The MRCS part B exam is an exam which is delivered in the OSCE format.
At the current time it has been adjusted as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic. In the autumn 2020, the number of stations was reduced from 17 to 13. Some stations were adjusted to reduce the potential for close contact.
The OSCE will normally consist of 18 examined stations each of 9 minutes duration. These stations will be divided into broad content areas (BCAs) as follows:
Anatomy and surgical pathology (5 stations)
Applied surgical science and critical care (3 stations)
These two BCAs will be grouped together for the purposes of passing the examination and will be known collectively as Applied Knowledge (8 stations = 160 marks)
Clinical and Procedural Skills (6 stations)
Communication skills (4 stations)
Giving and receiving information
These two BCAs will be grouped together for the purposes of passing the examination and will be known collectively as Applied Skills (10 stations = 200 marks)
There may, in addition, be one or more preparation stations and one station that is being pre-tested. Any such pre-testing station will not contribute towards the final mark of the examination. Candidates will not be informed which station is being pretested.
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