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Fully approved for Study Leave by West Midlands Deanery - course costs can be reimbursed from your study leave budget.Key Points: MRCGP CSA Preparation Course
- Intensive preparation for the MRCGP CSA exam
- Maximum of 8 at the course (up to 4 per practice group) - with at least 3 mock CSA cases each
- Learn how examiners mark and develop techniques to boost your scores
- Learn the common reasons for failure and how to avoid them
- Mock simulated consultations with professional actors
- Plenty of individual practice with detailed feedback
- Wide range of challenging CSA cases
- Demonstrations of best practice for challenging areas
- Ideal for anyone in ST3 that want to learn the key skills to pass the CSA well
- Also suitable for doctors preparing for the simulated surgery as part of the Induction and Refresher (I+R) scheme
- 9.30am - 6.15pm
- CPD - 7 hours / 7 Credits
1 day course covering the key theory and practice you need to pass the CSA - including the NEW RCGP CSA Marking scheme and scoring. Practise with trained role players (just like in the real exam). Maximum 8 delegates, with both male and female simulated patients
. The small practice groups of up to 4 allow you to get plenty of practice (at least 3 mock CSA cases each)
, with detailed individual feedback and recommendations on how to improve your technique.
We recommend attending this course as early as possible
- this will allow more time to practise the techniques you will learn and improve on the feedback areas you receive in your individual mock cases. The skills you will gain at the course will help you with everyday consulting as well as preparing you for the CSA examination. MAXIMUM 8 per course! Please book early to avoid disappointment
This course is run in small practice groups of up to 4, with an emphasis on practising consultations with trained role players to give you a feel for the real exam. It will cover the necessary theory and background to help you pass the CSA.
The course covers:
* Mark scheme for the CSA in depth (including the NEW RCGP CSA mark scheme
) - how to hit all the criteria + common reasons for failing a case
* Communication and consultation skills - theory and practical
* Essential examinations and equipment - which examinations you need to focus on, and the equipment you need to be familiar with
* Breaking bad news - a structured approach
* Dealing with difficult patients, ethical dilemmas and medicolegal issues
There will be several practice sessions where you will be able to experience consultations with professionally trained medical role players, as well as the chance to get individual feedback. Practice makes perfect! Each candidate will have at least 3 mock CSA stations with individual feedback
The Course Director and main speaker is Dr Mahibur Rahman. He is a Portfolio GP in Birmingham and a Consultant in Medical Education. He passed the CSA with merit after passing every case, and his article on 10 Tips to pass the CSA was published in InnovAit. He has helped thousands of doctors succeed in their Membership examinations since 2006. He has been involved in helping GP trainers prepare their registrars for the CSA
through the MRCGP CSA for Trainers
course. You can find out more about him HERE.
09.40 Welcome and Introduction to the CSA
10.20 Communication and Consultation Skills
11.15 Break for refreshments
11.30 Consultation Practice Session 1
12.50 Feedback on cases
14.05 Essential examinations and equipment
14.25 Consultation Practice Session 2 and feedback
16.10 Consultation Practice Session 3 and feedback
17.45 Breaking Bad News
18.00 Final Tips and Q and A
*Hot buffet lunch provided - there will be halal and vegetarian options availableCourse Feedback
Feedback from our previous courses:
"Small number of candidates, lots of practice cases was fantastic. Feedback was very helpful, I'd recommend this course to friends"
"The practice consultations (and actors) were excellent."
"Very constructive feedback about how to add marks and improve performance + body language."
"Excellent course. Really like the practice sessions with actors and feedback. Valuable tips on exactly what the examiners are looking for."
"I came to you when I struggled with my GPST entry exam and AKT and on both occasions, I passed after attending your courses. I came to you again after failing the CSA three times and through your help I passed the exam at the fourth attempt. I am so excited with the result and remain very grateful to you and your team."Dr K O - CSA Dec 2017
"Thank you for all your support throughout my GP training. I have been to every course of yours from GP entry. Unfortunately, I came to you after I failed my first attempt. I emailed you and you gave me so much encouragement. With your input I was successful this time. I got 84.
"Dr H H - CSA Dec 2017
"Both my fiancé and I passed with scores of 85 and 98 respectively which we are really pleased with!
