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Special offer for February 2016 practical courses 3 for 2! To benefit from this offer book two places and e-mail with the names of the attendees Book soon as limited availability!

2016 Courses

‘Hands-on practical course’

New for 2016 - Between 2010 and 2013, BromptonPACES ran extremely popular small-group OSCE examination skills courses. In recent years, we have focused on lecture-based courses but due to popular demand, we have reinstated our hands-on practical courses for 2016.

Designed to be complementary to our lecture courses, the hands-on practical course will involve small groups (maximum 7 students) rotating around OSCE stations. Attendees with receive intensive tuition on the optimum examination routines for finals for the cardiovascular, respiratory, abdominal, peripheral and central nervous systems. All students will have ample opportunity to demonstrate examination skills (on ‘normal’ subjects) and receive critical feedback on their technique and tips on how to maximize marks attained. We will also discuss findings related to top cases encountered, teach you how to present your examination findings succinctly and highlight ‘examiner favourite’ questions that are frequently asked in finals.

One-day ‘express’ lecture-based course

This course will provide attendees with an intensive overview of all the major system examinations and cases encountered in finals, all covered in a single day of high-yield teaching. Lectures will last 60-75 mins each and will cover key aspects of the examination routine (focusing on areas that candidates often perform badly in), top cases encountered and ‘examiner favourite’ questions that are most frequently asked in finals.

Lecture Course Content (Two days)

This two day lecture-based course provides attendees with extensive and detailed teaching on all the major examinations and cases encountered in finals. The course is split over 2 days and each system is covered in detail. Day one will include respiratory, cardiovascular and short case stations. Day two will include peripheral nervous system, central nervous system and gastrointestinal systems.

Each session will last two hours. The first hour will focus solely on the examination routine for the relevant system, starting with a live demonstration of the ‘perfect’ examination routine by the BromptonPACES faculty. Attendees will also be asked to demonstrate specific aspects of the examination and receive constructive feedback on technique. We will also break down how to effectively present findings in a succinct and professional manner. The second hour will focus solely on all the OSCE cases likely to appear in your clinical exams, including signs that should be elicited, bonus marks that can be obtained and the common questions that are asked by examiners in relation to each case. Each day will finish with a 30 min Q&A session so that any questions not addressed during the day can be answered.

Respiratory (day one)

  • Thoracic scars
  • Breath sounds
  • Pleural effusions
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • COPD
  • Chronic asthma
  • Secondary complications of respiratory disease
  • Common chest radiograph findings

Cardiovascular (day one)

  • Valvular lesions
  • Prosthetic valves
  • Congenital cardiac defects
  • Infective endocarditis
  • The JVP - all you need to know for clinical exams
  • Cardiac failure
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Common ECG findings

Short Cases (day one)

  • Systematic examination of the hand and neck
  • Graves disease
  • Thyroid lumps
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Rheumatoid hands
  • Psoriatic arthropathy
  • Paget’s disease
  • Acromegaly
  • Systemic sclerosis
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Psoriasis & vitiligo
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis

Gastrointestinal (day two)

  • Abdominal scars
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Ascites
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Splenomegaly and hepatomegaly
  • Renal disease - polycystic kidney disease & transplants
  • Abdominal masses
  • Stoma examination

Central Nervous System (day two)

  • Systematic cranial nerve examination
  • Visual field examination
  • Horner’s syndrome
  • Pupillary defects
  • Facial nerve palsies
  • Internuclear ophthalmoplegia
  • Lateral medullary syndrome
  • Speech examination
  • Gait examination
  • Bulbar and pseudobulbar palsies

Peripheral Nervous System (day two)

  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Hemiplegia
  • Old polio
  • Charcot-Marie Tooth Syndrome
  • Myotonic Dystrophy
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Spastic paraparesis
  • Parkinsonism
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Muscular dystrophies
  • Peripheral nerve palsies