MRCS(ENT) OSCE Course for Manned and Unmanned Stations - ONLINE

This online course is intended to prepare delegates appearing for the OSCE (Part B) of the Intercollegiate MRCS(ENT)/DOHNS Examination. The course, designed and delivered by an experienced group of tutors from the highly regarded and well established Cardiff MRCS Courses, covers all relevant and important topics in the MRCS(ENT)/DOHNS OSCE syllabus. The course is delivered in a manner that will enable the delegate to gain a thorough understanding of all the pertinent topics as well as appreciating the nuances of communication and examination skills. The course covers the high-yield and commonly tested areas in Basic and Clinical Knowledge, Communication Skills, and Examination and Assessment. The full list of topics can be seen at the bottom of this page. In addition, the course also covers 70 simulated OSCE stations in the format that’s tested in the exam.

With more than 15 hours of teaching that includes 36 focused videos and 70 simulated OSCE stations, this online course is equivalent to attending a 4-day MRCS(ENT) course.

List of Topics

Basic and Clinical Knowledge

  • Audiology Assessment
  • Anatomy of the Ear
  • Anatomy of the Nose & Paranasal Sinuses
  • Balance
  • Ear - Clinical Scenarios
  • Nose - Clinical Scenarios
  • Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology of the Head/Skull – Section 1
  • Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology of the Head/Skull – Section 2
  • Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology of the Head/Skull – Section 3
  • Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology of the Head/Skull – Section 4
  • Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology of the Head/Skull – Section 5
  • Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology of the Head/Skull – Section 6
  • Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology of the Face – Section 1
  • Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology of the Face – Section 2
  • Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology of the Neck – Section 1
  • Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology of the Neck – Section 2
  • Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology of the Neck – Section 2
  • Surgical Anatomy and Surgical Pathology of the Neck – Section 4
  • Thyroid Pathologies and Cancers

Examination and Assessment

  • Examination of the Ears
  • Examination: Dix-Hallpike Manoeuvre
  • Examination: Flexible Naso Endoscopy
  • Examination: Unterberger test
  • Examination: Romberg Test

Communication Skills – Consent

  • Consenting – Insertion of Grommet
  • Consenting – Superficial Parotidectomy
  • Consenting – Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)

Communication Skills – Breaking Bad News

  • Breaking Bad News – Change of Voice and Difficulty Swallowing
  • Breaking Bad News – Cancer of the Thyroid
  • Breaking Bad News – Dead Ear

Communication Skills – Information Gathering

  • Information Gathering (History Taking) – Dizziness
  • Information Gathering (History Taking) – Vertigo
  • Information Gathering (History Taking) – Anosmia
  • Information Gathering (History Taking) – Foreign Body in Throat

Communication Skills – Information Giving

  • Information Giving – Cholesteatoma
  • Information Giving – Glue Ear

OSCE Stations

  • Child with Decreased Hearing
  • Adult with Decreased Hearing
  • Inner Ear (1)
  • Pinna
  • Hearing Loss due to Tumour
  • Inflammation of Throat
  • Instruments
  • Skull Base (1)
  • Skull Base (2)
  • Facial Infection
  • Foreign Body Nose
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Stridor
  • Head Injury
  • Ear Pathology (1)
  • Surgery of Head and Neck (1)
  • Neck Swelling
  • Inner Ear (2)
  • Vertigo
  • Chronic Rhinosinusitis
  • Neck Dissection
  • Septal Perforation
  • Baby with Stridor
  • Nasal Cavity
  • Sore Throat
  • Febrile Child with Otalgia
  • Facial Pathology
  • Post-Operative Redness and Swelling of Eye
  • Ear Pathology (2)
  • Audiology
  • Epistaxis (1)
  • Epistaxis (2)
  • Ear Pain and Itch (1)
  • Ear Pain and Itch (2)
  • Audiograms
  • Tracheostomy (1)
  • Tracheostomy (2)
  • Tympanometry
  • Painful Facial Swelling (1)
  • Painful Facial Swelling (2)
  • Larynx (1)
  • Larynx (2)
  • Hearing aids
  • Choking and Coughing in Child
  • Post Tonsillectomy Bleed in a Child
  • Surgery of Head and Neck (2)
  • Thyroid
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Cavernous sinus
  • Head Anatomy
  • Cleft Lip
  • Cleft Palate
  • Adenoidectomy (2)
  • Otosclerosis
  • Dislodgement of a Tracheo-oesophageal Prosthesis
  • Lacrimal System
  • Cochlear Implantation
  • Thyroid Gland
  • Organ of Corti
  • Trisomy 21 (Down's syndrome)
  • Foreign Body Throat
  • Preauricular Sinus
  • Second Branchial Cleft Anomalies
  • Choanal Atresia
  • Fractured Nasal Bones
  • Myringotomy and Microscope Setting
  • Eustachian Tube (ET)
  • Neck Anatomy
  • Instruments used in ENT Surgical Procedures
  • Subglottic Stenosis

