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We Asked 74 Radiologists Why They Chose to Attend This FRCR 2B Viva Course: Here's What They Said

Revise Radiology

August 13th, 2022

If your FRCR 2B Exam is coming up soon, we strongly encourage you to read the following article as soon as possible, especially since you are almost certainly a Type 1 Exam Candidate (see the 3 types below).

If you are a Type 1 Candidate, these tips are the best way for you to guarantee a pass in your Exam.

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In their 'FRCR 2B Examination Advice' column, The Society for Radiologists in Training estimates that you will most probably attend 3 FRCR 2B Viva Courses before your Exam.

So, what are Viva courses and why do so many Radiologists attend them?

Viva courses are short 1-day or 2-day courses that give candidates a chance to practice their Viva skills in a format that mimics the real Exam.

Why do so many candidates attend these courses and do they really improve their chances of success in the Examination?

To answer this question, we first need to identify the most effective way that Radiologists like you can learn the material and skills they need to pass the 2B Vivas.

  1. Type 1 Candidates: This group learns best when they take part in group discussions & interaction. According to Josh Bersin, author of 'The Blended Learning Book', 50% of people excel when they're taught in this way. (Medical training journals have published articles which show that when this interaction becomes a simulation, the efficiency of learning is even higher)

  2. Type 2 Candidates: This group learns best from hearing the relevant information. Podcasts and audio lectures are the optimum learning format for this group.

  3. Type 3 Candidates: This group of candidates is the smallest in terms of population. This is the group that learns best by reading the required material, such as case studies in textbooks.

We wanted to test whether this data holds true for the average FRCR Candidate who is preparing for their Viva Exam.

First, we designed a Viva course that would simulate the FRCR 2B Exam as closely as possible. Our team spent several weeks to make our candidates' learning experience a success.

We organised cases that would reflect the standard of the Exam and involved Examiners who we knew would give excellent feedback, according to RCR guidelines. To make the course as accessible as possible, we conducted it online.

After running 2 courses in this format, we sent a survey to every Radiologist who attended the courses, in order to gauge what the experience had been like for them. At the time of writing this article, we had 74 survey responses.

Here's what they said:

'intensive course before the exam'

'creates confidence'

'consistency is key'

'simulation works'

Final verdict: the evidence suggests that attending Viva courses in a format that simulates the Exam can help you increase your confidence.

Our goal at Revise Radiology is to help each category of Radiologist move up to the highest levels of proactive, strategic FRCR preparation possible.

What are your thoughts on FRCR 2B Viva Courses? Are they helpful or unnecessary?