Special Correspondent

“Question bank will help students perform better in examinations”

CHENNAI: A compact disc (CD) containing a bank of questions for orthopaedic surgeons was released at a function held at the Government Royapettah Hospital (GRH) here.

The question bank was prepared by the members of the Madras Orthopaedic Society, in which eminent orthopaedics in the city are members. “Usually in orthopaedic studies postgraduate students had to get books from former students. But having a question bank will help the students to perform better in examinations,” said P. Selvaraj, a member of the Society. “We have collected questions from various universities across the globe,” he added.

The question bank is divided into chapters. For example, traumatology and orthopaedics in rehabilitation, all of which are important for a surgeon, forms a separate chapter. There are also sub-classifications for fractures of each region of the body, such as fracture of the spine or the hand. The CD was the brainchild of the hospital’s Orthopaedics Department head N.O. Samson and was released at the meeting on Thursday by hospital superintendent K. Rajendran.

Members of the society said that the CD will also help teachers. “Orthopaedics examinations are difficult to clear and only 30 per cent pass,” Dr. Selvaraj said.

At every meeting, the members present difficult cases they come across. This month the meeting was held at the GRH because the hospital also treats many cases. Dr. Samson who was felicitated at the meeting said that more such CDs on educational programmes were in the offing.