpass) 1st Edition


Recommended texts from the EDRA website:

Admir Hadzic: Textbook of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management: 2007 Mc Graw-Hill Companies, Inc. ISBN 978-0-07-144906-9


Brendan T. Finucane: Complications of Regional Anesthesia: Second Edition, 2007 Springer Science + Business Media, LLC, ISBN 978-0-387-37559-5


Steven D. Waldman: Pain Management, Vol I+ II, 2007 Saunders Elsevier, Philadelphia, ISBN 978-0-7216-0334-6


John L. Atlee: Complications in Anesthesia, 2nd Edition. 2007 Saunders Elsevier, Philadelphia, ISBN 978-1-4160-2215-2


Joseph M. Neal, James P. Rathmell: Complications in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, 2007 Saunders Elsevier, Philadelphia, ISBN 978-1-4160-2392-0


Harvey Motulsky: Intuitive Biostatics: 1995 Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508607-4


Andrew D. Bersten, Neil Soni: Oh’s Intensive Care Manual: 5th Edition, 2003 Butterworth/Heinemann an imprint of Elsevier Science, ISBN 0-7506-5184-9


P. Prithvi Raj: Pain Medicine, A comprehensive Review: 1996 Mosby-Year Book Inc., ISBN 0-8016-7998-2


P.H. Abrahams, S.C. Marks Jr, R.T. Hutchings: McMinn’s Color Atlas of Human Anatomy: 2003 Mosby an Imprint of Elsevier Science, ISBN 0-7234-3212-0


Gosling, Harris, Whitmore, Willan: Human Anatomy, Color Atlas and Text: Fourth Edition, 2002 Mosby an imprint of Elsevier Science Ltd. ISBN 0-7234-3195-7


Walter F. Boron, Emile L. Boulpaep: Medical Physiology: 2003, Saunders an Imprint of Elsevier Science, ISBN 0-7216-3256-4


Boezaart André: Anesthesia and Orthopaedic Surgery, 2006 by McGraw-Hill Companies, ISBN 0-07-