Thank you very much for your help at the course - it definitely altered our ongoing preparation and was key to our success on the day."Dr A B - CSA Oct 2017
"I'm pleased to say I passed the CSA with the score of 87. This is my first attempt.
Thank you for all your support and help. Your course was fantastic. I also used your online CSA material- extremely helpful
. You have been part of my GP training since I started thinking of GP training. Thank you again for all your support."Dr P N - CSA Oct 2017
"I'm pleased to say I passed comfortably with a score of 80
. I think attending the course prepared me very well for the exam
. Our role plays were much more emotionally challenging than the actual exam which meant I remained calm throughout. I found the information around the exam setup and the key useful phrases and feedback on our individual role plays very helpful
. Definitely recommend it."DR Y S - CSA May 2017
"Many thanks Dr Rahman, I'm still in shock after seeing the result, I passed!
I never thought I would pass it as I heard all sort of things about the IMG's, your course got me back on track and I am so grateful
. I wish I attended your course earlier on. Many thanks."Dr V S - CSA May 2017
"I passed! I scored 95 points
. Thanks for your help, the course was excellent."Dr A T - CSA Jan/Feb 2017
"I went to your course in early January, less then a month before my fourth attempt
. I was not confident, felt low and felt that I will fail and will not get the membership. After your course, I started to build my confidence and followed the advice during the course
. I am happy to say that I passed, from 65 to 81 in my final attempt
! Thank you so much to everyone at the course! Would highly recommend this course
to everyone!"Dr S N - CSA Jan/Feb 2017 - Resit Candidate
"I attended the Emedica course having done very little preparation
and not completely aware of what the exam entailed. Thank you for the course and the encouragement you gave. As a result, Alhamdulilah I passed with a score of 94
."Dr R A - CSA Jan/Feb 2017
"I have attended several of your courses and they have always been fantastic. I have passed the CSA exam - no doubt your preparation course played a huge role
in that."Dr V R - CSA Jan/Feb 2017
"Thank you very much for your fantastic teaching...I passed yay, 94 out of 117.
" Dr C N - CSA Dec 2016
"I am very pleased to have passed the CSA
with a score of 90
. Thanks for all your help." Dr J R- CSA October 2016
"I passed the CSA
, thanks a lot. I found the course very useful, especially the cases and the feedback
and I used the CARE model for my consultations."Dr A T - CSA October 2016
"I'm pleased to be able to tell you that I "passed my CSA
(first sitting) with a score of 96
. Dr C T - CSA May 2016
"I passed (2nd attempt) with a score of 89
(previously 73) - I felt that your course really helped me prepare well.
Thank you very much."Dr S L - CSA May 2016 - Resit Candidate
"I wanted to let you know that I've passed my CSA
last week. I do believe that the Emedica course was a very useful part of my preparation and it most certainly contributed to my success
in passing this exam. You run a fantastic course and most certainly I will recommend
it to others!Dr C G - CSA May 2016
"I am so thankful to Dr Rahman and Alistair for their honest and constructive feedback
on this course. I passed my CSA
first time with a score of 92
. I did this course 4 days before my exam and it shook my false sense of security and allowed me to sharpen the areas that needed work to pass with flying colours
. I am forever indebted. Thank goodness for your commitment in moulding the future of excellent GPs. Well done to the whole emedica team."Dr S C - CSA March 2016
"I passed my CSA with a score of 94! Your course definitely helped me achieve this
so thanks again!"Dr N T - CSA January 2016I passed the CSA with a mark of 99/117
, no 'x's in feedback. I attended all of your courses since GP entry and have found them invaluable."Dr H A CSA January 2016
I am delighted to say that I passed CSA with a grade of 86 and no feedback statements crossed
- very happy, thanks for your help on the course!"Dr L S CSA January 2016
"I passed with 97
and I am thrilled. Your course was really useful to help mentally tie up the CSA examination as a whole package.
I have been really grateful for the ongoing email encouragement, support and advice." Dr J C- CSA May 2015
"I just wanted to let you know that I passed the CSA
with a score of 99/117
. Thank you so much for your excellent and very professional
yet friendly revision course. I found it extremely useful." Dr G C - CSA April 2015
"Thank you for all your help and guidance.
