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:
- 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.
Upcoming courses are listed below (click on the links for more details)
Enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Oxford - 8-9 January 2019: This course is now full Flyer
- Exeter - 19-20 June 2019. Applications open 19 January
- Southampton - 16-18 September 2019. Applications open 19 June