On the 18th November 2016, I attended the Royal College of Surgeons Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations (ICBSE) Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) Committee meeting. This was an insightful meeting where its members worked tirelessly to ensure that every aspect of the MRCS examination is run fairly and equally regardless of college or country. Discussions regarding examiner training in equality and diversity were raised and all examiners must now complete the appropriate training prior to acting as examiner.

Furthermore, a motion was passed to include a representative of BOTA to sit on the MRCS OSCE working group to offer assistance in setting the musculoskeletal examination stations. This is both an honour and a privilege for BOTA to represent all surgical trainees at this level and we are looking forwards to working with the Royal College of Surgeons.