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GSSE Questions

GSSE Questions

Who’s confident with the anatomy of the thyroid gland? DM your answers to find out the correct response! As Type X Questions make up the majority of your Generic Surgical Sciences Exam we have ensured that the Primary Anatomy Question Bank has a huge distribution of...

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GSSE Spot Test Illustrations

GSSE Spot Test Illustrations

With the recent release of our GSSE Anatomy Atlas we are very excited to announce that a whole new set of images are already on their way! All our illustrations and Spot Tests are carefully derived from the key images in Rohen’s Atlas to ensure you are well prepared...

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GSSE Exam – Feb 2021

GSSE Exam – Feb 2021

Good luck to all of you sitting the Generic Surgical Science Exam tomorrow! Remember you have put in the hard work and this hurdle will all be behind you in a few days’ time, so make it count. Be sensible, stay calm and make sure to put an answer down for every...

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ENT Surgery

ENT Surgery

Isn’t this an incredible image, putting the minuscule size of the stapes into an appreciable scale! The intricacy and finely tuned biomechanics of the auditory system is so impressive, and the attraction of becoming an ENT surgeon is highly understandable! Cochlear...

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Digital Replantation

Digital Replantation

Drawing on the incredible depth of experience and expertise of Prof. Wayne Morrison this is a fantastic review article on digital replantation, with techniques and tricks to its success. Prof Morrison is one of the eminent Australian plastics and hand surgeons who...

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GSSE 2021!

GSSE 2021!

The beginning of the new clinical year is a great time to be set your intentions, commit to taking the GSSE and implementing a study plan! Sign up today to give yourself ample time to cover all of the exam content and make full use of the entire Primary Anatomy...

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GSSE Anatomy Atlas

GSSE Anatomy Atlas

The Primary Anatomy Atlas has arrived! We are immensely excited to announce the release of our very own anatomy atlas! Modelled exclusively on the dissections in Rohens, the PA atlas has been executed in a manner geared towards rapid recall and recognition, optimising...

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Good luck tomorrow!

Good luck tomorrow!

To all of you sitting the GSSE tomorrow – Good Luck! Stay calm, stay confident, keep track of the time and don’t leave any question un-answered!

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GSSE – One week to go!

GSSE – One week to go!

For those of you sitting the GSSE in one weeks’ time we want to wish you the best of luck! At this point, make sure you are focusing your revision on the anatomical regions of highest yield – Head & Neck, Abdomen, Upper & Lower Limb as these will make up the...

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GSSE 2020 Countdown

GSSE 2020 Countdown

Only 2 weeks to go until the November GSSE exam! Keep focused, keep motivated, not long to go before this is all behind you - so make it count! Focus on those areas of highest yield and make sure to familiarise yourself with the exam format and timing. We want you...

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Andreas Vesalius – Founder of modern human anatomy

Andreas Vesalius – Founder of modern human anatomy

Happy World Anatomy Day! – the 15th of October commemorates the death of Andreas Vesalius (1514 - 1564) – considered to be the founder of modern human anatomy. His works revolutionised our understanding of the human body, breaking many of the misconceptions that had...

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GSSE Question Type A – The Latissimus Dorsi

GSSE Question Type A – The Latissimus Dorsi

This fortnights quiz is all about the anatomy of the back and spine, so we thought we would get you started with a nice and straight forward single best answer! Given its versatility as the largest single pedicle flap a good understanding of the innervation and blood...

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Anatomy of the Larynx

Anatomy of the Larynx

The larynx is such an incredible piece of anatomy! Many pieces of cartilage and many intricate muscles all contributing to our ability to phonate and communicate. A good understanding of its anatomy is also imperative to the surgical airway. Don’t fear, you will all...

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Plan your GSSE Study

Plan your GSSE Study

The Primary Anatomy quizzes have been designed to complement our GSSE study plan, working through each anatomical region per fortnight with a final quiz which covers all anatomical regions! For those who are unsure where to begin our structured timetable will provide...

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Cerebral Angiography

Cerebral Angiography

Cerebral angiography was pioneered by the Portuguese neurologist Egas Moniz in 1927 and has since continued to evolve to be the essential imaging for cerebrovascular pathology, frequently yielding more telling diagnostic images than conventional MRI or CT scans. With...

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Glioblastoma Multiforme

Glioblastoma Multiforme

An essential paper for all future Neurosurgeons! This article by Lacroix M, et al. remains one of the most cited articles in the field of neurosurgery, outlining the survival benefits of obtaining a near complete resection (>98%) in patients suffering from GBM,...

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The 3D Exoscope

The 3D Exoscope

The future of surgery is here – meet the 3D Exoscope! A microsurgical scope with no loupes, no eyepieces, and free-handed instruments which are motion sensitive. Its high-resolution camera is voice activated and can track the instruments to maintain the visual field....

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Head & neck GSSE practice question

Head & neck GSSE practice question

Given that our next fortnightly quiz will be covering head and neck anatomy we thought we’d get you started with a question on the deep cervical fascia of the neck, more specifically the carotid sheath! Head & Neck comprises the largest section of the anatomy exam...

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Preparation for your surgical sciences exam

Preparation for your surgical sciences exam

A great way to prepare for your surgical sciences exam is by working your way through the anatomical regions in Last’s and Rohens, complimenting this with Primary Anatomy’s flashcard set and practice questions. Preparing to sit the GSSE is no easy task and takes...

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Radical prostatectomy versus watchful waiting

This article by Bill-Axelson et al, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, remains one of the most cited articles in the field of urology and is an excellent example of a well conducted RCT - Helping to establish strong evidence around the complex decision...

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Sponsorship of the Women in Surgery (WIS) Symposium

Sponsorship of the Women in Surgery (WIS) Symposium

Primary Anatomy is immensely proud to announce our sponsorship of this year’s Women in Surgery (WIS) Symposium run by the University of Western Australia Surgical Society! The Women in Surgery division of the UWASS is a student-led, not-for-profit organisation that...

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GSSE flashcard set!

GSSE flashcard set!

Membership to Primary Anatomy now includes a huge GSSE flashcard set! Created directly from the RACS syllabus and prescribed text (Lasts Anatomy 9th Edition) our extensive 7,000+ flashcard set has been designed to help study on the go, giving bite-sized information fast.

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Father of modern total hip arthroplasty

Father of modern total hip arthroplasty

There are some names in surgery that you need to know – Sir John Charnley is one of them. Most widely known as the father of modern total hip arthroplasty, his contributions and inventions to the field of orthopaedics are extraordinary! Prof Charnley pioneered the first total hip replacement surgery, turning his own custom stems in his workshop.

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GSSE Question Type A

GSSE Question Type A

Single Best Answer. Type A questions consist of a stem and require selection of the ‘most appropriate’ response. The challenge here is that all the distractors may be correct, however one is a ‘better’ answer than the rest. So, make sure to read all the options!

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Total Hip replacement – Anterior Approach

Total Hip replacement – Anterior Approach

The direct anterior approach for THR was first popularised at the beginning of the 20th century and over the last decade has come back into vogue with the move towards minimally invasive techniques and the push for early recovery after surgery.

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Upper Limb Anatomy

Upper Limb Anatomy

This fortnights quiz is on Upper Limb anatomy! We hope you’re all studying hard and working your way through our flashcards and question bank.

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Over 7,000 GSSE Anatomy Flashcards

Called down to theatre to assist with a cervical node clearance? Or on your new rotation and about to start a TKR with Prof? A quick revision of your anatomy might come in handy…!

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