Core Modular Training (Years 1-3)
The initial six months are based mainly at the Academy, during which time the trainees receive intensive teaching which includes Part 1 focused physics and anatomy teaching, ultrasound teaching and practice, teaching on MSK plain film reporting and an introduction to many aspects of most radiology subspecialties.
Consultant and other healthcare professionals provide this small group teaching. Nine weeks of those six months are spent in a radiology department mainly focusing on ultrasound.
Many resources are provided by the academy IMAIOS, Stat DX and various ultrasound simulation tools including biopsy and intussusception models.
During the next two and a half years of core training, two are spent undertaking core module attachments. These are three-months in length and cover Chest, Neuro, Urogenital, Musculoskeletal, Paediatrics, Gastrointestinal, Breast and Nuclear Medicine imaging.
The remaining six months are completed at a district general hospital (DGH) attachment during the ST2 year, where trainees typically learn to become independent practitioners of fundamental radiological skills.
These two and half years are supported by a structured teaching programme every Thursday afternoon which takes place at the Academy and helps to prepare trainees for the FRCR 2A and 2B examinations. In addition, there are regular, timetabled consultant tutorials each week, most of which take place at the Academy and in the hospital.
A big hurdle during the second year will be commencing the on-call rota. Most trainees will be expected to participate in on-call from August of their second year. However, they should be prepared after participating in the on-call preparation course, having done plenty of supervised inpatient cross-sectional imaging reporting, passing assessments in plain film reporting, CT reporting and practical ultrasound.