9 episodes

Passing the paediatric orthopaedic part of the FRCS (Orth) exam is a real challenge, given the complexity of the conditions and the fact that for many candidates, opportunites for clinical experience are limited. These podcasts complement the intensive one day revision course in paediatric orthopaedics run by Orthopaedic Research UK (https://oruk.org/upcoming-events/paeds-in-one-day-oruk-intensive-online-frcs-orth-revision-course-for-paediatric-orthopaedics/). Using interviews with great teachers, examiners, successful candidates and others, we discuss preparation for the exam, structuring paediatric viva questions logically, the marking scheme and how to score well, how to answer questions about controversial areas of practice, and the common pitfalls to avoid.

Come Back When The Leaves Are Green Gavin Spence and Michail Kokkinakis

    • Education

Passing the paediatric orthopaedic part of the FRCS (Orth) exam is a real challenge, given the complexity of the conditions and the fact that for many candidates, opportunites for clinical experience are limited. These podcasts complement the intensive one day revision course in paediatric orthopaedics run by Orthopaedic Research UK (https://oruk.org/upcoming-events/paeds-in-one-day-oruk-intensive-online-frcs-orth-revision-course-for-paediatric-orthopaedics/). Using interviews with great teachers, examiners, successful candidates and others, we discuss preparation for the exam, structuring paediatric viva questions logically, the marking scheme and how to score well, how to answer questions about controversial areas of practice, and the common pitfalls to avoid.

    DDH - the latest guidelines

    DDH - the latest guidelines

    DDH is a condition full of grey areas and controversies - who needs screening? How, and when? Pavlik harness or rigid splint? When do you repeat the scan? Closed or open reduction? Osteotomy or not?...
    Getting the answers "right" is not just a question of recalling the facts...it's about presenting your thoughts in a manner that sounds professional, considered and thoughtful. This podcast discusses all these issues and gives you the pointers you need.
    You can book a place on Orthopaedic Research UK's one-day revision course in paediatric orthopaedics for the FRCS (Orth) exam here:
    ‘Paeds in one day’ FRCS (Tr & Orth) revision course | 25 March 2023 — Orthopaedic Research UK (oruk.org)

    • 26 min
    Congenital hand problems

    Congenital hand problems

    Most candidates hope they will never get asked about congenital hand "differences" (as they are referred to now), but because of their aetiology, associations, dramatic radiological imaging and clinical appearances, examiners find them hard to resist. But how much are you really expected to know about them? How do you describe/classify them nowadays? And how do you go about assessing a young child with such a problem when formal examination and tests are difficult or impossible to perform? Join us as we discuss all this and more with Lorenzo Garagnani, Consultant Hand Surgeon at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital and president of the Paediatric Hand International Society of Surgeons, and get a handle on how to make a good assessment of these potentially tricky cases in the exam.
    You can book a place on Orthopaedic Research UK's one-day revision course in paediatric orthopaedics for the FRCS (Orth) exam here:
    FRCS Paed-Ortho in a day — Orthopaedic Research UK (oruk.org)

    • 28 min
    Compartmentalisation, Anticipation and Guidance, and The Five D's...ninja techniques for oral exams

    Compartmentalisation, Anticipation and Guidance, and The Five D's...ninja techniques for oral exams

    We discuss exam techniques with Mr Rishi Dhir, Consultant Upper Limb Surgeon at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow and founder of letstalkdr.com, which specialises in teaching effective ways to present in oral orthopaedic exams. Hear about some novel and practical ways to structure your answers, move through the questions systematically, score well and even take control of the viva....change your mindset so the exam is more like an interview than a test.
    For more information on the techniques discussed here visit the website:
    Let's Talk Dr – FRCS Exam Courses And Orthopaedic Training Courses (letstalkdr.com)
    To join Orthopaedic Research UK's one day intensive course in paediatric orthopaedics for the FRCS (Orth) exam, follow this link:
    FRCS Paed-Ortho in a day — Orthopaedic Research UK (oruk.org)

    • 30 min
    Paediatric Spines

    Paediatric Spines

    The spectrum of paediatric spinal pathology is very different to that of adults, and requires a different approach and a different knowledge base. Because they are common, usually pain-free, and have good clinical signs and x rays, paediatric spinal cases are popular material in the FRCS(Orth) exam. But most candidates have not had the opportunity to gain a lot of clinical experience in paeds spines, and knowing how to impress the examiner can be hard. To discuss how to tackle this we are joined by Rex Michael, Consultant Spinal Surgeon at The Neuro Spinal Hospital in Dubai. Rex has a particular interest in paediatric spinal surgery having previously worked at the tertiary Sheffield Children's Hospital in the UK, and is also an examiner for the FRCS(Orth), so he is perfectly placed to advise candidates on what to learn and how to approach such cases.
    You can sign up for the course here:
    FRCS Paed-Ortho in a day — Orthopaedic Research UK (oruk.org)

    • 30 min
    The candidate's view

    The candidate's view

    Every candidate has choices to make about how to structure their revision. Should they join others and form a revision group? Are courses a good idea, and if so, which ones? Which topics should you concentrate on? And if you haven't done a paeds job as a trainee, how do you plug that gap? We are joined by Karen Shepherd who successfully passed the FRCS(Orth) in 2019, to hear her thoughts and advice on these issues, how she prepared, and about the cases she got in the exam.
    You can sign up for the course here:
    FRCS Paed-Ortho in a day — Orthopaedic Research UK (oruk.org)

    • 28 min
    Three top tips (each!) for passing the paeds stations

    Three top tips (each!) for passing the paeds stations

    Assessing paediatric cases in the exam can be daunting, especially if you have had only limited clinical exposure. The conditions, the solutions, the priorities and the clinical assessment are all very different to adult practice. In this podcast we share our top tips to remember when dealing with the paediatric cases and scenarios in the exam, based on what we have learned from teaching on revision courses for the past decade.
    You can sign up for the course here:
    FRCS Paed-Ortho in a day — Orthopaedic Research UK (oruk.org)

    • 22 min

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