Cardiff MRCS OSCE Course: Five-Day Preparatory Course for MRCS OSCE

10th - 14th April 2024

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Cardiff, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff

School of Biosciences, Cardiff University



About

This five-day preparatory course will provide the attendee with a thorough understanding of the topics on which to focus and the areas to prepare for the MRCS OSCE. The course will be delivered through a robust method of small group teaching, individual OSCEs and interactive discussions, all of which aim to guide the attendee to prepare for each component of the exam (all stations will be covered during the five days). This course is suitable for those who have recently started their revision but are not fully prepared for the exam. It is structured for those who are sitting the exam four to six weeks later or those who wish to gain an understanding of the revision topics and techniques for the MRCS OSCE that they intend to sit in 3 to 4 months’ time.

Day 1 and Day 2 will focus on the knowledge component of the exam, with emphasis placed on anatomy and pathology but also consideration of related microbiology and applied surgical sciences (physiology). Day 3 will be divided into a morning session that covers clinical and procedural skills and an afternoon session that covers additional applied surgical sciences and critical care stations. Day 4 will consist of small group teaching using anatomical prosections, relevant pathological specimens, and osteology. A mock OSCE will take place during the afternoon. Day 5 will consist of clinical examination stations in the morning and communication skills stations in the afternoon.

The programme and the teaching sessions will reflect any changes introduced to the exam due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reviews

It was very good. It was a really useful overview and a way to consolidate knowledge whilst identifying areas for further learning in the run up to the exam.

AS
University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomyand Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
26th and 27th April 2019, Cardiff

It was very good, and I enjoyed it. It was a very intense, but useful, course. I will recommend it.

RS
John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
26th and 27th April 2019, Cardiff

It was a really useful overview and a way to consolidate knowledge whilst identifying areas for further learning in the run up to the exam.

AS
University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
26thand 27th April 2019, Cardiff

This was an outstanding course, with professional standards and knowledgeable faculty.

KV
Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
26th and 27th April 2019, Cardiff

I would highly recommend it.

EC
St Helier Hospital, Carshalton, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
18th and 19th January 2019, Cardiff

An incredible anatomy course. It was as good as I was told by my colleagues. I would highly recommend it to everyone.

PR
Frimley Park Hospital, Frimley, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
18th and 19th January 2019, Cardiff

Exceptional course. Ran like clockwork. I got a lot out of it.

KC
John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
21 stand 22ndSeptember 2018, Cardiff

Fantastic course, great faculty, very efficient, and relevant to the exam. Improved my knowledge significantly.

SH
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
21 st and 22 nd September 2018, Cardiff

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The two days were very well spent in terms of course content, style and clarity of delivery. I will certainly recommend this course.

OK
Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Doncaster, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
13 th and 14 th April 2018, Cardiff

A specific mention to Mr Ronak Ved and Ms Maria Popescu who were excellent tutors.

RC
Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
26th and 27thJanuary 2018, Cardiff

Very impressed. Phenomenal organisation, good pace, and covered a vast amount. Thank you very much.

KP
Maidstone Hospital, Maidstone, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
26th and 27thJanuary 2018, Cardiff

Great course. The mock OSCE was excellent.

DS
Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
26thand 27thJanuary 2018, Cardiff

Very enthusiastic and learned tutors. It has increased my confidence and knowledge of anatomy.

DO
Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
8thand 9thSeptember 2017, Cardiff

It was the best anatomy demonstration course I have ever attended. Great knowledge displayed by the tutors.

JR
University Hospital, Coventry, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
8thand 9thSeptember 2017, Cardiff

Fantastic course. The anatomy was out of this world. If I pass, I know it will be because of this course.

YA
John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
8thand 9thSeptember 2017, Cardiff

Excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience with cadaveric specimens.

TH
Royal London Hospital, London, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
8thand 9thSeptember 2017, Cardiff

There was a lot of information to take in, but it was delivered at an appropriate speed. The prosections were very useful, and the course ran very smoothly.

MK
Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
8thand 9thSeptember 2017, Cardiff

Probably the best anatomy revision course available for MRCS OSCE candidates in the UK.

MK
Berezino District Hospital, Belarus
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
21stand 22ndApril 2017, Cardiff

The teaching was mostly focused on how to go through the stations, which was very good. I feel a lot more confident after having attended the course.

