The Fellowship of Royal College of Pathologist exams are broken into sub-specialty exams. In this post, we provide you with an overview of the FRCPath Haematology exam. Including exam fees, eligibility, exam formats, topics covered and tips on successfully passing.
The FRCPath Haematology exam is designed to test the doctor’s knowledge, skills and behaviour within Haematology.
Please note, if you train through the UK system then you will also be required to obtain MRCP prior to attempting the FRCPath Haematology exams. Further information on MRCP can be found here.
Part 1 Examination
Part 1 Overseas Examination (outside of the UK and Ireland)
Part 2 Examination
It is expected for doctors to have obtained at least two years’ experience of specialty training within Haematology in order to achieve the standard required pass mark in the Part 1 exam.
The Haematology Part 1 exam comprises of two written papers.
This exam will last for 3 hours and you are required to complete four compulsory essay questions.
The test will be broken down into four parts:
The examiner will test your ability to present a clear answer, organise and communicate relevant information and knowledge, display an appropriate knowledge of disease pathogenesis, diagnostic investigation, established therapies and new developments and relate this to clinical and laboratory practice, select an appropriate course of action and critically evaluate investigational strategies, treatment options or recent advances.
This exam will last for 3 hours and contains 125 multiple choice questions.
You will be tested within: pathogenesis, investigation and management of haematological disease, the use of therapeutic modalities and aspects of laboratory and clinical practice.
50 of those questions are in the ‘best from five’ format and 75 questions are ‘extended matching’ format.
Please note, no marks will be deducted for an incorrect answer.
This paper is also broken down into four parts:
A small number of marks will go to your research methodology, ethics and statistics.
You will be eligible to sit Part 2 of the exam after successfully passing Part 1.
The Royal College of Pathologists advises that doctors take the Haematology Part 2 exam after 3 years of specialty training within Haematology, i.e. equivalent to ST6 level.
The examination covers 2 topics in Coagulation, 2 topics in Transfusion Medicine, 2 topics in General & Laboratory Haematology and 2 topics in Haematological Oncology.
The purpose of the exam is to test your ability to evaluate problems and demonstrate good clinical judgement. You will also be tested on your ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
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Rcpath.org. (2019). Haematology. [online] Available at: https://www.rcpath.org/trainees/examinations/examinations-by-specialty/haematology.html [Accessed 8 Jan. 2019].