Purpose of assessment
The Final FRCR (Part B) examination expects candidates to have a wide knowledge of malignant disease and the management of patients with cancer. The main emphasis is on radiotherapy and drug therapy, but a good knowledge of general medicine, surgery and gynaecology is expected. Candidates are examined against the Specialty Training Curriculum for Clinical Oncology and the syllabus. The Final FRCR Examination Purpose of Assessment statement details the examination's purpose, the required level of candidate training and the application of results. It is hoped that the statement will assist candidates, and those involved in their training, in understanding the scope of the FRCR examination and with relating the examination to other in-training assessments.
The Final FRCR (Part B) examination comprises a clinical and an oral examination; the scoring system document explains how each component is marked and overall results are determined. Further general information on the examination shows in the guidance notes.
Candidates who have passed the First FRCR examination and the Final FRCR (Part A) examination are permitted to attempt the Part B examination. A pass in the Final FRCR (Part A) examination remains valid, ie permits entry to the Part B examination, for three years, starting from the sitting at which the Part A examination is passed.
How to apply
Applicants should ensure they have read the guidance notes for applicants and the examination regulations before completing an online application. Frequently asked questions are also available. Applications are now open for the Spring 2018 sitting and will close on Friday 5 January 2018 at 4pm.
Dates and fees
The examination is normally held in April and October each year - specific UK dates and fee information is provided. A joint examination for the Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists and the Hong Kong College of Radiologists is held in Hong Kong in the Autumn. The dates are provided.
Demonstration films, sample questions and guidance
The College has created two demonstration films designed to provide an insight into the candidate experience and how the oral and clinical components are conducted.
Sample oral questions are provided, as are instructions for candidates to follow during the clinical and oral examinations. The Oncology Registrars' Forum (ORF) have prepared advice for candidates from trainees who have already sat the examination. The document has been drafted without input from the FRCR examiners and does not necessarily represent their views.
Generic examiners' reports are available as a guide to candidates and trainers preparing for future sittings of the examination – these include previous pass rate information from the Final FRCR examinations.