Event Details - MRCS Surgical Anatomy Revision Day (Wade Programme)

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MRCS Surgical Anatomy Revision Day (Wade Programme)

This intensive, one-day revision course consists of a series of short, illustrated introductory talks, interspersed with interactive practical demonstrations on cadaveric specimens, led by experienced tutors. The talks review the format of the MRCS Anatomy OSCE, including examples of common questions and hints about effective revision strategies to maximise success. Key concepts underlying the anatomical organisation of the Head and Neck, Trunk and Limbs, which assist with understanding and visualisation, are also discussed. The practical sessions particularly focus on improving attendees’ ability to identify important structures and relationships of surgical importance, as well as to practise discussing key MRCS surgical anatomy topics. Attendees will also have the opportunity to clarify any outstanding anatomy issues about which they are unsure (‘anatomy clinic’).

Target Audience

The course is aimed at trainees preparing to sit the Intercollegiate MRCS Part B (OSCE) examination. Those preparing to sit the Part A (MCQ) examination may also find the course of practical value, particularly following the recent increase in anatomy MCQ questions from 45 to 75.

Learning Style

This is a revision course for those planning to sit the MRCS. It assumes that attendees are already well advanced in their preparation and thus does not provide any didactic instruction. Tutors use a questioning approach to ensure continuous feedback to attendees who are, nevertheless, able to practise answering MRCS style questions in a safe learning environment

Aims & Objectives

This Revision Day aims to assist attendees who are at a late stage of preparing to sit the MRCS to revise to maximum effect in the time remaining before their appearance at the examination. The instructional approach taken constantly emphasises the close relationships between sound anatomical knowledge and safe surgical practice and thus aims to increase attendees’ confidence in identifying key structures and discussing their significance in relation to surgical pathology, investigation and treatment.

Learning Outcomes


By the end of the course, attendees should be able to:

  • Describe the structure of the MRCS Anatomy OSCE
  • Describe the breadth and depth of surgical anatomy knowledge required for success in the examination
  • Give examples of common examination questions
  • Describe key concepts underlying the surgical anatomy of Head & Neck, Trunk and Limbs, which may assist with understanding and 3D visualisation
  • Be able to identify key anatomical structures on cadaveric specimens and on high quality anatomical models
  • Describe areas of weakness in their own knowledge base and outline their individual plans to remedy these before the examination

Course Director

Professor Gordon Findlater, Wade Profess or Anatomy 

Mr Ross Jones, Lecturer in Clinical and Surgical Anatomy 

Additional Information

The course will held at the following venue: Anatomy Department, UKM Medical Centre 56000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur

Participant Feedback

Small groups- good ratio of faculty to participants; Highly interactive and detailed hands on teaching; The simulated exam conditions in the Q & A session allowed us to know what is in store for us in the upcoming exams; Relaxed, positive, informed atmosphere very easy to learn in and ask questions


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If you have any questions about this event, please contact us and a member of our Education team will be happy to help you.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Phone: 0131 527 1600
Fax: +44 (0)131 557 6406

Email: education@rcsed.ac.uk