Course

Our first FRCEM Primary Course will be on 5-6 November 2016 in Cambridge. The course lasts for two days and combines interactive seminars covering key aspects of the syllabus, practice sessions under exam conditions and small group supervisions.

The following is included:

  • 12 CPD points and a certificate of attendance
  • Our two-day intensive FRCEM Primary Course course, with
    • 16 lectures over 2 days, delivered by experts in preclinical medicine
    • University of Cambridge-style supervisions on the Saturday evening in physiology and anatomy
  • All course materials, including
    • notes for all lectures
    • flashcards covering sections of the MCEM basic sciences syllabus
    • 3 practice papers
    • an online subscription to Instant Anatomy
    • Refreshments, including
    • coffee, tea and snacks throughout both days
    • buffet dinner on the Saturday evening
    • lunch and afternoon tea

Our provisional agenda is as follows:

Day 1 Day 2
08:30 Registration with tea & coffee
08:55 Introduction & Welcome
09:00 Anatomy – Thorax & Abdomen 08:30 Anatomy – Lower Limb
10:30 Break 09:30 Break
10:45 Anatomy – Head & Neck 09:45 Anatomy – Upper Limb
11:45 Break 11:00 Break
12:00 Physiology – Cellular 11:15 Pharmacology – CVS
12:45 Physiology – Cardiovascular 12:15 Pharmacology – CNS
13:30 Lunch 13:15 Lunch
14:30 Physiology – Renal 14:15 Microbiology A
15:15 Physiology – Respiratory 15:15 Microbiology B
16:00 Break
16:15 Physiology – Endocrine 16:30 Certificates & Feedback
16:45 Practice Paper 16:45  End
17:25 Exam & Revision Tips
18:00 Dinner & Supervisions*

*Supervisions are open discussion groups in Anatomy and Physiology, a key feature of teaching at the University of Cambridge that makes it so successful. They are an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the subjects you find most challenging with the lecturers in an informal setting.

We have structured our course to reflect the distribution of questions across topics in the exam (see below) but with a particular emphasis on topics that students find particularly challenging. Since over two thirds of the exam will be focused on anatomy and physiology, this is also where we focus our attention.

Anatomy 60 questions 33%
Physiology 60 questions 33%
Pharmacology 27 questions 15%
Microbiology 18 questions 10%
Pathology 9 questions 5%
Evidence-based medicine 6 questions 3%
TOTAL 180 questions