CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Indian J Radiol Imaging 2020; 30(01): 70-76
DOI: 10.4103/ijri.IJRI_438_19

Insights into obtaining FRCR and beyond: Obstacles, opportunities and post-relocation dilemma – An Indian perspective

Siddharth Thaker
Department of Radiology, Kettering General Hospital, Kettering
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester
Rajesh Botchu
Department of Musculoskeletal Imaging, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham
Harun Gupta
Department of Musculoskeletal Imaging, Leeds Teaching Hospital, Leeds, UK
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Indian radiology trainees and radiologists are interested to have FRCR (Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists) qualification for various reasons including academic career progression, subspecialty interest and other socioeconomic factors. The path for acquiring FRCR qualification is adventurous yet onerous and exhausting. Perseverance, meticulous planning and clarity in the vision are essential prerequisites for an Indian graduate aiming to complete FRCR qualification, and one may require to invest an average of 1.5–2 years even if there is no reattempt in this tripartite examination. Indian doctors including radiologists are considered amongst the finest across global medical fraternities. However, the Indian medical education is skewed and variably distributed over the subcontinent due to organisational inability to provide single radiology curriculum-based education to all radiology training programmes. Parallel educational boards and a variety of institutions such as government, trust-funded and private organisations provide radiology training to further complicate the grand picture of radiology education in India. Conversely, UK radiology education is uniform nationally and rigorously enforced by deaneries based upon state-provided guidelines. UK training opportunities are essentially academically rewarding experience but they require herculean efforts to gain access to one. One should constantly focus on building a resume at par with that of a UK trainee by obtaining experience required to fulfil checklist for such opportunities. Alongwith addressing local (UK) competition thoughtfully, hard work, diligence, and high standards of work ethics are absolute musts to build a great resume, to obtain training opportunity and, in turn, to satisfy the ultimate goal of carrier advancement.

Publication History

Received: 03 November 2019

Accepted: 11 February 2020

Article published online:
19 July 2021

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