London basic science FRCS (Orth) revision course

Date: 14/10/2021 - 15/10/2021
Location: 11 Cavendish Square, London

Available spaces: 1 lecture with vivas and clinical spaces, 10 lecture only spaces

London basic science FRCS (Orth) revision course


Course convenors:

Mr Sebastian Dawson-Bowling, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Barts Health NHS Trust
Professor Iain McNamara, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
Mr Ben Ollivere, Associate Clinical Professor, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

This course is aimed at those preparing for the FRCS (Orth) or equivalent examination. The course programme has been developed over the past 14 years to ensure the whole syllabus is covered from a basic science and pathophysiology perspective. The series of lectures and interactive sessions run over two days will cover all aspects of tribology, biomechanics, pathophysiology, statistics and microbiology required for both the written and oral examination. The course includes a heavy emphasis in viva practice and the candidates can expect around 6 hours of viva practice from the experienced faculty with personalised feedback.

The quickest way to register and confirm your place is to book online by credit or debit card. In order for you to register online you will need to register with our website first, upon registration with ORUK you will be given the option to book this meeting online. If you have already registered with our website you can sign in and book.

You can also pay by direct bank transfer, our transfer details are listed on the registration form. Please ensure you also complete and return a registration form if you are paying by direct bank transfer.

Registration form

Registration fees:

Lectures with vivas and clinicals: £375
Lectures only: £275

Please contact the events team via email: events@oruk.org or telephone: +44 (0)20 7307 3013 if you have any further queries.

Venue address

No.11 Cavendish Square,


By tube: The nearest tube stations are either Oxford Circus (Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines) Exit 4 (corner near H&M store).


By bus: Nearest bus routes within walking distance: 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 23, 25, 55, 73, 88, 94, 98, 113, 137, 139, 159, 176, 189, 390, 453, C2


Car parking: Cavendish Square Car Park, Harley Street Car Park (enter from Chandos Street).

Revision Books

Orthopaedic Basic Science for the Postgraduate Examination: Practice MCQs and EMQs

Designed for trainees preparing to sit the written section of the FRCS (Tr & Orth) or equivalent examination. Whilst much of the general orthopaedic curriculum is often learnt from clinical exposure, knowledge of the basic sciences frequently requires more specific attention. Drawing partly on material from the hugely successful Orthopaedic Research UK courses, this book simultaneously provides a tool for assessing knowledge levels and a means of rapidly assimilating detailed facts. The authors are all approaching, or have achieved completion of higher surgical and fellowship training, but have sufficiently recent experience of postgraduate orthopaedic examinations to ensure that the questions are representative of the level and scope required.
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Revision Books

Orthopaedic Basic and Clinical Science for the Postgraduate Examination: Viva Practice & Diagrams

Designed for trainees preparing to sit the oral section of the FRCS (Tr & Orth) or equivalent examination. There is a temptation for exam preparation to focus all too heavily on pure knowledge acquisition at the expense of practising viva technique. This book therefore aims to stimulate a more problem-based approach through the use of mock vivas, as well as encouraging candidates to practise drawing out and labelling the diagrams frequently asked by examiners. Conceived as a companion volume to the hugely successful Practice EMQs and MCQs, and drawing partly on material from the popular Orthopaedic Research UK courses, this text simultaneously provides a tool for assessing knowledge levels and a means of rapidly assimilating detailed facts.
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Mr Sebastian Dawson-Bowling

Sebastian Dawson-Bowling is a consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust, London, dividing his time between the Royal London Hospital and the newly formed Barts Health Orthopaedic Centre. He was appointed in 2013, and specialises in all aspects of lower limb surgery, most predominantly primary and revision arthroplasty, as well as undertaking general trauma surgery at the Royal London.

He completed his undergraduate training at Magdalene College, Cambridge and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, and was then an orthopaedic trainee in London before undertaking subspecialist training at the Royal National
Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore and the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He was also president of the
British Orthopaedic Trainees Association.

He has contributed book chapters on orthopaedics, trauma and medical law to volumes published by Oxford
University Press and PasTest, and has himself co-authored or co-edited 3 orthopaedic textbooks.

Professor Iain McNamara

Iain McNamara was appointed at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital in 2013 where his elective work covers all aspects of knee surgery including primary and revision arthroplasty as well as ligament reconstruction and a tertiary referral practice or patellofemoral surgery.

Iain took over as lead of the Orthopaedic Research Unit in 2016 and was appointed as an honorary professor at University of East Anglia in the same year. His research is focussed around prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infected joint replacements, improvement in outcomes of knee replacement and novel ligament reconstruction

He is very proud to be one of the authors on the two books published with ORUK and to still be talking to the other two authors, which none of them can truly believe!

Mr Ben Ollivere

Associate Professor Trauma Surgery, Nottingham University.
Honorary Consultant Trauma and Major Trauma Surgeon, Queen’s Medical Centre Nottingham.
Training Programme Director, East Midlands North rotation.
Editor in Chief, Bone and Joint 360.

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