FRCS Part 1 Support Group Basic Scientist

The award of the Diploma of Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow indicates that a candidate has a sound knowledge of the scientific basis of ophthalmology and is experienced and competent at applying that knowledge to patients suffering from common ophthalmic conditions.

The Part 1 examination is offered twice a year and is designed to test basic sciences in relation to Ophthalmology.

The syllabus is tested in approximately the following proportions:

Anatomy – 25%
Physiology – 25%
Pathology – 25%
Embryology, pharmacology, cell biology and biochemistry, genetics and optics – 25%

There is now a requirement for basic scientists to join the Part 1 group to support the activities below:

  • Participate in the selection of questions for each diet
  • Ensure adequate coverage of the syllabus by adhering to the blueprint
  • Review questions submitted by examiners
  • Participate in standard setting
  • Participate in examiner training
  • Review feedback from candidates
  • Participate in four to six group discussions each year (which may be held remotely)

Group members will act for a period of 3 years in the first instance. This term may be extended by a further period of up to 2 years by mutual agreement. Group members must protect the confidentiality of the question bank.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must hold a basic science qualification equivalent to Fellowship of a Royal College from equivalent organisations such as:

  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists,
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists,
  • Fellowship of British Association of Clinical Anatomists (BACA)
  • Fellowship of the Anatomical Society (of Gt Britain and Ireland)
  • Fellowship of the Physiological Society

This list is not exhaustive and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

Active in postgraduate surgical training/education/teaching.

In good standing with the College/Professional Organisation.

In good standing with the GMC/IMC or equivalent body and not under investigation by an NHS Trust/employing body that restricts their clinical or professional practice.

A commitment to equality and diversity.

Able to provide the names and contact details of two suitable referees (see below).

Person Specification

In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria, examiners must show commitment to:

  1. High professional standards as an examiner, including understanding of appropriate techniques and a policy of courtesy, fairness and non-discrimination towards all candidates
  2. High professional standards in teaching, including an ability and positive attitude towards teaching

Applications for this post should be submitted via email by Monday 24 January 2022 at 12 noon to:

Mrs F McLintock
Quality Assurance and Question Bank Manager


24 January 2022

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