The courses are intended to supplement training given in the laboratory and at local level. They are aimed at clinical biochemists studying for FRCPath. However, clinical biochemists who wish to refresh their knowledge will be encouraged to attend. The courses are held twice a year and are of one week duration.
The subject matter of each course covers five areas: (a) clinical biochemistry (b) analytical techniques (c) workshop based skills (d) management (e) appreciation of related disciplines.
The clinical biochemistry sessions will assume a basic knowledge of normal biochem- istry and physiology and focus on more detailed discussion of the pathophysiology of disease states. Ample opportunity will be given to highlight clinical aspects of disease states and case presentations will be included.
The section covering analytical techniques will concentrate on the basic principles of techniques, and particular problems associated with their use in clinical biochemistry.
Basic analytical techniques will not be covered. The discussion of management topics will provide the trainee with an insight into the operation and management of the laboratory in the broader context of the National Health Service.
Active participation of delegates will be expected in discussion and workshop sessions including individual contributions. Some preparatory work will be required in advance of each course.
Application will be available from the ACB Office.
The location of the next series of courses is as follows: