Purpose of assessment
The First FRCR examination expects candidates to have gained a knowledge of the physical principles that underpin diagnostic medical imaging and of the anatomy needed to perform and interpret radiological studies. Candidates are examined against the Specialty Training Curriculum for Clinical Radiology. The Purpose of Assessment statements for Anatomy and Physics detail both components purpose, the required level of candidate training and the application of results. It is hoped that the statements 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 First FRCR examination comprises two modules: Anatomy and Physics. Anatomy is examined by an image viewing session delivered on individual workstations and Physics by a multiple choice written question (MCQ) paper. From spring 2018 the Anatomy examination will be delivered on a new digital platform in a larger number of venues - further information on these changes are supplied in FAQs. Both modules are held during a two day examination period three times each year; the two modules are each held on separate days. Further general information on the examination shows in the guidance notes for candidates.
Applicants need to hold a formal clinical radiology training post, in which they are actively receiving clinical radiology training (or to have held such a post in the past) in order to enter the First FRCR examination. Trainees following the UK curriculum for Nuclear Medicine which includes clinical radiology are eligible for entry to the First FRCR. No minimum period of clinical experience or clinical radiology training is required in order to enter. Candidates who are undergoing formal specialist training in the UK are guaranteed a place at the Anatomy module; overseas trained candidates will be offered places not taken by UK trainees via a ballot system following the application closing date. There is no cap on the number of candidates attempting the Physics module.
Anatomy ballot information
Applications from overseas trained candidates will go into a ballot for the Anatomy module at their chosen venue. The ballot will take place as soon as possible after the closing date. Candidates who are successful in the ballot will be notified by email and payment for the examination fees will be requested at this time. There will be a strict one-week payment deadline in place which will be advised by email. Candidates who do not make the payment by the deadline will forfeit their place in the Anatomy examination. After the payment deadline, any remaining examination places will be allocated to candidates who were unsuccessful in the initial ballot, via a secondary ballot.
Dates, fees and venues
The examination is normally held in March, June and September each year – specific information shows in the dates and fees document.
How to apply
Applicants should ensure they have read the guidance notes for applicants and the examination regulations before applying. Frequently asked questions regarding online applications are also available. Applications are now open for the Spring 2018 sitting and will close on Monday 8 January 2018 at 4pm.
Sample questions and guidance
Sample MCQ questions and answers and a copy of the answer sheet for the Physics component are provided, as are instructions for candidates to follow during the examination. Anatomy examination advice is also available and a demonstration site of the new platform will be made available in January 2018.