Cardiff MRCS Course: Intensive Preparatory Course for MRCS OSCE
(primarily focusing on procedural skills, clinical examination and communication skills)

(For trainees appearing for the exam in July 2021)

19th and 20th June 2021

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


This two-day intensive preparatory course is specifically designed for candidates appearing for the MRCS exam in July 2021. The course will primarily focus on practice of hands-on practical skills, clinical examination skills, and communication skills. In addition, there will be small group sessions (question and answer format) of the core knowledge areas tested in the exam, although there will be no teaching on these topics.

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:

Knowledge Component:
  • OSCE Discussion of Applied Surgical Anatomy
  • OSCE Revision of General Physiological Principles
  • OSCE Revision of General and System Specific Pathology
  • OSCE Revision of Principles of Surgery in General
Procedural Skills:
  • Suturing techniques, sutures and needles
  • Excision of a lesion
  • Knot-tying (Reef, Surgical, Instrument tie)
  • Male urinary catheterisation
  • Cannulation and venipuncture
  • Fine needle aspiration cytology
  • Infiltration of local anaesthetic
  • Debridement of a contaminated wound
  • ATLS principles and management of patients with trauma
Examination Skills:
  • Varicose vein examination
  • Arterial examination
  • Neck and thyroid examination
  • Inguinoscrotal examination
  • Abdominal examination
  • Hip examination
  • Knee examination
  • Shoulder examination
  • Spine (back) examination
  • Cranial nerve examination
  • Lumps and lesions
  • Cutaneous malignancies
Communication Skills:
  • Cancelled operation
  • Breaking bad news
  • Information giving
  • Information gathering
  • Telephone conversation
  • Consenting for operations and procedures


It was very well organised and well run. The teachers were very knowledgeable.

Royal Derby Hospital, Derby, United Kingdom
January 2020, Cardiff

Thank you for a comprehensive and informative weekend. I feel that this has significantly boosted my revision and motivation towards the exam.

Southmead Hospital, Bristol, United Kingdom
January 2020, Cardiff

Professor Enoch is a brilliant teacher; I really appreciate that, given such a condensed time, he made the effort to provide the most relevant information and indications to prepare for the exam. I think the two-day course was really effective. Thank you.

Whiston Hospital, Prescot, United Kingdom
January 2020, Cardiff

This was a very useful course that provided me with a good insight into exam preparation. All the tutors were excellent.

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
January 2020, Cardiff


Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, United Kingdom
January 2020, Cardiff

Professor Enoch was fantastic. It was really helpful to overview the high yield questions. The vast number of topics we got through was helpful in highlighting areas of weakness.

Royal Stoke University Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
January 2020, Cardiff

The course was very organised. It was evident that the faculty were highly clinically experienced and were aware of the exam requirements. The course was very focused, and the amount of information and learning opportunities were perfect. Professor Enoch is an excellent teacher.

St Mary's Hospital, London, United Kingdom
September 2019, Cardiff

This course was very well structured, and the amount of high yield information was invaluable. The teaching sessions, presentations and certainly the anatomy sessions put everything into perspective and made a big difference to my understanding. I cannot thank you enough!

September 2019, Cardiff

This was an excellent course. I would highly recommend it to all appearing for the OSCE.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, United Kingdom
September 2019, Cardiff

The teaching lectures were excellent. They were very informative and followed on appropriately from each other. The dissection was really useful too; it was worthwhile going through the main areas. I think it was all useful and very relevant to the exam.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, United Kingdom
September 2019, Cardiff

It was very good. The lectures were useful. The best part of the course was the dissection room. There was also a good amount of refreshments.

Royal United Hospital, Bath, United Kingdom
May 2019, Cardiff

Overall, it was very good. It covered complicated topics that come up often.

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom
February 2019, Cardiff

This course has been most useful to help consolidate knowledge and guide revision. I am very grateful to all the Registrars and to Professor Enoch who took the time and effort to teach on the course.

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS, Chesterfield, United Kingdom
February 2019, Cardiff

It was well organised and structured, as expected from a Doctors Academy course.

Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, United Kingdom
February 2019, Cardiff
Quick Information
Places are currently limited.

There is only one place remaining for this course. We have hence closed the online registration system. If you wish to secure one of the last places, please email us at and we will suggest the way to complete registration, provided the place is still available.
Date 19th and 20th June 2021
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College of Physicians and Surgeons of Cardiff, Frazer Building, 126 Bute Street, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff
Course Fee £465.00
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 24
Dress code Professional/Semi-formal
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