We all know, to practice as a senior surgeon in the United Kingdom or Ireland, it is crucial to qualify the professional exam of Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (FRCS).
Based on the intercollegiate basis, there are 4 Royal Colleges of Surgeons who conferred it. They are the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (chartered 1505), the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (chartered 1784), and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. The initials are used as post-nominal letters.
There is a lot to know about the exam; let us read on this post to give all the necessary information.
WHAT IS THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE ROYAL COLLEGES OF SURGEONS (FRCS) EXAM?
The FRCS exam conducted in the United Kingdom is a part of the qualifying process for the to-be- doctor. Candidates need to undertake the FRCS exam to become a Consultant in the desired surgical specialty. Aspirants who have successfully completed six years of post-graduation in specialist training and are marching their way to become a Surgical Specialist can take up this exam.
WHAT IS THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE ROYAL COLLEGES OF SURGEONS (FRCS) EXAM?
- Primarily, it is mandatory to complete six years of their Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Science (MBBS). They will also be required to give three structured references of peers and seniors and submit a logbook. It is only then they can apply or sit for the FRCS exam.
- The aspirants should have completed the structured training program, and the Indian training is acceptable as the eligibility to appear for the FRCS exam.
- After successfully completing the exam, the aspirants are eligible to become a Fellow of one of those as mentioned earlier, four Royal colleges.
HOW IS THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE ROYAL COLLEGES OF SURGEONS (FRCS) EXAM OBTAINED CONVENTIONALLY?
Earlier, the conventional route to qualify for an FRCS degree was to obtain a training post in the United Kingdom as a Specialist Registrar and then appear for the FRCS exam in the fifth year of their training schedule.
WHAT IS NEW IN THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE ROYAL COLLEGES OF SURGEONS (FRCS- INTERNATIONAL) EXIT EXAM?
Those as mentioned earlier, four Royal colleges of Ireland and the United Kingdom introduced the new Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (International) Exit exam. It specifically aims for the International candidates who have successfully completed their post-graduation or are about to complete their surgical training in their own country and are eager to take up the FRCS exam.
There are various courses held and conducted in the United Kingdom that helps the aspirants to complete the prestigious FRCS exam successfully
In addition, you will be pleased to know that for the very first time in India, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, one of the four colleges, is holding a unique three-day course in association with MIOT International Hospital. This course aims at aiding the Indian post-graduate students in getting their Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons exam degree.
WHO ORGANIZES THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE ROYAL COLLEGES OF SURGEONS (FRCS- INTERNATIONAL) EXAM COURSE?
This course is organized by a team of expert surgeons itself from the United Kingdom, as well as Chennai. Isn’t that great?
To add more details, the surgeon on the team practice at the premier institute, Christie Hospital in the United Kingdom. It is a renowned name to treat cancer patients in the UK. Besides, the team of the surgical trainers also include personnel from the MIOT Hospital. Dr. Prithvi Mohandas of MIOT International is instrumental in giving the necessary patronage for conducting this course.
WHAT IS BENEFIT OF THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE ROYAL COLLEGES OF SURGEONS (FRCS) EXAM COURSE?
There are a plethora of benefits to the FRCS exam for the aspirants. It includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Significantly escalate the chance of the aspirant to pass the FRCS exam.
- Lessens or removes any sort of need for training and living in the United Kingdom.
- Eliminates the requirement to spend a hefty amount of money in order to study for the FRCS exam in the UK or attending the course itself in the UK.
WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE ROYAL COLLEGES OF SURGEONS (FRCS) EXAM COURSE?
Surgeons in India who have successfully completed the post-graduate training in either MS, DNB, or Mch, or are about to complete their training, can apply and appear for the FRCS examination.
This will not only bestow them with a chance to obtain a prime international qualification that has recognition across the world but also makes them capable of achieving a standard to work as an Independent Consultant in the desired field of surgery.
Therefore, we believe that you have gained a firm overview of the Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (FRCS) exam. You would also be interested in knowing a few more additional details. The FRCS new course is a three days program and gives the aspirants a chance to acquaint themselves with the structure and conduction of the examination.
The topics of interest of the FRCS exam, MCQs for preparation, and various other aspects of the exam are covered in the course.
The aspirants are also given a chance to test their viva skills by conducting mock vivas during the course, which we believe is a great deal.
EDVIZO wishes all the best for the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons!