Leicester FCEM Course Proves to Be Hugely Successful

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The 2nd Leicester FCEM Course of 2011 took place on 17th September and 22nd October 2011 at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

The Leicester FCEM Course (http://www.LeicesterFCEM.com) of Autumn 2011 took place on Saturday 17th September and Saturday 22nd October 2011 in the Clinical Skills Centre at Leicester Royal Infirmary. The Leicester FCEM Course is an examination preparation course for senior Emergency Medicine trainees who are sitting the College of Emergency Medicine's Fellowship examination (FCEM) to gain specialist recognition as Emergency Physicians.

Over the 2 days, the course involved 36 OSCE stations, 4 rounds of CTR vivas, 4 rounds of Management vivas, 43 candidates, 24 faculty members, 15 actors, 1 specialist skills instructor, and 3 corporate sponsors.

Some candidates were local to the Midlands, with others travelling to Leicester from as far afield as Aberdeen and Somerset. The faculty members included consultants and senior registrars from Leicester, Kettering, Nottingham, Derby, Chesterfield, Rotherham, Sheffield, Barnsley, Cambridge, Bury St. Edmunds and London.

In addition to the face-to-face instruction on the OSCE Day and the Viva Day, candidates were given individual advice on their Clinical Topic Reviews (CTRs) prior to CTR submission in July 2011.

Candidates also benefited from written Short Answer Question (SAQ) and Critical Appraisal components in August 2011 before the College of Emergency Medicine’s written exams.

Dr Mandar Marathe is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, and is the Course Director. He said, "This is the only FCEM course which covers all 5 components of the FCEM exam as well as offering candidates a comprehensive review of their CTR prior to the submission deadline."

He added, "Demand for a place on our FCEM course continues to outstrip our capacity to provide the vital training in examination technique that all candidates need. Almost one in every five FCEM examination candidates in the Autumn 2011 sitting has been through the Leicester FCEM Course on their way to the examination. We are looking at ways to increase the number of places on the course in 2012."

Judging from the candidate feedback, the course was a tremendous success. Photos from the OSCE Day are available at http://on.fb.me/fcem-osce-2011

The course organisers – Dr Mandar Marathe (Leicester Royal Infirmary), Dr Steven How (Rotherham General Hospital), Dr Chris Yap (Barnsley Hospital) & Dr Roger Dalton (Northern General Hospital, Sheffield) – would like to thank all the actors and faculty for their positive support in making the course a success.

The next Leicester FCEM Course will be held in early Spring 2012, in preparation for the Spring 2012 diet of the FCEM exam. Candidates should contact info(at)LeicesterFCEM(dot)com to register their interest in a place on the course.

Notes for Editors

Emergency Medicine is the medical specialty in which doctors care for patients with acute illnesses or injuries which require immediate medical attention. In the United Kingdom, the postgraduate training in Emergency Medicine consists of 2 years of general professional training after leaving medical school, followed by 3 years of training in acute specialities, and then 3-4 years of specialist training in Emergency Medicine.

The training programme culminates in the examination for Fellowship of the College of Emergency Medicine (FCEM) and the award of the Certificate of Completion of Training in Emergency Medicine. Doctors are then eligible to be listed on the General Medical Council's Specialist Register, and to work as consultants in hospital Emergency Departments.

The Leicester FCEM Course is a training course designed to help FCEM candidates gain the skills and examination technique required to pass the FCEM exam. Course dates, fees and further information is available at http://www.LeicesterFCEM.com

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