Cardiff MRCS Course: Final Preparation Course for MRCS OSCE (Includes Anatomy, Pathology, Critical Care; Procedural, Examination and Communication Skills)

3rd and 4th October 2020

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


This two-day intensive course is specifically designed for candidates appearing for the MRCS exam in October 2020. The course is suitable for candidates who have done adequate prior revision and wish to brush-up on the whole exam syllabus, distributed within the 18 stations (13 stations for the October sitting of the exam), in two days. The course will involve a series of short interactive sessions and focused discussion, highlighting the 'must-know' areas. Candidates will be taken through the 'high-yield' core topics in Applied Basic Sciences and Clinical Knowledge and its application, and they will be provided guidance on the clinical examination and communication skills components of the exam. There will be an opportunity to practice the commonly-tested procedural skills.

This two-day course is calculated to be worth a minimum of 60 hours of individual revision.

This attendance course is delivered to a small group of delegates and complies with the Health Authority and Government guidelines for social distancing and other appropriate measures.

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
  • Local anaesthesia
  • Calcium metabolism
  • Endocrine physiology
  • Renal physiology
  • Types and classes of shock
  • Management of burns
  • Wound management
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Spinal cord lesions, cauda equina, conus medullaris syndrome
Procedural Skills:
  • Suturing techniques, sutures and needles
  • Excision of a lesion
  • Knot-tying (reef, surgical, instrument tie)
Discussion of Examination and Communication Skills:
  • Varicose veins
  • Arterial exam
  • Neck and thyroid exam
  • Inguinoscrotal exam
  • Lumps and Lesions
  • Cutaneous malignancies
  • Cancelled operation
  • Breaking bad news
  • Information giving
  • Information gathering
  • Consenting for operations and procedures
Teaching Format:
  • OSCE questions
  • OSCE discussion
  • Anatomy images
  • Data interpretation
  • Pathology reports
  • Slides and spotters

Quick Information
Places are currently available.
Date 3rd and 4th October 2020
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College of Physicians and Surgeons of Cardiff, Frazer Building, 126 Bute Street, Cardiff, CF10 5LE
Course Fee £ 385.00
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 16
Dress code Professional/Semi-formal
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