FRCS (Orth) Viva Course

FRCS (Orth) Viva Course for Orthopaedic Surgeons

Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England

Royal College of Surgeons

19-20 January 2018

Venue: Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London, Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6BQ, UK

This interactive two-day course focuses on preparing you for the viva (oral) component of the FRCS (Orth) in a friendly atmosphere. You will work through a range of techniques to improve both your oral skills and orthopaedic clinical examination skills.

Course content

You will cover a variety of topics during this course, including:

  • Introduction to the FRCS (Orth) examination
  • Negotiating the requirements of the course
  • Clinical examination session – history taking
  • Introduction to positive critiquing

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the structure of the FRCS (Orth) exam
  • Explore a range of presented orthopaedic scenarios required for the FRCS (Orth) exam
  • Present your orthopaedic knowledge in a logical and systematic way
  • Confidently demonstrate your knowledge and understanding in an oral exam setting
  • Understand the use of positive critiquing
  • Recognise your strongest areas of orthopaedic knowledge and identify where your knowledge and techniques require further development
  • Use your new skills in a workplace setting, benefitting your day-to-day practice


This fully interactive course combines practice oral exams with clinical examination skills on non-patients, plus small group discussions.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for ST5-8 preparing for the oral FRCS (Orth) Examination/ Clinical Fellows/ Speciality Doctors/ Candidates preparing for the Joint Surgical Commission Fellowship Examination (JSCFE).

The main audience for this course is candidates who are sitting the oral section of the examination imminently. However, it will also benefit those candidates who are beginning to prepare for the examination irrespective of passing the written section. This group will gain invaluable teaching and insight into the depth of knowledge needed as well as how to prepare for the examination over the coming months

Course founders and directors:

Mr Kevin Sherman MA, PhD, FRCS & Mr Jehangir Mahaluxmivala MS, MSc, FRCS (Tr&Orth)

Permanent faculty:

Mr Ravi Dimri MS (Orth), FRCS (Tr&Orth)

Mr Nirav Shah MS, MCH, MSc, FRCS (Tr&Orth)

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