Final FRCR Clinical Oncology Part A Associate Examiner

Role description and person specification

TitleFinal FRCR Clinical Oncology Part A Associate Examiner
Responsible toFinal FRCR (Part A) Examination Committee
Term of officeThe term of office for Associate Examiners is two years - they   may complete training during this term without affecting the term of office.

RCR examinations are an internationally recognised benchmark of excellence as well as a vital element of UK training. The Final FRCR Part A examination, consisting of single best answer (SBA) questions, builds on the First examination to assess the knowledge and skills developed across the breadth of the curriculum during oncology training.

Associate examiners join the committee which is responsible for ensuring that the examination meets the needs of the approved radiology training curriculum and meet standards set by the GMC. They contribute to the development of questions but do not participate in question selection or standard setting.

Working practices

The associate examiners are required to dedicate approximately three days per year to the work of the Committee for question writing.

Associate examiners are expected to produce a minimum of 30 questions each year

Role tasks

The main role of associate examiners is writing, reviewing and editing single-best-answer questions, ensuring that they are based on the approved curriculum

Person specification

Knowledge and qualifications

Applicants must:

  • Be Fellows of the RCR in good standing
  • Demonstrate that they have undergone appropriate equality and diversity training and are willing to abide by good practice in these areas
  • Be prepared to participate in induction and training activities


Applicants must be:

  • Registrars in training practising in the UK within an approved training programme
  • It is desirable for applicants to be able to demonstrate previous involvement in teaching and training, and, if possible, assessment

Personal qualities

  • Commitment to the aims and charitable objectives of the College
  • Commitment to equality and valuing diversity and understanding of how this applies to delivery of own area of work
  • Able to work together as part of a coherent and effective team
  • Able to take and give constructive criticism when discussing, reviewing and refining questions
  • Examiners are bound by the Code of Conduct and Compact. They are also expected to demonstrate adherence to the College values.


  • Must be supported by two Fellows of the College, who have held substantive consultant oncologist posts within an approved UK training programme for at least three years
  • The College strives for membership of the Board to be as representative as possible of site specialised interests, clinical practice backgrounds and the distribution of UK training programmes