The FRCS Orth course was set up because it was realised that all the other FRCS courses were immediately pre exam and that unless the candidate had already learnt the fundamentals and techniques of clinical examination it was too late for them to change at the last minute. This course will hone your physical examination skills, and will give you enough time to practice them before the FRCS clinical test.
We have timed this course in such a way that the candidate can learn or change their technique and still have time to perfect it before the exam. It is ideal for those sitting the November or following February clinicals.
The course is designed such that the candidate is taught by short lectures and demonstration. Then there is time spent where there is both teaching and interaction with patients. In the last quarter of the course the candidate will then have a mock exam which will be similar to the real thing.
The Chesterfield and Sheffield FRCS (Trauma & Orthopaedics) Clinical Course is run at two sites (Sheffield and Chesterfield) for a number of reasons. The organising faculty is from two sites so it is easier to get patients form both Sheffield and Chesterfield. There is also a greater variety of pathology from a wider region. Patients find it easier to travel to their local centre ensuring that the turn up to the course.
Transport is provided to and from both centers.
Candidate are limited to 30 in order to have an opportunity to examine a maximum number of patients. Priority is given to candidates who are sitting the exam within six months of the course.
The success of the course has been largely due to the number and wide range of cases seen and examined by the candidates. The organising consultants speak to each patient directly to ensure their attendance. Last year over 100 patients came over the two days. Each candidate was hands on with a significant proportion of these. For the rest they were able to observe their colleagues examine in small groups of two or three.