Basic Sciences for Orthopaedic Exams

29th Jan 2022


19th March 2022



Target audience

This course is suitable for those preparing for the Part I and part II of the FRCS (T&O) examination.


The primary purpose of this course is to familiarise candidates with the scope of knowledge required for the orthopaedic basic science component of the FRCS (T&O) examination. This is often a difficult area for candidates and the course aims to cover more of the syllabus than can reasonably covered in an intensive viva course alone.

The faculty have been selected for their expertise in coaching and mentoring candidates for the FRCS (T&O) examination. All have undertaken further training in education and are passionate in helping candidates maximise their chance of success in the examination. They are experienced in explaining these, sometimes difficult, concepts.

Course Aims

  • Identify areas of basic science knowledge which may need further study and understanding
  • Practice answering questions in a quick format
  • Written exam requires a quick knowledge review to answer the questions
  • Practice answering a topic to reach the main points quickly as in a clinical or viva station
  • Exposure to many questions and topics
  • Cover high yield topics and difficult concepts
  • Greater understanding of where to focus study prior to the examination
  • Study tips and tricks

Structure of the Course

The scope of the basic science component is broken down into seven broad themes of questions. Candidates will have the opportunity to talk through their answers within the group and the faculty will offer a suggested answer. At the end of each section, discussion of the questions and clarification of main points to assess understanding will take place. There will be adequate breaks and time for questions. Participation will be encouraged as we believe this is the best preparation for the clinical aspects of the FRCS (T&O) examination.

Time Table

  • 09.00 – 09.05     Login, registration and Welcome
  • 09.05 – 10.00     Anatomy and Approaches
  • 10.00 – 11.00    Tribology & Biomechanics
  • 11.00 – 12.00     Perioperative principles & Imaging & theatre design
  • 12.00 – 13.00     Prosthetics & Neurophysiology & Gait
  • 13.30 – 14.00     Lunch
  • 14.00 – 15.00     Bone structure and function
  • 15.00 – 16.00     Tendons/Ligaments/Muscle/Nerve/Cartilage
  • 16.00 – 17.00     Statistics and study design
  • 17.00 – 17:30     Final comments , Q&A  and Close


Participant : £200
Observer : £100 .

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Meet Our Teaching Faculty

Firas Arnaout

Firas Arnaout
FRCS (Tr&Orth)

Course Director
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Shepton Mallet Hospital


Nicola Evans
FRCS (Tr&Orth)

Course Director
Morecambe Hospital


Khaled Elawady
FRCS (Tr&Orth)

Oxford University Hospitals

Hany Elbardesy
FRCS (Tr&Orth)

East Kent University Hospitals