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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2004 until 2010 Part 1: ABS MCQ Part 2: clinical problem solving MCQ Part 3: oral, clinical, communications skills Now withdrawn in UK.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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Intercollegiate mrcs an update november 2010

Intercollegiate MRCS:An UpdateNovember 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  • Now withdrawn in UK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
    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


    Broad content areas mark distribution
    Broad Content Areas: Mark Distribution


    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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