In the Intercollegiate MRCS OSCE Exam, the ‘Clinical and Procedural Skills’ component, making up about 15-20% of the total marks, will test the candidate’s capacity to apply sound basic science/clinical knowledge in a practical context. The candidate’s ability to perform practical tasks related to surgery that requires manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination and visual/spatial awareness will be assessed. In addition, it will also test aspects such as capacity, consent, theatre safety, WHO checklist and principles of safe surgery. This intensive hands-on practical skills course will take the candidate through all the procedures that have been examined in the recent years, allows practice in realistic exam conditions and will provide structured feedback for further development. Candidates will be provided with their scores and will have the opportunity to discuss specific practical aspects with the examiners and recent successful candidates.HighlightsPractical course with a high tutor-to-participant ratioHands-on sessions with scenarios simulating the real exam Individual feedback and scoresExamples of topics to be covered include:Surgical scrubbingSafe use of local anaesthesiaSuturing techniquesKnots and tying at depthSurgical excision of a cutaneous lesionUrinary catheterisationConsent and CapacityCannulation and venepuncture of high-risk patientsEpidural techniqueLumbar punctureOrganising a theatre listAppropriate radiology requestingDischarge letterTransfer documentationPerforming an FNAInsertion of a chest drain
In the MRCS OSCE exam, the surgical trainees are expected to have a good working knowledge of general physiological principles, core knowledge of the physiology of specific systems and an understanding of their application in surgical practice. This intensive one-day revision course will provide the candidates with an overview of basic physiological principles, and the physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, endocrine, gastrointestinal and the central nervous systems. The course will be delivered using a series of interactive lectures with OSCE focus and OSCE scenarios. All major areas as stipulated in the MRCS Part B syllabus will be covered.Topics coveredGeneral physiological principles:Acid-base imbalance (metabolic and respiratory acidosis/alkalosis) and their managementFluid balance and fluid replacement therapyBleeding and coagulationManagement of sepsis and septic shockHomeostasis and thermoregulationCardiovascular system:Cardiac pressure cycleControl of cardiac outputBlood pressure and its control mechanismsIonotropesSurgical in patients with cardiovascular pathologiesRespiratory system:Normal ventilatory cycleCauses and management of post-operative respiratory failureIntermittent positive pressure ventilationAcute (adult) respiratory distress syndromeApplied critical care physiology during the peri-operative periodEndocrine system:Thyroid hormones, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidismParathyroid hormones, their disorders and calcium metabolismGlucose homeostasis and diabetesFunction of the pituitary and adrenal glandsErythropoietinRenal system:Renal autoregulationRenin-angiotensin systemTypes and management of renal failureCentral nervous system:Cerebral autoregulationSpace-occupying lesionsHead Injuries and managementGastrointestinal system:Gut hormonesPancreatic […]
Taught by clinical anatomists and surgeons, this highly regarded and greatly acclaimed course is intended to help trainees prepare for the surgical anatomy and pathology components of the MRCS OSCE exam. The sessions will be predominantly delivered by small group demonstrations and tutorials using anatomical prosections, relevant pathological specimens, osteology and surface anatomy. This course, which takes into consideration the changes introduced in 2018, will: consolidate the candidate’s core and applied surgical knowledge in anatomy and relevant pathology; provide a focused revision of pertinent exam topics in this area, and; aid the candidate’s aptitude to handle the OSCE stations effectively. There will be a dedicated teaching session on clinically applied surface anatomy. The mock OSCE stations on the second day of the course will cover surgical anatomy (prosections, osteology and surface anatomy), surgical pathology, surgical radiology, and surgical skills and patient safety.Teaching format and highlightsDemonstration using anatomical prosections, cross-sections and osteology.Small groups tutorials and interactive sessions.High-yield topics in surgical pathology.Illustration and description of surface anatomy.Assessment of applied basic sciences.Mock OSCE: There will be 20 OSCE stations that will be structured similar to the exam. Every candidate will get an opportunity to be examined in all the stations on a one-to-one […]
This intensive one-day revision course covers the clinical examination and communication skills components of the MRCS Part B exam. The course aims to consolidate the trainee’s understanding of the clinical consultation skills component of the exam, and aid the trainee’s ability to perform clinical examinations efficiently and present the findings to the examiner in a systematic yet concise manner. The forenoon session will cover all important clinical examinations that are tested in the exam and the afternoon session will be dedicated to structured interviews, communication skills workstations, and information giving / information gathering / breaking bad news. About 6-8 patient-centred clinical scenarios will be used to reflect the situations experienced in everyday practice; these scenarios will also be in line with what is commonly tested in the exam. There will be opportunity for every participant to participate in performing clinical examinations and to engage in role-play scenarios.Clinical Examination TopicsCandidates will be divided into small groups and will go through the following clinical examinations on simulated patients:Examination of abdomen and abdominal organsExamination of herniaExamination of varicose veins and leg ulcersExamination of peripheral vascular diseaseExamination of lumps and lymph nodesExamination of cranial nervesExamination of cardiorespiratory systemExamination of hip, knee, shoulder and backClinical […]
Our flagship course. RCGP accredited, bursting with the latest evidence, varied, interactive and fun!New for 2020: 6 extra hours of online content = 12 CPD credits in total!Registration 9.00am. Course runs 9.30am-5.00pm.What’s it all about?We want to offer our delegates some really useful tools, like ready written protocols, trusted patient resources, quick reference flow-charts and our new GEMS sheets (where we turn really complex topics into easy to follow flow charts).As you’d expect, you’ll also get 6 CPD credits for attending the course and a copy of the handbook to take home with you. There are 6 further credits available with GP Update Extra when you watch the online course content too – it’s like another full update in the comfort of your home!That’s 12 CPD credits in total!There’s also 12 months FREE access to www.gpcpd.com. If you’ve not used it before it’s our online Handbook, in-consultation search engine and CPD tracker.What’s covered?The content of our courses is determined by what’s happening in primary care month on month. We do our best to bring you the very latest on the areas that we feel will have the most impact at the time of your update. And, we’ll always cover the […]
‘Hot Topics’ is the original and the UK’s most popular one day course to update GPs with the latest developments in the literature and to serve as a platform for CPD and help to deliver better patient care. The course revolves around short, engaging presentations which merge recent clinical evidence with real life clinical scenarios and is fully supported by a full range of paper and electronic course materials. The course attracts 6 hours of CPD and receives outstanding feedback for the quality of the presentations, the relevance of the content and the positive ‘feel-good’ factor generated on the day. All the material and content is 100% free from any external influence or sponsorship. The Course is accredited by the RCGP and ICGP and is suitable for all GPs and trainees at any stage of their career, as well as nurse practitioners and primary care pharmacists. After attending a Hot Topics course, 99% of delegates say they will return!