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The FRCR is the postgraduate examination of the Royal College of Radiologists. There are examinations for Clinical Radiology and Clinical Oncology.

Entry to a Training Scheme

Current requirements are that at least one year of post-registration training (ie SHO level) should have been completed, although many trainees have done more than this and usually possess a post-graduate examination in another speciality, for example MRCP or MRCS.

Examination Format (Clinical Radiology)

The examination consists of two parts, with the final FRCR being further subdivided into part A and part B. The two parts of the final fellowship cannot be taken at the same sitting. Part 1 must have been passed before the final FRCR part A can be attempted.

  • Part 1

MCQ. There is no longer a requirement to be in a training post to sit the part 1 examination. It covers UK ionising radiation legislation and basic clinical aspects of radiation physics and patient safety. The examination takes place three times per year. Only three attempts are allowed at this part of the examination.

  • Final FRCR Part A

MCQ. This is split into six modules.

     (1) Chest and cardiovascular
     (2) Musculoskeletal and soft tissue (including trauma)
     (3) Gastrointestinal (including hepatobiliary)
     (4) Genitourinary, adrenal, obstetrics and gynaecology and breast
     (5) Paediatrics
     (6) Neuroradiology (including spine) and head and neck (including ENT, dental and eyes)

Each module consists of a separate MCQ paper sat over two days, with the examination taking place twice per year. There is no limit to the number of modules which can be taken at once. It may be attempted after 18 months in a clinical radiology training post provided the part 1 examination has been passed. There is no limit to the number of attempts at each module, and once a module has been passed there is no requirement to retake it.

  • Final FRCR Part B

This comprises

    *A reporting session
    *A rapid reporting session
    *Two oral examinations

In the oral examinations the candidates are examined by two pairs of examiners, who are clinical radiologists. The three components are held during a single week, twice per year. It can be attempted after three years in a clinical radiology training post, provided that the part A modules have all been completed successfully. If a candidate fails any one component, all three components must be retaken.

Useful Links

The Royal College of Radiologists

The Society of Radiologists in Training