MRCS Performance by OMFS trainees: an update and call to action

  • Ricky Ellis
    Corresponding author.
    Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations Research Fellow, Institute of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB25 2ZD, United Kingdom
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  • Kaveh Shakib
    Medical Director, Consultant OMFS, The New Foscote Hospital, Honorary Professor, University of Buckingham Medical School, Honorary Associate Professor, University College London Medical School, Royal Free Campus, London NW3 2QG, United Kingdom
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  • Peter A Brennan
    Consultant OMFS, Honorary Professor of Surgery, Research Lead for the Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations, Department of Maxillo-Facial Surgery, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth PO6 3LY, United Kingdom
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Published:November 16, 2021DOI:


      Completion of the Intercollegiate Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) examination is a prerequisite for completion of specialty surgical training in UK. The aim of this study was to compare MRCS performance of OMFS trainees to trainees in other specialities over the past 13 years. Differential attainment (DA) was noted in MRCS Part A (MCQ) pass rates. There was no statistically significant difference in MRCS Part B pass rates. The reasons for this DA are currently unknown and require further investigation. It has been suggested that this may be due at least in part to competing time, family and financial obligations, which increase over time.


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