A New Beginning……..
After running the course successfully for 10 years, 2017 will see an expansion to include faculty and patients from Derby. This will ensure candidates continue to experience an even more diverse range of orthopaedic conditions. The course will be held on the 28th and 29th September 2017 and will be run at the Casa Hotel, Lockoford Lane, Chesterfield S41 7JB. Although there will be some logistical changes to the course for 2017, the fundamental formula of delivering a vast amount of clinical experience for all candidates will still be applied in order to ensure its on-going success for the next decade.
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 course for 2017 will be run at the Casa Hotel in Chesterfield over the 2 days. Patients from Sheffield, Chesterfield, and Derby will attend the venue during several sessions throughout the course. We hope by running the course from one venue we will be able to maximise the time available for candidates to examine patients.’
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.