I just found out that I passed
with a score of 93
and would definitely recommend your preparation course
to everyone as I really felt it was a useful way to prepare for the CSA."Dr A A - CSA March 2015
"Thank you so much for all of your help and advice
I managed to get 105 out of 117!
Couldn't quite believe it! I hope your well. I hope to come to the life beyond training day that you do as well so will see you then. It seems only yesterday that I came to your "getting into GP training" course!"Dr S I CSA February 2015
"I'm very happy to say I passed
the exam with a score of 98.
I went on the Emedica course to help get into GP training, and it seems fitting that it helped me out the other side too. I found both courses very useful and helpful revision tools. However, the key thing I took away from both was your relentless energy, positivity
and desire to teach
us the very best you could. Long may you continue inspiring the next generation of young doctors and GPs of the future."Dr B M CSA February 2015
"I am glad to report that I passed my CSA
on my first attempt
. I wanted to thank you and your team for your help. My gratitude extends beyond the mere CSA course. Emedica has been with me throughout my GPST training and has been absolutely integral to my progress and development
." Dr S A - CSA January 2015
"Thank you so much, you all helped build my confidence for my retake. I passed easily this time (second attempt), after doing this course, and I feel certain that you were instrumental in my success. The actors are absolutely brilliant and highly experienced in CSA scenarios. They and Dr Rahman will give you individual feedback on each scenario you do, and if you take this on board you will get to the crux of what is needed to pass. The tutorials in this intensive day are excellent
, and if you listen and learn you will succeed in passing. I would recommend Dr Rahman and his CSA course to anyone who seeks extra tuition in getting through this stressful exam. I only did one course, this one, and I would say there is no need to go anywhere else."Dr W S - Resit CSA May 2014 - 2nd Attempt
"I passed with 104.
Thanks again for your help; I will certainly be recommending your courses to those coming through after me."Dr J S - CSA February 2014
"I would like to thank you and your team in helping me to pass the CSA. This was my first sitting
. I was a bit anxious and felt it may have been premature to sit the exam so early in my ST3 year. However I attended your course and found it very useful. There was a strong emphasis on communication skills, involving challenging cases which was outside of my comfort zone. This feedback given by your team helped me to reflect and modify my consultation style which has helped in my consultations at work and in the CSA. I passed with a mark of 94 out of 117
(pass mark 74)."Dr A I - CSA November 2013
"Just to let you know I passed the CSA with 101
. I had never expected to score so highly and am thrilled. I've attended every Emedica course from applying for GP training to CSA and have found all of them so valuable for preparing for each stage with reliable useful material not just to pass but to pass with high marks
. The CSA course in particular gave me really honest feedback
which I worked on for the 2 months before my CSA. Thanks so much for all your encouragement and enthusiasm along the way."Dr J B - CSA May 2013
"I passed the CSA at the first attempt and scored 99/117
with a completely clean-sheet of formative feedback (no crosses over the 13 cases
). The Emedica CSA preparation course I attended in London was absolutely key in my preparation
. The detailed feedback I received clearly and constructively identified my areas of weakness and enabled me to develop a more focused approach to make the most of each case
, even if I was running short of time. I would recommend the Emedica CSA course to any candidate wanting to make the very best of their first attempt at the exam. I have already advised registrar colleagues to book a place as a priority. I am so grateful for your clear and supportive advice. "Dr A H - CSA March 2013
"I Passed with 100 out of 117.
I have attended emedica courses from getting in to GP training to AKT courses and can't thank you enough for your guidance and support. I always recommend your courses to my colleagues and will do so again. I shall see you again on "Life after CCT." Dr S C - CSA February 2013
"Alhamdulillah, I have passed my first attempt with 92 marks
; pass mark being 75 on my day. The great thing is I have no crosses on my feedback statement either! JazakAllah for all your help and support. I have always found your advice most valuable. I remember being so poorly when I attended your course, yet still found it beneficial." Dr S A - CSA 2012
"I was delighted to find out I passed the exam today. The pass mark for my day was 72. I scored 100/117
with only 2 areas of 'formative feedback. Many thanks for your best wishes, support and wonderful course. I'm so pleased I chose to study with Emedica again!" Dr S W - CSA 2010