RANZCR phase 2 examinations

Last revised by Dr Henry Knipe on 19 Sep 2022

The RANZCR Phase 2 examinations are a set of written and oral examinations that are typically first attempted in the third year of radiology training and are one of the requirements for the awarding Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (FRANZCR).

In order to be eligible to sit the Phase 2 examinations, trainees must have successfully completed the RANZCR Phase 1 examinations, as well as all the other training requirements of Phase 1 (which comprises the first 12 to 24 months of training). Trainees have a maximum of six consecutive opportunities to complete all written and oral Phase 2 examinations.

The examinations are held twice a year: 

Since the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, written examinations have been delivered via online proctoring. The OSCER examinations are currently held at the AMC National Testing Center in Melbourne, Australia.

Written examinations

There are three written examinations that are held over two consecutive days and delivered electronically. Trainees must pass the written examinations before they are eligible to sit the OSCER examinations.

The pathology examination is a 3-hour examination consisting of:

  • 10 short answer questions (two general questions and one question per topic area, worth 6 marks per question)
  • 100 multiple choice questions (best of five possible answers, worth 1 mark per question)

The clinical radiology examinations consist of two components:

  • multiple choice examination: one 2-hour examination consisting of 100 multiple choice questions (best of five possible answers, worth 1 mark per question)
  • case reporting examination: one 3-hour examination consisting of
    • long cases (5 questions, worth 12 marks per question)
    • medium cases (10 questions, worth 3 marks per question)
    • short cases (20 questions, worth 3 marks per question)
OSCER examinations

The OSCER examinations consist of seven viva stations:

  • abdominal
  • neuroradiology / head and neck
  • thoracic and cardiovascular
  • breast
  • obstetrics and gynecology
  • musculoskeletal
  • pediatrics

Each station is 25 minutes long, with typically 5-12 digital cases per station. The OSCER examinations are held over four consecutive days, however, each candidate completes all seven stations within a single 4-hour block.

Prizes

Each year, RANZCR awards two prizes to the most successful candidates in the Phase 2 examinations. The recipients are awarded a cash prize equivalent to the cost of their exam fee and complimentary early bird registration to the RANZCR Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) that year. The prizes are 2:

  • MGF Donnan Prize: best candidate in the pathology examination; named in honor of Dr Gordon Donnan, a radiologist who was instrumental in the formative years of the college.
  • HR Sear Prize: for the best candidate in Phase 2 clinical radiology examinations; named in honor of Dr Herbert Ray Sear, an early president of the college

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

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