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RANZCR anatomy paper 1

Last revised by Dr Grace Carpenter on 11 Mar 2021

The RANZCR anatomy paper 1 is part of the first part RANZCR examinations.

The RANZCR website contains up to date information on the format of the exam here.

This exam is in a "write short notes" style and consists of 15 questions of equal weighting. The exam length is 120 minutes (with 5 minutes perusal) and is held twice a year 1-2.

Since September 2013 the exams have taken an electronic format with the answers typed into individual text boxes with headings, such as those listed below.

For most exam takers, this paper has typically been the most time-constrained of the four. There are only 8 minutes per question if the time is allocated evenly. A common technique is to limit each answer to 6 or 7 minutes; this leaves 30 or 15 minutes respectively for review at the end of the examination. 

Sub-headings are provided for each question, and points will only be allocated for information falling within the provided headings. The sub-headings below are a guide only and there are questions for which they will not be applicable, and your judgment is required in how to answer those questions:

  • introduction including a brief statement (i.e. one sentence) on function or clinical relevance
  • gross anatomy including general description and size (average measurements if remembered)
  • relations and/or boundaries and/or contents
  • articulations and/or attachments (e.g. ligaments/tendons/muscles)
  • special structures (e.g. joint capsules, etc)
  • blood supply - both arterial and venous
  • nerve supply
  • lymphatic drainage
  • development - if clinically relevant (e.g. elbow ossification)
  • variant anatomy

Since the examinations have moved to an e-format typing skills have become more important. Fast and accurate typing skills are worth working on because doubling the typing speed will effectively double the amount of time to answer questions. 

Past papers are available from the RANZCR website here

The links below contain playlists with cases highlighting related gross and variant anatomy on a variety of modalities with relevant pre-reading for each past paper:

Note: details correct at time of writing. Please check with RANZCR for updated details. 

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