The monthly SpR teaching programme (see above) covers the urology syllabus in detail, including interactive case-based discussions and viva practice on the monthly topics. It also provides some innovative sessions with training opportunities in a number of other areas including simulation of operative and non-technical skills, and a programme for FRCS (Urol) preparation.
To help trainees prepare for and, achieve high pass rates in, the FRCS (Urol) examination, the region provides a structured programme to assist with exam preparation. Each year all SpRs undertake:
- the EBU in-service assessment annually for MCQ practice marked individually per topic on the syllabus,
- an annual viva day in May where trainees undertake a formal mock FRCS (Urol) viva day, with stations covering the exam topics * (see below) manned by Consultant colleagues in the region, and marked in line with the exam scheme,
- individual and group viva sessions (usually 10 - 20 hours with TPD / Consultant colleagues in the region), prior to the exam, focusing on viva technique.
With this support, trainees from the Wales region have achieved amongst the highest pass rate for any region at the FRCS (Urol) exam - a 95% pass rate for vivas over the last 10 years. We have also supported three non-SpR colleagues in the region in undertaking the exit exam - all three passed at their first attempt.
* Exam topics: Oncology I (kidney/bladder); Oncology II (prostate/penis/testis); Paediatric; Stones & UTI; Emergency Urology; BPH & Andrology; Female Urology & Reconstruction; Technology & Imaging