Final Focused Revision Sessions of High-Yield Topics for MRCS A-Session 2

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About the course


This four-part interactive teaching session will provide attendees with a thorough revision of the high-yield topics that are frequently tested in the MRCS A exam. Delivered via Zoom, it is specifically designed for candidates appearing for the exam on Tuesday 14th September 2021, and it will cover the Applied Basic Sciences and Principles of Surgery components. The teaching will be structured and delivered by Professor Stuart Enoch, convenor and chair of faculty of the highly popular and well-established Cardiff MRCS Courses. The four sessions, totalling 20 hours, are calculated to be worth 60-70 hours of individual revision.

Attendees can choose to attend whichever session(s) they feel would be beneficial to their revision.

Session 2

Thursday 30th September 2021

0900 - 1300 hours

Thorax and Upper Limb - Anatomy, Pathology and Surgery including Cancers (Oesophageal and Breast) and Nerve Injuries; Burns, Electrolytes and Fluid Physiology, Renal Physiology and Inotropes.

Topics Covered:

  • Thoracic skeleton
  • Angle of Louis
  • Mediastinum - boundaries and contents
  • Lungs - hilum, fissures, lobes, relations
  • Heart - parts, coronary circulation, conduction system 
  • Major vessels and branches
  • Dysphagia, GORD and Barrett’s oesophagus
  • Oesophagus - structure, blood supply, management of cancers
  • Breast - structure, blood supply, lymphatic drainage, management of breast cancers
  • Brachial plexus
  • Blood supply to the upper limb
  • Course of major nerves in the arm
  • Antecubital fossa, carpal tunnel, ASB, hand
  • Shoulder pathologies
  • Upper limb fractures 
  • Upper limb nerve injuries
  • Assessment of large TBSA burns
  • Emergency management of burns
  • Fluid resuscitation in burns
  • Inhalation burns
  • Escharotomy 
  • Transfer criteria for burns
  • Electrolytes and fluids
  • Renin-angiotensin mechanism
  • Functions of the nephron and counter-current multiplier
  • Inotropes and mechanism of action 

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