Advanced Pain Resources



Tips for the FPM Exam



  • Format of the exam is generally very similar to the final FRCA especially the viva.




Sources of questions


  • Many of the primary and final MCQ papers have pain related questions that came up again in the pain MCQ.


  • A multitude of questions both for the written and viva, answers included here


  • Lots of multiple choice questions from the BJA.


  • Any pain related questions in books for the Primary and Final FRCA.



Other websites

  • Read all the relevant CEACCP articles. This is essential where many of my actual exam questions are derived from.

  • However, this is expensive! ($880) and includes just 33 lectures with no questions. It does however have some free material and lists some good links.



The books to be found most useful are:


Ed. Irene Tracey


  • The Phenomenon of Pain (2012)

Serge Marchand 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0-931092-91-6

(see IASP website)


  • Core curriculum for professional education in pain (2005)

3rd edition: J. Edmond Charlton (Task force on professional education)

ISBN-13: 978-0-931092-65-7

(see IASP website)


  • Pain – Its anatomy, physiology and treatment (2012)

Aage R. Møller

ISBN-13: 978-1466395107


  • AIDS to the examination of the peripheral nervous system (2010)

5th edition: Michael O’Brien

ISBN-13: 978-0702034473


  • Pain Medicine Manual (2003)

2nd edition: Simon J Dolin, Nicholas L Padfield (366 pages)

ISBN-13: 978-0750656177


3rd edition: MacIntyre, Scott, Schug, Visser, Walker (540 pages)

© Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists 2010

ISBN Print: 978-0-977517-4-4-2