Mahaluxmivala-Sherman FRCS (Orth) Viva Course for Orthopaedic Surgeons
(Formerly the Royal College of Surgeons of England Course)

30th and 31st March 2020

Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London, Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6BQ

Course Directors

Mr Kevin Sherman MA, PhD, FRCS
Mr Jehangir Mahaluxmivala MS, MSc, FRCS (Tr&Orth)


This interactive two-day course focuses on preparing delegates for the viva (oral) component of the FRCS (Orth) in a friendly atmosphere. Delegates will work through a range of techniques to improve both oral skills and orthopaedic clinical examination skills.

Course Content

The course will cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Introduction to the FRCS (Orth) examination
  • Negotiating the requirements of the course
  • Clinical examination session – history taking
  • Introduction to positive critiquing

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the structure of the FRCS (Orth) exam
  • Explore a range of presented orthopaedic scenarios required for the FRCS (Orth) exam
  • Present orthopaedic knowledge in a logical and systematic way
  • Confidently demonstrate knowledge and understanding in an oral exam setting
  • Understand the use of positive critiquing
  • Recognise one's strongest areas of orthopaedic knowledge and identify the knowledge and techniques that require further development
  • Use the new skills in a workplace setting, benefitting day-to-day practice


This fully interactive course combines practice oral exams with clinical examination skills on simulated patients. There will also be small group discussions.

Target Audience

This course is suitable for:
ST5-8 preparing for the oral FRCS (Orth) Examination
Clinical Fellows
Speciality Doctors
Candidates preparing for the Joint Surgical Commission Fellowship Examination (JSCFE)

The main audience for this course is candidates who are sitting the oral section of the examination imminently. However, it will also benefit those candidates who are beginning to prepare for the examination irrespective of passing the written section. This group will gain invaluable teaching and insight into the depth of knowledge needed as well as how to prepare for the examination over the coming months

Permanent Faculty

Mr Ravi Dimri, MS, FRCS (Orth)
Mr Nirav Shah, MS, MCh, MSc, FRCS (Tr&Orth)
Mr Suresh Chandrashekar, MS, FRCS (Orth)

Quick Information
Dear Colleague,

At this time of a pandemic, our primary obligation and responsibility is towards the wellbeing of all individuals in our society, particularly our patients. The health and wellbeing of all healthcare professionals, from medical students to junior doctors to consultants, should not be compromised or taken for granted.

In line the Prime Minister's statement issued on Monday 16th March 2020, which has called for a reduction in non-essential travel and an increase in social distancing amongst individuals across the country, this event will not go ahead on 30th and 31st March 2020 and has been deferred to a future date.

On behalf of the organisers, we sincerely apologise for the disappointment and inconvenience that this might cause. As I am sure you can appreciate, the situation is completely unprecedented and unforeseen. We are reviewing the situation on a daily basis, in line with the Colleges, the hospitals, the WHO, and guidelines issued by the UK Government. Once the situation has settled, we will be able to provide the date of the rescheduled event.

The above measure has been put in place in order to prioritise the health and wellbeing of all concerned.

Thank you for your kind understanding in this regard.

Our thoughts are with our delegates and faculty as they strive to protect the nation at this challenging time.

We wish you good health in this difficult and challenging period.
Date 30th and 31st March 2020
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Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London, Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6BQ
Course Fee £ 220.00
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 20
Dress code Semi Professional/Casual
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