Preparation for FRCS (Tr&Orth) Course

Preparation for FRCS (Tr&Orth) Course

Wednesday 12th September 2018

Venue: The Education Centre, University College Hospital, central London
Convenor: Alistair Hunter, T&O Consultant Surgeon, University College London Hospitals

You are invited to attend the 5th Preparation for FRCS (Tr&Orth) Course. The emphasis of this national course is on technique and aims to provide a framework early in a trainee’s preparation for understanding the nature of the FRCS (Tr&Orth) exam, develop strategies for optimising revision and for maximising scoring in the Viva and Clinical Examinations. In addition it offers a chance to network with fellow candidates taking the Examination. We have had very positive feedback from previous years. The course has been awarded Royal College of Surgeons accreditation.

The strong teaching Faculty consists of FRCS Examiners and Consultants from a number of regions. The course is open to all Trauma and Orthopaedic trainees and is targeted at levels ST6-ST8s who are at least six months from taking the Clinical component of the Exam. The outstanding venue of The Education Centre, University College Hospital, Euston Road, central London, has excellent transport links.

The novel course design was initiated by UCL Partners and has support from Training Programme Directors for their trainees to attend. The course is heavily subsidised with a fee of only £50 paid on registration. Refreshments will be provided. Availability is limited in order to maintain good Faculty to trainee ratios; book early.

To register use the following link:

Provisional Programme

The Viva teaching covers an overview of the material most commonly asked, how to go about finding the answers and how to develop strategies in answering the questions. The Clinical teaching covers idealised routines for short and intermediate cases, with time for questions and answers.

Morning – Viva Examination

08:00 Registration

08:30 Introduction

08:45 Viva exam scoring, technique, maximising scoring

09.05 Adult Pathology Viva 09.25 Trauma Viva

09.45 ‘How I prepared for the exam’

Afternoon – Clinical Examination

10.10 Coffee break
10:40 Hands Viva
10:55 Paediatrics Viva
11:10 Basic Science Viva
11:30 Tips and tricks in viva technique 11:50 Mock viva presentation

12:30 Lunch

15.15 Coffee break
15:45 Resources and courses
16:00 Clinical Examination of the spine 16:25 Clinical Examination of the hand 16:55 Close

13:30 13:35

13:55 14:25 14:50


Clinical exam scoring, short/intermediate case technique

Clinical examination of the brachial plexus Clinical examination of the shoulder Clinical examination of the knee

Feedback from previous delegates:

‘Excellent speakers with clear and focused advice, thank you’ ‘Excellent course, well done’

Feedback on key learning points:

‘Advice on planning revision’, ‘good overview of exam’, ‘how to focus preparation’, ‘importance of style of answer’