Cardiff MRCS OSCE course: Clinical and Procedural Skills

8th September 2021

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Cardiff, Frazer Building, 126 Bute Street, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 5LE


In the Intercollegiate MRCS OSCE Exam, the ‘Clinical and Procedural Skills’ component, making up about 15-20% of the total marks, will test the candidate’s capacity to apply sound basic science/clinical knowledge in a practical context. The candidate’s ability to perform practical tasks related to surgery that requires manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination and visual/spatial awareness will be assessed. In addition, it will also test aspects such as capacity, consent, theatre safety, WHO checklist and principles of safe surgery. This intensive hands-on practical skills course will take the candidate through all the procedures that have been examined in the recent years, allows practice in realistic exam conditions and will provide structured feedback for further development. Candidates will be provided with their scores and will have the opportunity to discuss specific practical aspects with the examiners and recent successful candidates.


  • Practical course with a high tutor-to-participant ratio
  • Hands-on sessions with scenarios simulating the real exam Individual feedback and scores
Examples of topics to be covered include:
  • Surgical scrubbing
  • Safe use of local anaesthesia
  • Suturing techniques
  • Knots and tying at depth
  • Surgical excision of a cutaneous lesion
  • Urinary catheterisation
  • Consent and Capacity
  • Cannulation and venepuncture of high-risk patients
  • Epidural technique
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Organising a theatre list
  • Appropriate radiology requesting
  • Discharge letter
  • Transfer documentation
  • Performing an FNA
  • Insertion of a chest drain
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Date 8th September 2021
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College of Physicians and Surgeons of Cardiff, Frazer Building, 126 Bute Street, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 5LE
Course Fee £ 185.00
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 Professional/Semi-formal
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