BOFAS Principles Courses:
These courses are aimed at Higher Surgical Trainees in Trauma and Orthopaedics / 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
Prior to the course, delegates will be asked to book a day of private study leave and to view 8 hours of on-line lectures and complete a Principles 21 Learning Log. On the course, there will be a series of short lectures to consolidate knowledge as well as patient clinical examination sessions, case-based discussions and group vivas. Delegates are broken up into groups depending on training year so that sessions can be tailored to stage.
The BOFAS principles course usually runs 3 times per year and have restarted as of July 2021.
If possible, volunteer patients will be invited to the course for clinical examination practice and/or there will be simulated cases on a variety of pathologies covering the syllabus.
2 day course costs £300
3 day course, includes cadaveric lab, costs £500
Cancellation up to 8 weeks before the first day of the course forfeits 10% of course fee paid.
Cancellation 8 weeks or less pior to the first day of the course 100% of course fee. (subject to discretion by BOFAS council)
Failure to attend the course forfeits 100% of course fee.
The course will run subject to allowance in government rules relating to COVID-19. Should the course not run due to changes in rules restricting meetings, then the course fee will be refunded.
Details of upcoming courses can be found below. All courses will be advertised on BOFAS Twitter account.
Course registration will open a few months before the course date - please watch the latest news and events for details.
Go to the Education tab and then choose Course-registration.