How to prepare for radiology oral exams: essential techniques


As a consultant radiologist at a teaching hospital, I find myself repeating the same advice over and over again over each year, to each new group of radiology trainees. So, for the sake of saving my vocal cords and hopefully reducing my tedium-quotient, I thought I would try to capture some of my advice in a series of blog posts.

The first thing to stress is that this is just my advice based on what worked for me when I studied as well as capturing some of the ideas that have emerged over they years during many hours of conversation about study technique with colleagues and trainees. Part of your journey through training and exams is working out what works for you and what doesn't. As such I will not accept blame or hate mail when you drop an oral exam, ok? I will, however, gladly accept the responsibility for you passing everything on the first go :)

The second point is that these posts will be in no particular order, and for the sake of expediency, will be a little rough around the edges. Hopefully one day I can go back and pound them into some sort of cohesive whole, but for now it’s this or nothing.

As I go, I will update this first post with the various posts as they become available.

So without further ado here are the posts so far:

  1. How to effectively practice for oral radiology exams, and not waste time
  2. Practice for your oral technique in the shower
  3. Islands of knowledge or puddles of ignorance
  4. The secret art of relevant negatives
  5. Never surprise your examiner


Dr Frank Gaillard is a neuroradiologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, and is the Founder and Editor of

NB: Opinions expressed are those of the author alone, and are not those of his employer, or of

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Publication date: 12th Mar 2014 01:22 UTC

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