Cardiff MRCS Course: Basic Sciences and Clinical Application for MRCS A

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About the course

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 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.


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