Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 situation all courses for 2020 have been cancelled. BOFAS are currently working on putting together a webinar series to provide training - details will follow. If the pandemic situation allows we hope to resume the principles courses in 2021.
The BOFAS Education Committee sponsor and organise three principles courses per year:
BOFAS Principles Courses:
These courses are aimed at Higher Surgical Trainees / ST3 onwards and are designed to teach the core of Foot and Ankle surgery in an informal and interactive environment.
The emphasis is on clinical examination cases, discussion groups and typical day-to-day clinic scenarios.
Although not an exam preparation course, content is taught to the standard expected in the FRCS(Tr & Orth) exam; that of a day-one non-specialist orthopaedic consultant.
Typically the courses cover topics including:
- Clinical examination of the foot and ankle
- Forefoot disorders including rheumatoid arthrits
- Acquired flatfoot
- Hindfoot and ankle osteoarthritis
- Neuromuscular disorders
- Ankle arthroscopy & instability
- Heel pain and tendoachilles disorders
- Diabetic foot and Charcot arthropathy
- Lisfranc fractures
- Ankle fractures
- Pilon and hindfoot injuries
Clinical case presentations, group vivas and discussions are used to help candidates consolidate their knowledge of these topics.
At BOFAS we take delegate feedback very seriously and use it to constantly refine and improve the course.
Examples of feedback from recent courses:
I just wanted to write to say a big thank you to you, Mr Kakwani and the rest of the faculty for running such a a brilliant course. I had been on it as an ST3 and it was so good that I decided to go on it again this year in preparation for my Part 2 exams (even if it’s not officially advertised as an exam course), and indeed it did not disappoint.The faculty was brilliant, all very good teachers and were very patient. The range of patients and clinical cases seen were excellent. I think the structure and timings of the course were spot on - it was good to have lectures AM and practical sessions PM - I wouldn’t change a thing about the course structure! The faculty to candidate ratio was also perfect, especially with the cadaveric session.
I would still say it’s one of the best courses I’ve been on - I’ve told a lot of my colleagues about it in the past, and will continue to do so! Big thanks to all of you again. I’m sure I’ll see you at more BOFAS events in the future. (2019)
- Great course, thank you, will be recommending to colleagues. (Newcastle, 2016)
- A chance to learn from many experts (consultants). Learning on real patients with a real problems. Course content and great organisation. (Newcastle 2016)
- I am an ST5 trainee, I have been on many many courses and this is by some margin the best course I have ever been on, partly because I find Foot and Ankle complicated and difficult to grasp and this has been an intensive opportunity to work hard on my understanding. The opportunity to do so many supervised examinations of patients and have to convincingly demonstrate their pathology is invaluable to me. I particularly enjoyed the way that the patients were grouped together into disease types so that you had the chance to see the way a disease can present in subtly different ways e.g. hallux valgus. I had a number of epiphany moments were I suddenly understood things that had eluded me for some time. I also feel my examination skills got quite a bit better, although still room for improvement. I commend you to encourage you colleagues in other speciality societies to think if there would be an appetite to develop a similar course for their own specialities, particularly the more complex ones such as paeds, hands or spines. (Newcastle, 2016)
The BOFAS Principles course usually runs 3 times per year. At present this has been suspended due to COVID-19. The great advantage of this course is also one of its problems in the COVID era: the particpants and faculty meet and physically examine a lot of patient volunteers, some of whom are in the higher risk groups for COVID. We can not foresee this being safe by the time of the St Andrews course in January 2021 so regretfully this course will be postponed. The courses will be restarted as soon as it is safe for all to do so.
Upcoming courses are listed below (click on the links for more details)
- Guildford - 5-7 October 2020. Cancelled due to COVID-19
- St Andrews - Jan 2021. Cancelled due to COVID-19
- Poole - June 2021
- Sheffield - September 2021. Cadaveric course
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