Advancing paediatric surgery through education and research

Training the Trainers Day

31 Mar

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Birmingham Regional Centre

85 - 89 Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2BB, 31st March 2023

Target audience:

Consultants, clinical or educational supervisors, TPDs, who support trainees preparing for the FRCS exam / complete references for trainees preparing for the FRCS exam


To help trainers to best support and prepare their trainees for sitting the FRCS Section 1 exam

There has been a trend towards reducing pass rates for the FRCS Section 1 examination over the past few years, with a particularly low pass rate of just 14% in the last sitting. BAPS are trying to explore many options to aim to improve this. As discussed at the Winter Meeting, one of our goals is to update consultant supervisors on changes to the curriculum and the exam to help them to best support and prepare trainees for the Section 1 exam. This training day will cover the roles of the SAC and JCIE, updates to the curriculum in line with the Shape of Training review and how exam questions are written, reviewed and edited.


10-10.20 Coffee

10.20-10.30 Intro – Ewan Brownlee (BAPS Chair of Education Committee)

10.30-10.40 Controllable and uncontrollable factors in training a paediatric surgeon – Ian Sugarman (BAPS President)

10.40-11.00 New curriculum, Shape of Training, emergency safe surgeon – Liam McCarthy (BAPU President)

11.00-11.20 SAC – Milind Kilkarni (SAC Chair)

11.20-11.50 JCIE – Eleri Cusick (JCIE Chair)

11.50-12.00 Plan for afternoon / lunch – Ewan Brownlee

12.00-12.45 Lunch

12.45-13.45 Question writing – Emma Sidebotham (BAPS Lead for FCRS Paed Surg Part 1)

13.45-14.30 Group Discussion / Faculty Q&A

14.30-15.00 Plans for Ensuring Standardised Delivery of the Curriculum (Local/Regional/National) – Ewan Brownlee



BAPS member – Free

Non-BAPS member – £60 – in-person or virtual

Group rate (for three or more non-members using one device on virtual platform) – £150