Cardiff MRCS Course (Walsall):
Anatomy, Pathology and Physiology for MRCS OSCE -

Intensive Revision Course for May 2020 Exam

1st May 2020

Academic Centre, Walsall Manor Hospital, Walsall


This one-day intensive revision course will cover the ‘knowledge component’ that makes up 160 marks (8 stations) in the MRCS OSCE. The course will cover the commonly tested and high-yield topics in anatomy, pathology, microbiology, physiology and critical care. The day is specifically intended for those who have completed a good amount of prior revision, but who wish to revise and consolidate all topics in the ‘knowledge component’ of the exam in oneday in preparation for the exam during the second and third weeks of May 2020. The day is calculated to be equivalent to 30 hours of individual revision.

The course will cover the following topics:


  • Brachial plexus and 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 and dural venous sinuses
  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Face, mandible and parotid gland
  • Neck, larynx and pharynx
  • Thorax, mediastinum, heart and lung
  • Diaphragm
  • Anterior abdominal wall, inguinal region and external genitalia
  • Peritoneum, lesser sac, epiploic foramen and greater sac
  • Small and large intestine
  • Rectum, anal canal, pelvic floor and perineum
  • 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
  • Colorectal malignancies
  • Cancer of the breast
  • Cancers of the salivary glands
  • Cutaneous malignancies
  • Carcinoid tumour
  • MEN syndromes
  • Vascular pathologies
  • Diverticular disease
  • Bacteria and antibiotics
  • Necrotising fasciitis
  • Tuberculosis

Physiology and Critical Care:

  • Management of lower limb trauma
  • Management of fracture neck of femur
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Management of head injuries
  • Flow of CSF and hydrocephalus
  • Acid-base balance, tetany, metabolic alkalosis, paradoxical aciduria
  • Calcium metabolism
  • Endocrine physiology
  • Renal physiology
  • Types and classes of shock
  • Management of burns
  • Wound management
  • Spinal cord lesions, cauda equina, conus medullaris syndrome

Teaching Format:

  • OSCE questions
  • OSCE discussion
  • Anatomy images
  • Data interpretation
  • Pathology reports
  • Slides and spotters

Quick Information
Places are currently available.
Date 1st May 2020
Time 0830-1830 hours
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Academic Centre, Walsall Manor Hospital, Walsall
Course Fee £ 165.00
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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