The Final FRCR (Part A) 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 (Part A) examination comprises two papers of 120 single best answer (SBA) questions. Further general information on the examination shows in the guidance notes.
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.
How to apply
Applicants should ensure they meet the entry requirements by reading the examination regulations before applying online. Examination and application dates are available in the dates and fees document.
Dates and contact information are available for the joint examination for the Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists and the Hong Kong College of Radiologists, held in Hong Kong in the Autumn.
Examiners regularly review the Sample SBA questions and candidate reference sheet for use during the examintion. A copy of the answer sheet is provided, along with examination instructions which candidates are expected to follow.
The Oncology Registrars' Forum (ORF) have prepared advice for candidates from trainees who have already sat the examination. Generic examiners' reports are available as a guide to candidates and trainers preparing for future sittings of the examination.
From 2018, the Final Examining Board suggests that candidates prepare for the examination using TNM version 8. The examiners are, however, aware that previous versions remain in common use around the country and will generally use questions where trainees more familiar with TNM version 7 are still able to answer the questions successfully.