The Edinburgh MRCS OSCE Preparation Course (Edinburgh)

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About the course


This course is aimed at FY2 and above, and primarily those preparing for the Intercollegiate Part B MRCS Examination. It is designed to help improve candidates' performance in the MRCS Part B Examination via practice sessions with 'mock' MRCS OSCE stations and discussions with examiners on the pitfalls and problems commonly encountered with the examination process. The course structure includes short lectures, discussion groups and OSCE stations.

Target Audience

Candidates preparing for the Intercollegiate MRCS Part B (OSCE) Examination.

Learning Style

This two day course uses a combination of presentations, discussion groups, practice sessions and individual feedback given by tutors experienced in the MRCS Exam. A major component of the course is the series of simulated MRCS OSCE stations covering clinical and procedural skills, applied surgical science and critical care, anatomy and surgical pathology and communication skills. Clinical OSCE stations use both real and simulated patients and examiners give structured individual feedback with candidates both observing and taking part in the mock sessions. This course offers an ideal opportunity to apply knowledge gained on ‘Anatomy for MRCS OSCEs’ and the two courses are regularly run alongside each other.

Aims & Objectives

This course is designed to help improve candidates’ performance in the MRCS Part B (OSCE) examination by providing experience of mock MRCS OSCE stations, highlighting the pitfalls and problems commonly encountered with the examination process and equipping the candidate with relevant and effective techniques to allow them to prepare for the examination with confidence.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course participants should be able to: 1) Describe the content areas that can be covered during the MRCS OSCE; 2) Describe the structure of a typical MRCS OSCE; 3) Describe the common areas of failure associated with the examination; 4) Identify their strengths and weaknesses relating to skills and knowledge covered by the MRCS OSCE; 5) Utilise effective examination techniques for an OSCE 

Participant Feedback

A rigorous, comprehensive course held in a very friendly environment. A must for candidates sitting the OSCE part of the surgical examination. I just wanted to thank the moderators of RCSEd course that I attended in Edinburgh for helping me in this regard. Their excellent guidance and tips was just what I needed to understand how to work on the weaker areas in my knowledge and in so doing get through the exam. I especially would like to thank Dr Raza for his positive attitide towards us candidates. I have suggested this course to all my colleagues who are going to appear in the exam in the near future. Thank you once again. Cant be more proud of being a part of this amazing royal college.

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