IP
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
21st and 22nd April 2017, Cardiff

The demonstrations were fantastic.

JH
St George's Hospital, London, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
20th and 21st January 2017, Cardiff

The focus was to make sure we had the knowledge to ace the exam. I got what I paid for and much more!

OF
Royal Brompton Hospital, London, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
20th and 21st January 2017, Cardiff

Excellent course with enthusiastic teachers. Intense but well-structured, with maximum time spent in the dissection room.

RW
Great Western Hospital, Swindon, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
20th and 21st January 2017, Cardiff

A very useful course. The OSCE practice was particularly helpful.

RS
Kettering General Hospital, Kettering, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
2ndand 3rdSeptember 2016, Cardiff

Amazing faculty and very good deliverance of knowledge.

AA
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
2ndand 3rdSeptember 2016, Cardiff

An excellent course with very understanding faculty.

RK
Vydehi Hospital, Bangalore, India
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
15thand 16thApril 2016, Cardiff

Excellent teaching with prosections. The mock OSCE gave me a good idea of how I cope under pressure, as well as my areas of weakness.

SD
North Manchester General Hospital, Manchester, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
15thand 16thApril 2016, Cardiff

Absolutely excellent course with great exposure to specimens.

KS
University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
15thand 16th April 2016, Cardiff

An excellent course. Great pre-reading material and fantastic faculty. I would definitely recommend to others. It will most certainly have improved my anatomy significantly for the MRCS Part B exam.

KE
Victoria Barracks, Windsor, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
15th and 16th April 2016, Cardiff

The course was good and provided excellent value for money. I will definitely recommend it to my friends.

AS
King's College Hospital, London, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
15th and 16th April 2016, Cardiff

Absolutely invaluable course. I had high expectations based on the views of previous candidates, but itfar surpassed these.

NB
University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
22nd and 23rd January 2016, Cardiff

I have attempted the Part B twice and have attended several courses. This course is the best I have been to. I wish I had done it before. I would recommend to any candidate.

JT
University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
22nd and 23rd January 2016, Cardiff

All tutors were clear and concise. Remarkable faculty.

MN
University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
22nd and 23rdJanuary 2016, Cardiff

Excellent and friendly faculty. The mock OSCE was extremely valuable in allowing me to consolidate the knowledge I gained throughout the course. The feedback gave a much-needed boost of confidence.

RK
Royal Preston Hospital, Preston, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
22ndand 23rd January 2016, Cardiff

A well-organised and useful course.

AE
Emirates French Hospital, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
18th and 19th September 2015, Cardiff

The trip was worth it.

OA
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, London, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
18th and 19thSeptember 2015, Cardiff

Very enthusiastic tutors who were patient and willing to provide clarification on topics. They provided such a high standard of teaching.

HP
Royal Bolton Hospital, Bolton, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
18th and 19th September 2015, Cardiff

A well-run course that did exactly what was expected and needed. Perfect valuefor money.

DM
University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
17th and 18th April 2015, Cardiff

An excellent course. I feel much more confident about the exam in general and on which areas to work during the last few weeks. Really approachable faculty. I would highly recommend this course to anyone sitting the Part B who is worried about anatomy. Thank you!

OM
University College Hospital, London, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
17th and 18th April 2015, Cardiff

Faultless.

JM
John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
16th and 17th January 2015, Cardiff

The best course out there.

RT
Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
25th and 26th April 2014, Cardiff

I would advise this as a "must" to all future candidates applying for the Part B exam.

BS
Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
25th and 26th April 2014, Cardiff

Excellent range of topics covered in a comprehensive format. The mock OSCE was a great opportunity to test our knowledge in the format of the exam.

TC
University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
25th and 26th April 2014, Cardiff

Great to have stations covering ALL topics, with equal time on each and tutors who specialise in those specific areas. The quality of the stations and tutors was excellent.

DL
Warrington Hospital, Warrington, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
17th and 18th January 2014, Cardiff

Excellent course with tutors of very high calibre.

