Description

Basic sciences such as anatomy, physiology, pathology and microbiology are the principal components for developing a strong foundation in surgical training and for the understanding of its clinically applied aspects such as surgical anatomy and critical care physiology. As such, these subjects form an integral part in the MRCS A exam.

This intensive three-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.

The course is structured into three distinct, but related, days. On Day 1, the emphasis will be on basic and surgically applied anatomy, and relevant system specific pathology. Day 2 will predominately cover cancer pathology, microbiology, genetics, statistics, embryology, autonomous nervous system and head & neck anatomy. Day 3 will cover trauma, general pathology, benign and malignant tumours, principles of surgery, burns and applied surgical sciences.

It is advised that delegates attend all three days of the course to get the full benefit. However, if they are particularly strong in the topics on any of the three days, then they have the option of attending the individual days of the course.

Delegates attending this course will receive full access to MRCS Part A online educational resources from www.doctorexams.co.uk for a 4 month period. This resource contains 100s of SBA and EMQ 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 covered
Day 1:
SURGICAL AND APPLIED ANATOMY (except Head and Neck), AND SYSTEM SPECIFIC PATHOLOGY

Brachial 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; Diaphragm
Vascular anatomy of Thorax, Head and Neck and Thorax (includes vascular access and chest drain insertion)
Vascular Pathologies of Neck and Thorax
Transpyloric Plane, Anterior Abdominal Wall and Inguinal Region (includes hernia and scrotal swellings)
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)
Revision of Day 1, and Sample Questions
Day 2:
HEAD AND NECK ANATOMY, EMBRYOLOGY, AUTONOMOUS NERVOUS SYSTEM, MICROBIOLOGY, CANCER PATHOLOGY, GENETICS, AND STATISTICS
Skull base, Head, Scalp and Face; Surgical Pathologies of the Head and Face (includes parotid tumours)
Neck, Thyroid, Larynx, Pharynx, Tongue; Surgical Pathologies of the Neck
Head and Neck Embryology; Pharyngeal Arches
Autonomous Nervous System
Essential topics in Microbiology
Tuberculosis
Necrotising Fasciitis
Statistics and its Surgical Application
Cancers of the Brain and their management
Cancers of the Oesophagus and their management
Cancers of the Lung and their management
Genetics and Inheritance Patterns
Revision of Days 1 and 2, and Sample Questions
Day 3:
GENERAL PATHOLOGY, BENIGN AND MALIGNANT TUMOURS, PRINCIPLES OF SURGERY, BURNS AND APPLIED SURGICAL SCIENCES
Management of Trauma; ATLS Principles
Head Injury; Neurophysiology
Basic and General Pathology
Pre-operative Assessment
Post-operative Complications and Management
Fundamentals of Wound Healing; Reconstructive and Plastic surgery
Principles of Local Anaesthetics; Tourniquets; Diathermy
Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery
Sutures, Suture Materials and Needles
Management of Burns
Lumps and Benign Lesions; Ulcers
Vascular Pathologies and Vascular surgery
Cancers of Thyroid and their management
Cancers of the Breast and their management
Melanoma and its Management
Cutaneous malignancies
Testicular Cancers and their management
Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Endocrine and Renal Physiology
Calcium metabolism
Revision of Days 1, 2 and 3 and Sample Questions