Format of the Course

  • Discussion of Clinical Conditions Using Clinical Images
  • Discussion of Clinical Case Scenarios
  • Management Principles Based on Current Evidence and Guidelines
  • Discussion of Pathology, Diseases and Management
  • Highlighting Anatomical Facts Using Images, Drawings and Prosections
  • Explaining Anatomical Concepts
  • Discussion of Relevant Osteology
  • Scenarios on Information Giving
  • Scenarios on Information Gathering
  • Scenarios on Breaking Bad News
  • Scenarios on Consenting for Operations
  • OSCE Stations - Question and Answer Format


It’s was really useful and also very relevant so thank you so much for giving us all the tips and a full run through before the big day!

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS trust, United Kingdom
19th October 2019, Cardiff

I find OSCE practice the most valuable part of course, as well as written questions. I revised every question from those two booklets and I believe I answered a good amount of questions because of that. The only thing what I would probably suggest to change is the time the course held. I was looking for similar course like 1 month in advance to have time for revision. The course I attended was 2-3 days before exam and I believe I would perform better if I had 1-2-3 weeks in between. So, overall I would like to thank the team for friendliness and motivation! Really enjoyed that!

South West Acute Hospital, Northern Ireland
1st June 2019, Cardiff

Nose examination was tested in the exam. Overall, the course was very helpful and helped a lot know the structure of the exam. Manned stations were especially important, and the mock exam too.

Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain
16th February 2019, Cardiff

It help me passing the exam I liked the exam simulation The powerpoint presentations were not so informative

Kafr Eldawar General Hospital, Egypt
16th February 2019, Cardiff

Lectures were a very high standard. Mock stations were also very useful. Would definitely recommend to anyone sitting DOHNS.

Royal Derby Hospital
20th October 2018, Cardiff


Very friendly approachable faculty with excellent teaching skills. Perhaps a bit more time to practice the communication stations (but I appreciate that you offer additional days for this.) Overall I cannot think of many improvements, thank you so much for the day.

Milton Keynes General Hospital
20th October 2018, Cardiff


I very much enjoyed the practical skills and the sessions given by Darren. Darren is a very engaging teacher and his teaching style was well received throughout the cohort. I felt extremely reassured by the presentation and really appreciated hearing from a recent successful candidate about her experiences.

Royal Gwent hospital
20th October 2018, Cardiff


Overall a very succinct and helpful one-day course. Not too bombarded with info, but enough to cover all the main topics.

Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow
20th October 2018, Cardiff


The course was accurately structured to cover important topics. It was well scheduled and time fixed for each session was appropriate. It was a very good learning experience. I am very impressed with theattitude of the teachers which was very encouraging. I have recommended this course to all those whoplan to appear for the coming exam.

Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital, New Delhi
26th May 2018, Cardiff

The communication group sessions were the most useful part of the day. Great organisation of the day,the registrar was the most helpful and detailed in his explanations with relevance to our exam; ratherthan just teaching based on their own clinical knowledge and practice.

Leicester Royal Infirmary Hospital
26th May 2018, Cardiff

An excellent course. Very helpful, friendly knowledgeable faculty. Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Feel a lot more confident for part 2 now. Thanks again!

Mayo University Hospital
3rd February 2018, Cardiff

In one day you covered almost the entire topic in a well structured manner. Gave enough time to interact and clear our doubts. The thing I liked the most is you made each one of us practice our communicationstations and corrected our mistakes.

KIMS Alshifa Healthcare Pvt Ltd, Perinthalmanna, Kerala
20th May 2017, Cardiff

I will certainly recommend must have course before appearing in Exam especially for overseas doctors who don't know the UK system especially the final session of 2 hour drill of exam gave you confidence inthe real exam and they tell you your mistakes in the feedback.

Shalamar Hospital Lahore Pakistan
20th May 2017, Cardiff

Very nicely structured . Specially the communication skills part really helped during the exam.

Primus SuperSpeciality Hospital, New Delhi
4th February 2017, Cardiff

I just want to say that i pass the exam and get very high score thank you soo much for all the team .Special greating to dr haider .

Private in oman
15th October 2016, Cardiff

The breadth of topics which were covered was good. The anatomy station was very good, especially base of skull.

Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester
15th October 2016, Cardiff

Very useful and well organised. Teaching on the whole excellent by faculty, many of whom had sat DOHNS fairly recently. The sessions on clinical examination were excellent and prepared me well for theexam, as did the communication sessions - good to know what is expected and level of detail etc.

Warwick Hospital, Warwick
15th October 2016, Cardiff

The contents of the course were good & relevant. The presentations were clear. Would be recommendingit to others preparing for the exam.

Southampton General Hospital, Southampton
21st May 2016, Cardiff

Excellent course. Great faculty who were very approachable and friendly. Toby Moorhouse = legend.David Smith = legend. Thank you.

Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury
21st May 2016, Cardiff

The course was excellent and provided good value for money. I will definitely recommend it to my friends.

Luton & Dunstable Hospital, Luton
21st May 2016, Cardiff

Good course and faculty. High quality and relevant presentations. The topics covered were appropriatefor exam preparation.

Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre, Birmingham
21st May 2016, Cardiff

High standard of faculty. Relevant for exam preparation. Content of the course was excellent. Thank you.

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen
21st May 2016, Cardiff

Where the gaps in my knowledge were. The course was well organised and the tutors were approachableand knowledgeable.

Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury
21st May 2016, Cardiff

This was a very useful course, an eye opener and aptly held a few days before the exam. The faculty managed to cater for those sitting for the upcoming exams and also those who have just startedpreparation. They gave an excellent insight into the exam and were very encouraging to everyone.

Sundaram Medical Foundation
21st May 2016, Cardiff

I like that, although it was a long day, it was all delivered in one day eliminating the need for 2 nights hotel stay which is great as exams can get really expensive.

University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool
21st May 2016, Cardiff

The breadth of topics which were covered was good. The anatomy station was very good, especiallybase of skull.

Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester
21st May 2016, Cardiff

Really great course. Packed a lot in. Good for revision purposes. Good to practice via mock.

Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Blackpool
21st May 2016, Cardiff

Very useful and well organised. Teaching on the whole excellent by faculty, many of whom had satDOHNS fairly recently. The sessions on clinical examination were excellent and prepared me well for theexam, as did the communication sessions - good to know what is expected and level of detail etc.

Warwick Hospital, Warwick
21st May 2016, Cardiff

An excellent course. Especially the communication part is excellent and gave me a lot of confidence afterthe course.

Southampton General Hospital, UK
6th February 2016, Cardiff

Very relevant. We had to perform vestibular assessment in the exam, which we had covered. Particularlygood, for me, was knowing the setup for the communication stations. Really excellent. A long day but niceto cover everything in one go. Great faculty, very helpful and encouraging.

Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke, UK
17th October 2015, Cardiff

Overall, of some use, particularly with the communication stations. An optional extra day just on theory would be very helpful.

Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, UK
25th May 2015, Cardiff

All aspects of the course were helpful and well organised, well paced and the mock exam helped buildconfidence in communication skills.

University College Hospital, London, UK
7th February 2015, Cardiff

The teachers were very encouraging and helpful and the mock exam was extremely useful as well. Iespecially liked the punctuality and the time management as well.

Aga Khan University Hospital, Pakistan
7th February 2015, Cardiff

The practical sessions were extremely useful and very informal. The skull base session was veryuseful.

Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, UK
7th February 2015, Cardiff

It was an excellent day. Very well organised and all the faculty members were easily approachable andhelpful.

University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool, UK
7th February 2015, Cardiff

I highly recommed this informative course for any DOHNS candidates, especially for an overseas candidate.

Martyr Gazi Alhariry Specialized Surgical Hospital/Medical City Complex, Iraq
10th May 2014, Cardiff

I found the anatomy sessions particularly useful. The mock OSCE gave me an idea of what the exam would be like, and the communication skill sessions highlighted what the examiners are looking for. It was a confidence boosting day altogether. All the staff were very professional and exceptionally helpful. Thanks!

Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, UK
10th May 2014, Cardiff

Excellent course. Very useful exam preparation particularly the practice OSCE at the end of the day. Faculty very approachable and helpful.

Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK
10th May 2014, Cardiff

Generally a very good course. All in all, good course and seems to be better value than others around. Many thanks.

Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK
10th May 2014, Cardiff

I though the course was on the whole excellent - it was very focused to the learning needed to pass the DOHNS and the opportunity to practice OSCE’s and to do a mock exam was very helpful. I will certainly go into the exam much better prepared.

University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK
10th May 2014, Cardiff

You can access the resource for a period of 42 (6 weeks), 56 (8 weeks) or 84 days (12 weeks). The course fee is available in the registration page.