The Royal College of Pathology (RCPath) is responsible for producing the training curriculum, delivery of assessments and ultimately awarding the Certification of Completion of Training. Below is a brief outline of the curriculum and how it is delivered in the West Midlands region.
The curriculum is divided into four stages:
· Stage A - Between 0 - 12 months equivalent full time training
· Stage B - Between 13 and 36 months equivalent full time training
· Stage C - Between 25 and 48 months equivalent full time training
· Stage D - Compulsory 12 months equivalent full time training following successful completion of the FRCpath exam
The curriculum divides the knowledge and skills trainees must acquire into:
· Basic knowledge and skills
· Clinical Histopathology including: surgical pathology, non-cervical cytopathology and autopsy
· Sub-specialist areas of Histopathology: neuropathology and paediatric pathology and potential to undertake subspeciality training in these areas
· Generic skills required for histopathology
At each stage of training there is a minimum acceptable training requirement of numbers of cases seen, with cases recorded in a trainee log book.
There are 3 potential optional ‘bolt on’ programmes which can be added to the core training. These are equivalent to 3 months in:
· Higher autopsy training
· Cervical cytopathology
· Research methodology
For each module undertaken training is lengthened by 3 months at stage C i.e 9 months additional training if all modules are undertaken.
Training in the following subspecialities has undergone major reconfiguration by the college:
· Forensic Pathology
· Paediatric Pathology
Please see the college website for further details