Cardiff MRCS Course (Manchester): Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology for MRCS OSCE

14th August 2020

Apollo Buckingham Health Science Campus, Crewe


From the providers of the highly acclaimed and prestigious Cardiff MRCS Courses, this intensive one-day revision course is intended to help trainees prepare for the Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology components of the MRCS OSCE exam. Surgical Anatomy and Pathology comprises of 63% (100 out of 160 marks) of the Applied Knowledge component and 28% (100 out of 360 marks) of the MRCS exam. Thus, these two components play a crucial role in determining the success or failure of a delegate in the exam.

This course will provide a pertinent yet comprehensive revision of core and applied knowledge in surgical anatomy and surgical pathology as tested in the exam. The day will cover basic and functional anatomy, basic and system-specific pathology, osteology and surface anatomy. In addition to teaching, there will be mock and practice OSCE questions throughout the day.

Teaching Format

  • Interactive discussions using images, slides, anatomy models and osteology.
  • Summary of essential concepts in basic and system-specific pathology
  • Mock OSCE scenarios.
  • Illustration and description of surface anatomy.

Topics Covered

  • Skull base, Head, Scalp and Face; Surgical Pathologies of the Head and Face (includes parotid tumours)
  • Circle of Willis, Dural Venous Sinuses, Hydrocephalus and Strokes
  • Neck, Thyroid, Larynx, Pharynx, Tongue;
  • Head and Neck Embryology; Pharyngeal Arches
  • Surgical Pathologies in the Triangles of the Neck
  • Thyroid and Parathyroid Pathologies
  • Autonomic Nervous System
  • Spinal Cord Lesions, Conus Medullaris and Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Brachial Plexus, Arm, Shoulder, Scapula, Back and Rotator Cuff (includes upper limb nerve injuries, palsies and shoulder pathologies)
  • Anatomy of the Breast and Overview of Breast Cancers
  • Cubital Fossa, Forearm, Flexor Retinaculum and Hand (includes carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve palsies, hand pathologies)
  • Thoracic Wall; Mediastinum; Heart; Lungs; Oesophagus; Diaphragm
  • Vascular anatomy of Thorax, Head and Neck and Thorax (includes vascular access and chest drain insertion)
  • Transpyloric Plane, Anterior Abdominal Wall and Inguinal Region
  • Scrotal Swellings, Hernia and Testicular Tumours
  • Abdominal Anatomy; Hollow and Solid Organs (includes bowel pathologies, colon cancer and segmental bowel resections)
  • Pelvis and Perineum
  • Lumbar and Lumbosacral Plexus
  • Femoral Triangle, Thigh, Popliteal Fossa; Lower Leg, Ankle and Foot (includes lower limb nerve injuries, palsies, compartment syndrome and ankle injuries)
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease, Varicose Veins and Their Management
  • Cutaneous Malignancies and Malignant Melanoma


This was a great course; I would strongly recommend it.

Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
December 2019, Manchester

This was an excellent, comprehensive course that was very exam specific.

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom
December 2019, Manchester

It was excellent, very useful and well organised.

James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
December 2019, Manchester

This was a brilliant course.

Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool, United Kingdom
March 2019, Manchester

It helped me to focus on my weaknesses in certain topics.

Port of Spain General Hospital, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
March 2019, Manchester

I found it helpful to identify any gaps in my knowledge and to apply such knowledge to answer MRCS-style questions.

Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, United Kingdom
March 2019, Manchester

The teacher was good and easy to understand.

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Westmead, Australia
March 2019, Manchester

Excellent knowledge of the lecturer.

Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral, United Kingdom
April 2018, Manchester

Thank you to Prof Enoch and team for organising the course! It was, indeed, a very intensive day, but it was good to refresh knowledge and narrow down topics that need more attention as the curriculum content is so broad.

Royal Stoke Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
April 2018, Manchester

Well organised, very relevant, and very useful.

University Hospital of North Durham, Durham, United Kingdom
September 2017, Manchester

Very good teaching sessions and very enthusiastic teachers who explained all the relevant points well.

Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull, United Kingdom
September 2017, Manchester

The faculty was exceptional. The information was very clear, especially the larynx anatomy and base of skull. Mr Datta is a wonderful teacher.

University College Hospital, London, United Kingdom
April 2017, Manchester

Fantastic surgeons and anatomists. Questions were asked in the MRCS style, but with feedback throughout.

Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral, United Kingdom
September 2016, Manchester

It was very beneficial. The course was excellent and provided good value for money. I will definitely recommend it to my friends.

Mayo Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan
April 2016, Manchester

I found the course useful and relevant to the exam preparation. An excellent course.

Royal United Hospital, Bath, United Kingdom
April 2016, Manchester

Good organisation and friendly faculty. The contents of the course were good and relevant. The presentations were clear. I will recommend it to others preparing for the exam.

Southport and Formby District General Hospital, Southport, United Kingdom
April 2016, Manchester

The course was excellent and provided good value for money. I will definitely recommend it to my friends.

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
September 2015, Manchester

Overall an excellent course that I will certainly recommend to colleagues and friends.

Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Doncaster, United Kingdom
September 2014, Manchester
Quick Information
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Date 14th August 2020
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Apollo Buckingham Health Science Campus, Crewe
Course Fee £145.00
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 15
Dress code Professional/Semi-formal
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