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Part 2 Fellowship Oral Component

The Part 2 FRCOphth is a synoptic exit examination that uses several different and complementary assessment methods.  Success in this examination allows a doctor to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. It is a necessary but insufficient requirement for completion of specialty training in the UK.  The examination is blueprinted against the General Medical Council’s Good Medical Practice and the detailed learning outcomes of the curriculum for Ophthalmic Specialist Training (OST), which has been approved by the GMC.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate a depth of knowledge and understanding expected of an independent specialist (consultant) not sub-specialising in the field being tested.  Candidates are required to pass this examination by the end of year seven of ophthalmic specialist training.  Candidates in OST should note that a pass achieved after completion of the training programme will not be considered towards the award of a CCT.  From 1 August 2014, candidates will be permitted a maximum of four attempts in which to pass the Part 2 FRCOphth Oral Component.  Examination attempts prior to August 2014 will not be included when the new ruling is introduced

Candidates are required to pass the Part 2 FRCOphth Written Component, i.e. the MCQ paper, before they are eligible to apply to sit the Part 2 FRCOphth Oral Component, which will also be run in Singapore for the first time in 2016.

The validity of a pass in the Part 2 FRCOphth Written Component will be limited to 7 calendar years.  Candidates who have not successfully completed the Part 2 FRCOphth Oral Component within this time will be permitted to re-sit the written component on the proviso that they have not exhausted the permitted four attempts at the written component and retain at least one attempt at the oral component.

Candidates are advised to read the ‘Instructions for Candidates for the Part 2 FRCOphth Examination’ for further information on the Part 2 FRCOphth Examination.

Structure of the Part 2 FRCOphth Oral Examination

Structured viva

The Structured Viva will consist of a series of five stations, each of which will be timed for precise periods of 10 minutes.  Station 7 of the OSCE, Communication Skills, will not be conducted in a clinical setting and will be held at the same time as the Structured Viva, lasting for a precise period of 10 minutes.

The stations are set out as follows:

Station 1:            Patient investigations and data interpretation
Station 2:            Patient management 1
Station 3:            Patient management 2
Station 4:            Attitudes, ethics and responsibilities
Station 5:            Audit, research and evidence based practice and Health promotion and disease prevention

Two examiners will be present at each station for the duration of the cycle.

Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

The OSCE will consist of a series of five stations, each of which will be timed for a precise period of 20 minutes.  Station 6, Communication Skills, will not be conducted in a clinical setting and will be held at the same time as the Structured Viva, lasting for a precise period of 10 minutes.

The stations are set out as follows:

Station 1:            Anterior Segment
Station 2:            Glaucoma and Lid
Station 3:            Posterior Segment.
Station 4:            Strabismus and Orbit
Station 5:            Neuro-ophthalmology
Station 6:            Communication Skills (takes place logistically with viva aspect of the exam)

Two examiners will be present at each station for the duration of the cycle. In station 6, an ophthalmologist is paired with a trained lay examiner. Other than the communications skills station, the examination will take the form of short cases.

The candidate will be examined on 3 patients per station being asked on a specific area on each case.

Red Flags

Candidates whose performance in any viva or OSCE station has given the examiners cause for concern eg. indicated unsafe practice, will alert the Senior Examiner by way of a ‘red flag’ on the marksheet.  The cause for concern must be documented clearly on the marksheet.  Candidates receiving a red flag should reflect that their practice has been deemed particularly poor by the examiner/s and should discuss this with their Educational Supervisor.

Standard Setting

All examinations are standard set.  The OSCE and structured vivas are standard set using the borderline candidate method.  All questions are reviewed in the light of performance and modified accordingly.

Part 2 FRCOphth Oral Result

To pass the Part 2 FRCOphth Oral Component, candidates are required to pass both components (Structured Viva and OSCE) although some degree of cross compensation will be allowed (see below). If awarded a fail, candidates must re-sit the entire oral examination, even if a pass was previously achieved in any section.

Cross Compensation

If a candidate marginally fails the Structured Viva, their total marks for both the Viva and the OSCE will be added together.  If this mark exceeds the combined pass marks for both papers, they will be allowed to pass the examination.  It is NOT possible to compensate a poor OSCE with a good Structured Viva result.

Notification of Results

The results of the Part 2 FRCOphth Oral Component will be released four – five weeks after the final day of examinations once verified by the Senior Examiner.  Final results will be sent to candidates by first class post and the pass list will be displayed on the College website. Examiners and candidates are not permitted to telephone the College for examination results.

Singapore

The Examinations Committee is pleased to be able to offer the Part 2 FRCOphth Oral examination in Singapore.  The examination will be held at National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine 8 – 11 May 2018 and will be delivered to the same standard as in the UK. The closing date for applications is 26 February 2018.  Click here to book

 

Further Information

For further information, please see the Part 2 FRCOphth Oral Examination Information Packs below:
2018 Part 2 FRCOphth Oral Information Pack
Candidate notes Part 2 FRCOphth Oral (Updated March 2017)
Policy on Allegations of Cheating and Misconduct 2017
Part 2 FRCOphth Oral – Clinical running commentary statement

To apply please click the purple box, on the right-hand side, above.