Cardiff MRCS OSCE course: Applied Surgical Sciences and Critical Care

19th September 2019

School of Biosciences, Cardiff University


In the MRCS OSCE exam, the surgical trainees are expected to have a good working knowledge of general physiological principles, core knowledge of the physiology of specific systems and an understanding of their application in surgical practice. This intensive one-day revision course will provide the candidates with an overview of basic physiological principles, and the physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, endocrine, gastrointestinal and the central nervous systems. The course will be delivered using a series of interactive lectures with OSCE focus and OSCE scenarios. All major areas as stipulated in the MRCS Part B syllabus will be covered.

Topics covered

General physiological principles:
  • 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
Cardiovascular system:
  • Cardiac pressure cycle
  • Control of cardiac output
  • Blood pressure and its control mechanisms
  • Ionotropes
  • Surgical in patients with cardiovascular pathologies
Respiratory system:
  • 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
Endocrine system:
  • Thyroid hormones, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism
  • Parathyroid hormones, their disorders and calcium metabolism
  • Glucose homeostasis and diabetes
  • Function of the pituitary and adrenal glands
  • Erythropoietin
Renal system:
  • Renal autoregulation
  • Renin-angiotensin system
  • Types and management of renal failure
Central nervous system:
  • Cerebral autoregulation
  • Space-occupying lesions
  • Head Injuries and management
Gastrointestinal system:
  • Gut hormones
  • Pancreatic function
  • Peristalsis and ileus
  • Assessment, pathophysiology and principles of management
Management of patients undergoing surgery:
  • Principles of Epidural Anaesthesia/Assessment
  • Pain pathways
  • Resuscitation, Temperature Regulation and Hypothermia
Management of trauma

Surgical Microbiology

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Dates 19th September 2019
23rd January 2020
16th April 2020
10th September 2020
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School of Biosciences, Cardiff University
Course Fee £ 190.00
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 25
Dress code Professional/Semi-formal
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