RANZCR key conditions assessment

Last revised by Dr Joshua Yap on 10 Sep 2022

The RANZCR key conditions assessment is an assessment mandated by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) for first year radiology trainees prior to starting after-hours work and on-call duties.

The assessment is conducted locally by the training site, where clinical supervisors select a minimum of 16 cases from the key conditions categories (see below) as a "mock list" to assess a trainee's competency in radiological diagnosis. These represent conditions which may be life-threatening if undiagnosed over a period of 12 hours, and are typically encountered in emergency and trauma.

Trainees are given both formal and informal teaching sessions prior to undertaking the assessment, which usually occurs between four to six months after commencement of training.

Around 100 conditions (encompassing both adults and pediatrics) are listed in the RANZCR Clinical Radiology Curriculum Learning Outcomes 2 which divides them into the following categories:

NB: Details are correct at the time of writing. Please check with RANZCR for updated details. 

The radiology department at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, in conjunction with Radiopaedia, has developed a series of playlists covering the essentials of emergency radiology, aimed primarily at junior radiology registrars 3.

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