Core Surgical Training - Physiology 2 - Applied Physiology of Hypoxia and Hypercapnia and Respiratory Simulation

Category: Training - Core Training - Anatomy/Physiology

Date: November 28th 2023 2:00pm until 5:00pm

Location: School of Anatomy, 32 Southwell Street, Bristol BS2 8EJ in Training Room 1 and 2 BS2 8EJ

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Physiology 2Applied Physiology of Hypoxia and Hypercapnia and respiratory simulation  


This session will be held on Tuesday 28th November 2023 and repeated on Tuesday 5th December 2023. Please only register to attend ONEsession per subject.  


Overview of Physiology Sessions 

The sessions are designed to improve understanding of physiological and pathophysiological concepts as detailed below. They will consist of seminars, case study discussions, hands-on physiology demonstration and interactive Human Patient Simulator (HPS) demonstrations. The balance of activities in each of the four sessions will vary according to the topic being considered. 



Physiology 2: Applied physiology of hypoxia and hypercapnia 

Topics covered: 

  • Factors affecting delivery of oxygen to the tissues 

  • Respiratory cycle, lung volumes and dead space 

  • Oxyhaemoglobin dissociation curve 

  • Ventilation/perfusion matching 

  • Types of hypoxia 




Compulsory for all CT1s & (CT2's if you did not attend a session last year).  Priority will be given to those who have not yet passed MRCS.  



Each module for anatomy and physiology is normally run twice to allow choice for attendance. Please only book one option for each subject. Each module has places for a maximum of 20 trainees. 



Via the School of Surgery website.  Your details will be passed onto the University of Bristol (name, mobile and email address) for any supporting materials you may need in advance, and in the event of a late cancellation due to sickness.    



Anatomy and Physiology teaching to support learning for ISCP curriculum and for MRCS examinations. Emphasis is given to continuing professional education rather than ‘coaching’ for the MRCS examinations. 



4 anatomy modules and 4 physiology modules are delivered on Tuesdays, and it is advised that Core Trainees ensure that they combine anatomy and physiology teaching sessions where possible.   


Study Leave  

Anatomy and physiology teaching are linked by dates. Core Trainees are advised to take study leave for the whole day when attending both sessions.  



Trainees are expected to read up and study on the module topics before attendance in order to gain maximal educational benefit from the teaching. 


Venue Location & Contact  

School of Anatomy, 32 Southwell Street, Bristol BS2 8EJ 



Core trainees are advised to bring their own refreshments or to make their own arrangements for food and refreshments during the 1-hour gap between physiology and anatomy modules on Tuesdays at 13:00-14:00. There are numerous cafes and sandwich shops in the vicinity that are easily accessible during the short walk from the physiology venue to the anatomy venues. 



No car-parking arrangements are available at the University of Bristol, and the surrounding areas are for ‘residents-only’.  

There are NCP car parks available 10-15 minutes away by foot. Good bus and train links are available to Bristol and the University. Trainees are advised to plan their travel and if coming by car are advised to offer a lift to colleagues.   

For those travelling from the south of M5and coming off the motorway at Portbury, the Portbury Park and Ride or train service may be an option.  Similarly, for those coming from the North, Exit M32 and follow ring road around to Brislington and use Park and Ride  service.  This stops by Primark on the Horsefair and is then only a short walk up the hill to the University. 


Attendance outcomes 

A record of attendance will be kept by the University and passed onto NHS England.  Attendance details are provided to your Programme Directors and will be assessed at the yearly ARCPs.   Please ensure that you sign in on the day. 


Trainee feedback 

Trainees will be asked to provide anonymised online feedback after attendance on each module. This is important for the University and the School of Surgery to ensure that the standards of delivery and content of the teaching is maximized for future core trainees 



If you book a module and subsequently find you cannot attend, please email  SEVSurgerySchool.sw@hee.nhs.ukFailure to attend a module requires a trainee to complete an explanation form which is available from and is returnable by email if we are not advised in advance.  


Additional Information  

For additional information, see the Anatomy & Physiology section of the website 



In the event of any queries please contact Susan House or Rebecca Watson at NHS England.