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Anatomy for the FRCA

A one-day course for the Primary and Final FRCA, available in St AndrewsCardiff and Leeds.

Anatomy questions are asked in all parts of the FRCA examinations. The syllabus is vast and the standard of anatomy revision material can vary considerably. To that end we have created an accurate and reliable anatomy resource tailored to the needs of FRCA candidates.

  • For anaesthetists at any stage of exam preparation
  • Faculty of experienced anatomists and anaesthetists
  • Live sonoanatomy explained on models & cadavers
  • Anatomy for the FRCA book included
GE Healthcare

Course information

Course dates

  • Cardiff: February 2022
  • St Andrews: May 2022
  • Leeds: Oct 2022

Course duration

One day

Course programme

09:00 Registration
09:30 Intro
09:45 Pre-course questions review
10:45 OSCE
11:45 Break
12:00 OSCE review
13:00 Lunch
14:00 SOEs
15:30 Break
15:45 Sonoanatomy
16:45 Close

Course type

Certificate of Completion (non-credit bearing)

Teaching format

This one-day course will be delivered in person by an expert faculty of anatomists and anaesthetists, using cadaveric specimens and models to deliver high quality teaching.  It will also utilise live ultrasound scanning alongside these anatomical resources to cover anatomy relevant to regional anaesthesia. Places are limited to allow essential one to one interaction between faculty and delegate.

Entry requirements

For anaesthetists at any stage of FRCA exam preparation

Learning outcomes

The course and accompanying book will prepare you for a comprehensive range of anatomy topics and is suitable for both the Primary and Final FRCA.

Co-authored and delivered by

James Bowness

Dr James Bowness

Consultant Anaesthetist, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Alasdair Taylor

Alasdair Taylor

Consultant Anaesthetist, NHS Tayside

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School of Medicine, University of St Andrews




School of Medicine, University of Leeds



Anatomy for the FRCA

Anatomy questions are asked in all parts of the FRCA examinations, and for many trainees it is a particularly daunting part of the exams. This important new book provides a comprehensive, exam orientated clinical anatomy book for anaesthetists preparing for all parts of the FRCA.

It covers all body regions, relating underlying anatomy to practical procedures and anatomical principles, spanning the breadth of the curriculum and comprising exam-style questions:

  • SAQ questions
  • OSCE stations
  • SOE questions
  • MCQs.

The text is highly illustrated in full colour with ultrasound images, diagrams and photographs of cadaveric material and models. This is the first anatomy book specifically orientated for the FRCA exam, making it an essential resource for anaesthetists preparing for all parts of the FRCA examination.

Anatomy for the FRCA book cover