ST
Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology Course for MRCS OSCE
17th and 18th January 2014, Cardiff

Topics Covered:

Anatomy:

  • Brachial plexus
  • Upper limb nerve injuries
  • Shoulder and back
  • Arm, ante-cubital fossa and forearm
  • Wrist and hand
  • Skull base, foramina and cranial nerves
  • Circle of Willis
  • Dural venous sinuses
  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Face, mandible and parotid gland
  • Pterygopalatine and infratemporal fossa
  • Neck, larynx and pharynx
  • Thorax and mediastinum
  • Heart and lung
  • Diaphragm
  • Anterior abdominal wall, inguinal region and external genitalia
  • Peritoneum, lesser sac, epiploic foramen and greater sac
  • Liver and spleen, and their ligaments
  • Gall bladder and pancreas
  • Kidneys and ureter
  • Small and large intestine
  • Rectum, anal canal, pelvic floor and perineum
  • Perineal fascia
  • Hemipelvis
  • Ligaments of the hip
  • Femoral triangle
  • Gluteal region
  • Adductor canal
  • Popliteal fossa
  • Lower leg, compartments, ankle and foot
  • Lower limb nerve injuries
  • Vascular anatomy of the neck, abdomen, and upper and lower limbs

Pathology and Microbiology:

  • Basic pathology
  • System-specific pathology
  • Pathology definitions
  • Tumour markers and metastasis
  • Cancers of the testis
  • Cancers of the thyroid
  • Malignant melanoma
  • Cutaneous malignancies
  • Colorectal malignancies
  • Cancers of the breast
  • Cancers of the salivary glands
  • Barrett’s and cancers of the oesophagus
  • Cancer of the stomach
  • Carcinoid tumour
  • MEN syndromes
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Vascular pathologies
  • Diverticular disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Surgical microbiology
  • Necrotising fasciitis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Clostridium difficile infection

Applied Surgical Sciences and Critical Care Physiology:

  • Acid-base imbalance (metabolic and respiratory acidosis/alkalosis) and their management
  • Fluid balance and fluid replacement therapy
  • Bleeding and coagulation
  • Management of sepsis and septic shock
  • Homeostasis and thermoregulation
  • Ionotropes
  • Normal ventilatory cycle
  • Causes and management of post-operative respiratory failure
  • Intermittent positive pressure ventilation
  • Acute (adult) respiratory distress syndrome
  • Applied critical care physiology during the peri-operative period
  • Thyroid hormones, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism
  • Parathyroid hormones, their disorders and calcium metabolism
  • Function of the pituitary and adrenal glands
  • Renal autoregulation
  • Renin-angiotensin system
  • Cerebral autoregulation
  • Space-occupying lesions
  • Head injuries and management
  • Assessment, pathophysiology and principles of management of burns
  • Principles of epidural anaesthesia/assessment
  • Pain pathways
  • Resuscitation, temperature regulation and hypothermia
  • Principles in the management of long bone fractures and pelvic trauma
  • Patellar fractures
  • Management of fracture neck of femur
  • Compartment syndrome

Clinical and Procedural Skills:

  • Surgical scrubbing
  • Safe use of local anaesthesia
  • Knot tying (Reef, Surgeon’s, tying at depth, instrument tie)
  • Suturing techniques (simple, mattress, continuous, subcuticular)
  • Figure of ‘8’ haemostatic stitch
  • Surgical excision of a cutaneous lesion
  • Urinary catheterisation
  • Cannulation and venepuncture of high-risk patients
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Performing an FNA
  • Insertion of a chest drain
  • Organising a theatre list and theatre list prioritisation

Clinical Examination Topics:

  • Examination of the abdomen and abdominal organs
  • Examination of hernia
  • Examination of varicose veins and leg ulcers
  • Examination of peripheral vascular disease
  • Examination of lumps and lymph nodes
  • Examination of cranial nerves
  • Examination of cardiorespiratory system
  • Examination of the hip, knee
  • Examination of the shoulder and back
  • Examination of the neck and thyroid

Clinical Consultation Skills:

  • Information giving and information gathering
  • Challenging situation/patient
  • Difficult consultation
  • Breaking bad news
  • Explaining a diagnosis or discussing management options
  • Consent in surgery
  • Telephone communication

Quick Information
Places are currently available.
Dates 10th - 14th April 2024
24th - 28th April 2024
11th - 15th September 2024
25th - 29th September 2024
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College of Physicians and Surgeons of Cardiff, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff

School of Biosciences, Cardiff University
Course Fee £875.00
Closing Date Places will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis and therefore we are unable to provide a precise closing date.
No of Places 36
Dress code Professional/Semi-formal
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