Both the Birmingham and North Staffordshire training programmes have regular protected teaching time with a structured lecture and tutorial programmes to support trainees studying for the Part I and Part II Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR) examinations. These teaching sessions occur on a weekly basis during the first three years of training. In the North Staffordshire training scheme these sessions are held in the City General Hospital, Stoke. In the Birmingham training scheme these sessions are held mainly in the Postgraduate Centre, City Hospital, Birmingham.
The teaching is structured as follows:
Year One Anatomy, Physics and Radiographic techniques
Preparation for the Part I FRCR examination in physics and Anatomy
Years One, Two and Three
Subspecialty modality based teaching
Preparation for the Part II FRCR examination
In recent sittings of the Part I and Part II FRCR examinations both Birmingham and North Staffordshire rotations have achieved pass rates above the national published rates.
At present the trainees on the Birmingham scheme have their salaries and study leave payment arranged by the Medical Staffing at the lead trust for the rotation which is City Hospital, Birmingham. The trainees on the North Staffordshire rotation have their salaries and study leave payment arranged by North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary Medical Staffing Department.
Details of the Training Curriculum in Clinical Radiology are available on the College website under speciality training.
Specialist Training Curriculum in Clinical Radiology