ORUK online Spine Orthopaedic FRCS (Orth) revision course

Date: 19/09/2021 - 24/10/2021
Time: 10:00 am BST every Sunday for 6 weeks
Location: Zoom video conferencing platform

Available spaces: 40

ORUK online Spine Orthopaedic FRCS (Orth) revision course


Target audience:

Candidates preparing for the FRCS (Orth) examinations, and trainees who are in their earlier years of training. This course is also suitable for consultant orthopaedic surgeons and physiotherapists in practice who wish to refresh and further their knowledge in management of pathologies of the Spine, whilst gaining CPD points.

Orthopaedic Research UK launches its first comprehensive online FRCS (Orth) revision course in spinal orthopaedics, in 6 weekly webinars. Up-to-date, interactive, and evidence-based with reference to key papers from experienced clinicians, on this course you will discover the key important concepts to really understand the subject and tackle vivas and MCQs with confidence.

Key features include:

  • Quality pre reading material in advance, to revise and to test your knowledge
  •  Interactive Q and A session
  • “Hot seat” vivas, with feedback on knowledge and technique
  • Access to all recordings in case you missed it

Each weekly session will be 1hr 40 mins long. This will include an hour lecture, hot seat viva and Q and A.

Access to all recordings in case you miss a session

Week 1: Sunday 19 September – Spina trauma

Week 2: Sunday 26 September – Spinal infections and tumours

Week 3: Sunday 3 October – Paediatric deformity and syndromes

Week 4: Sunday 10 October -Degenerative cervical and lumbar spine conditions

Week 5: Sunday 17 October – Spinal emergencies and surgical approaches to the spine

Week 6: Sunday 24 October – Spinal surgical procedures including Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

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.

We accept cheques, please ensure you attach an accompanying registration form. Cheques are to be made payable to “Orthopaedic Research UK” and posted to the address detailed on the registration form.

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 fee: £150

Individual sessions: £25

Please contact the events team via email: events@oruk.org or telephone: +44 (0)20 7307 3011 if you have any further queries.

Venue address

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.
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.

Mr Farhaan Altaf, Consultant Spinal Surgeon, Royal Perth Hospital

Mr Altaf qualified from St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Hospital Medical School in 2002. He received the Jackson Burrows and Moreton Prize for outstanding academic achievement as a medical student. He trained on the North West Thames London rotation and achieved his completion of training in 2015.

He is currently Consultant Spinal Surgeon at the Royal Perth Hospital. Prior to this he was a consultant at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. Before taking up a consultant post at the RNOH, he undertook further subspecialist fellowships: one-year spinal fellowship at the Vancouver General Hospital in Canada and a one-year spinal fellowship at the Royal Northshore Hospital in Sydney, Australia. He also worked as a fellow for three months in Lyon, France.
He has published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and presented at numerous national and international meetings.

Mr Hanny Anwar, Consultant Spinal Surgeon, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

Mr Anwar was appointed to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in 2013, he is Clinical Lead for Spinal Tumours and on the board of London Cancer for Acute Oncology concerning metastatic spinal cord compression. The RNOH was the first hospital in the UK to install computer-assisted spinal navigation to its operating theatres and Mr Anwar has benefited from the experience. This has ensured that his practice encompasses the most modern, minimally invasive, effective, and safe techniques to achieve the best possible outcome for his patients.

He has a background in orthopaedic spinal surgery, but his fellowship training was in both orthopaedic spinal surgery and neurosurgical spinal surgery at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. Mr Anwar has also developed an interest in the non-surgical management of spinal conditions such as sciatica, neck, and back pain complemented by steroid injections while maintaining a sensible approach to surgical intervention when it is appropriate to do so. If surgery is appropriate Mr Anwar puts forward the least invasive techniques possible without sacrificing the overall outcome.

Mr Anwar’s research interests are in primary spinal tumours, minimally invasive spinal metastasis treatment, and safety in spinal surgery.

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