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Intercollegiate MRCS: An Update November 2010. MRCS. 2004 until 2010 Part 1: ABS MCQ Part 2: clinical problem solving MCQ Part 3: oral, clinical, communications skills Now withdrawn in UK. MRCS. From 2008 in the UK Part A: MCQ Part B: OSCE. MRCS Part A.

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MRCS

2004 until 2010

    • Part 1: ABS MCQ
    • Part 2: clinical problem solving MCQ
    • Part 3: oral, clinical, communications skills
  • Now withdrawn in UK
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MRCS

From 2008 in the UK

  • Part A: MCQ
  • Part B: OSCE
mrcs part a
MRCS Part A
  • two MCQ papers each of two hours:

- applied basic sciences (c.135 questions)

- principles of surgery-in-general (c. 135 questions)

  • taken on same day
  • marked as one
  • minimum 50 % in each paper to pass
  • unlimited attempts
mrcs osce
MRCS OSCE
  • Comprehensive evidence based review after first three diets
      • Examiner feedback
      • Candidate feedback
      • Statistical analysis
      • ICBSE Committees
      • ASIT
      • PLG
  • Changes approved for introduction May 2010
mrcs osce summary of changes 1
MRCS OSCE:Summary of changes 1

Examined stations increased from 16 to18

  • One communication skills station removed
  • One surgical pathology station added
  • Two extra clinical stations
  • 25% more time with examiners than 2004 MRCS
mrcs osce summary of changes 2
MRCS OSCE:Summary of changes 2

Broad Content Areas reorganised

  • Reduced from 5 to 4
  • More logical structure
  • Change to weighting e.g. more anatomy
  • Pass ‘hurdle’ raised
  • Candidates must pass all 4 BCAs to pass the OSCE
mrcs osce summary of changes 3
MRCS OSCE:Summary of changes 3

Domains reorganised

  • Reduced from 6 to 4
  • Increase from 16 to 20 marks for each station
  • Domains no longer a pass/fail criterion
mrcs osce summary of changes 4
MRCS OSCE:Summary of changes 4
  • All stations have at least one examiner i.e. no unmanned stations
  • Less candidate choice
    • May only opt out of one speciality choice for clinical examination
future plans
Future Plans
  • Use of visuals in Part A
  • Expand question ‘banks’
  • Increase number of diets each year (up to 5)
  • Additional venues
  • Second major review after Feb 2011
mrcs website
MRCS: website
  • http://www.intercollegiatemrcs.org.uk
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