Basic sciences such as anatomy, physiology, pathology and microbiology are essential for developing a strong foundation in surgical training and for the understanding of its clinically applied aspects. As such, these subjects form an integral part in the MRCS A exam. This intensive two-day course will provide the attendee with an overview of basic physiological principles, consolidate the candidate’s core and applied surgical knowledge in anatomy and relevant pathology, and provide a focused revision of pertinent topics as tested in the exam. The course takes into consideration the recent changes to the MRCS A exam, with more emphasis on basic sciences – especially anatomy. On Day 1, the emphasis will be on basic and surgically applied anatomy (except head, neck and spinal cord), general pathology and burns. Day 2 will cover head and neck anatomy, autonomic nervous system, spinal cord and lesions, embryology, cancer pathology, microbiology, trauma, principles of surgery and applied surgical sciences. Delegates attending this course will receive full access to MRCS Part A online educational resources from for a 4-month period. This resource contains 100s of SBA questions for practice. In addition, they will also receive full access to all presentations via a secure, online link. All these benefits and privileges are included within the course fee.Topics coveredDay 1:SURGICAL AND APPLIED ANATOMY (except Head, Neck and Spinal Cord), GENERAL PATHOLOGY AND BURNSBrachial Plexus, Arm, Shoulder, Scapula, Back and Rotator Cuff (includes upper limb nerve injuries, palsies and shoulder pathologies)Cubital Fossa, Forearm, Flexor Retinaculum and Hand (includes carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve palsies, hand pathologies)Thoracic Wall; Mediastinum; Heart; Lungs; Oesophagus; DiaphragmVascular anatomy of Thorax, Head and Neck and Thorax (includes vascular access and chest drain insertion)Vascular Pathologies of the Neck and ThoraxTranspyloric Plane, Anterior Abdominal Wall and Inguinal Region (includes hernia and scrotal swellings)Abdominal Anatomy; Hollow and Solid OrgansPelvis and PerineumLumbar and Lumbosacral PlexusFemoral Triangle, Thigh, Popliteal Fossa; Lower Leg, Ankle and Foot (includes lower limb nerve injuries, palsies, compartment syndrome and ankle injuries)General Pathology; Lumps and Benign Lesions; UlcersManagement of BurnsRevision of Day 1, and Sample QuestionsDay 2:HEAD AND NECK ANATOMY, EMBRYOLOGY, AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM, MICROBIOLOGY, CANCER PATHOLOGY, PRINCIPLES OF SURGERY AND APPLIED SURGICAL SCIENCESSkull base, Head, Scalp and Face; Surgical Pathologies of the Head and Face (includes parotid tumours)Neck, Thyroid, Larynx, Pharynx, Tongue; Surgical Pathologies of the NeckHead and Neck Embryology; Pharyngeal ArchesAutonomic Nervous SystemEssential Topics in MicrobiologyManagement of Trauma; ATLS PrinciplesHead Injury; NeurophysiologyCancers of Thyroid and their managementCancers of the Breast and their managementCancers of the Colon and their managementMelanoma and its ManagementTesticular Cancers and their managementCutaneous MalignanciesPre-operative AssessmentFundamentals of Wound Healing; Reconstructive and Plastic SurgeryPrinciples of Local AnaestheticsSutures and Suture MaterialsVascular Pathologies and Vascular SurgeryOverview of System-Specific Physiology