Cardiff MRCS Course: Surgical Anatomy, Surgical Pathology & Applied Surgical Sciences for MRC...

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About the course

This two-day intensive course is specifically designed for candidates appearing for the MRCS exam in July 2021. The course is suitable for candidates who have done adequate prior revision and wish to brush-up on the knowledge component of the exam, distributed within the six stations (out of 13 stations), in two days. The course will involve a series of short interactive sessions and focused discussion, highlighting the 'must-know' areas. Candidates will be taken through the 'high-yield' core topics in Applied Basic Sciences and Clinical Knowledge and its application.

This two-day course is calculated to be worth a minimum of 70 hours of individual revision.

The course will cover the following topics:


  • Skull base, foramina and cranial nerves
  • Circle of Willis
  • Dural venous sinuses
  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Spinal cord and spinal cord tracts
  • Face, mandible, parotid and submandibular gland
  • Neck, larynx and pharynx
  • Thyroid and parathyroid
  • Brachial plexus
  • Shoulder and back
  • Arm, ante-cubital fossa and forearm
  • Wrist and hand
  • Upper limb nerve injuries
  • Thorax and mediastinum
  • Heart, lung and oesophagus
  • Diaphragm
  • Anterior abdominal wall, inguinal region and external genitalia
  • Peritoneum and peritoneal folds
  • Lesser sac, epiploic foramen and greater sac
  • Liver, gall bladder, pancreas and spleen
  • Kidneys, ureter, bladder and urethra
  • Adrenal glands
  • Small and large intestine
  • Rectum and anal canal
  • Pelvic floor and perineum
  • Femoral triangle
  • Gluteal region
  • Adductor canal
  • Popliteal fossa
  • Lower leg, compartments, ankle and foot
  • Lower limb nerve injuries
  • Vascular anatomy of the neck, abdomen, and upper and lower limbs

Pathology and Microbiology:

  • Basic pathology
  • System-specific pathology
  • Pathology definitions
  • Tumour markers and metastasis
  • Scrotal swellings
  • Cancers of the testis
  • Malignant melanoma
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Colorectal malignancies
  • Diverticular disease
  • Colectomies and stomas
  • Cancer of the breast
  • Pharyngeal pouch
  • GORD
  • Barrett’s oesophagus
  • Cancer of the oesophagus
  • Cancers of the parotid and submandibular glands
  • Cutaneous malignancies
  • Cancers of the thyroid
  • MEN syndromes
  • Carcinoid tumour
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Vascular pathologies
  • Bacteria and antibiotics
  • Necrotising fasciitis
  • Tuberculosis

Physiology and Critical Care:

  • Management of lower limb trauma
  • Management of fracture neck of femur
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Management of head injuries
  • Flow of CSF and hydrocephalus
  • Acid-base balance, tetany, metabolic alkalosis, paradoxical aciduria
  • Local anaesthesia
  • Calcium metabolism
  • Endocrine physiology
  • Cushing’s disease and Cushing’s syndrome
  • Addison’s disease
  • Renal physiology
  • Types and classes of shock
  • Hypothermia
  • Cardiac physiology
  • Respiratory physiology
  • Management of burns
  • Wound healing
  • Wound management
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Spinal cord lesions and cord syndromes
  • Cauda equina and conus medullaris syndrome

Teaching Format:

  • Slides and spotters
  • OSCE questions
  • OSCE discussion
  • Anatomy atlas and prosectional images
  • Data interpretation
  • Pathology reports

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