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1 Joint Molecular & Cytogenetic FRCPath Written Option Workshop Guy's Hospital Gemma Monaghan

2 2 First Welcome Housekeeping – toilets, fire exits Programme change Mentor list – thanks to Sally Cottrell Feedback questionnaire Thanks – Speakers – Example written options

3 3 Aim Inform you of written options available Examiners' perspective Questions View successful written option examples Meet others preparing for part 2 Meet RCPath trainee reps

4 4 Information for Candidates itten_options_2009.pdf (Nov 08 version) ‏ gs_and_guide_2009.pdf netics.pdf

5 5 When to take Part 2? – Normally not taken until eight yrs post degree – Does not have to be a large gap between Parts 1 and 2 if Part 1 attained ~6–7 yrs post-degree or more can move rapidly to Part 2 – Candidates are required to give evidence of widening experience over at least 2 yrs training by examination of a written component & an oral exam

6 6 Written Options ‏ a) a casebook. b) a dissertation c) ≥ 3 refereed published papers d) a PhD/MD thesis, normally completed during the training period

7 7 Proposal ‏ Must submit a proposal to RCPath – dissertation – casebook – Papers If possible, submit a proposal before commencing a PhD thesis for approval

8 8 When to Submit a Proposal? ‏ Only submit “written work” after successful completion of the part 1 practical Can submit proposals by –

9 9 Proposal Content Proposal should outline the project – background – aims – methods – significance of the study – include approval of a relevant ethics committee where appropriate Proposal no more than 1500 words

10 10 Submitting Written Component Submit within 3 yrs of proposal approved If fail to submit in time: – need to apply for an extension, giving reasons OR – submit a new proposal Written component must be awarded a pass mark before the oral exam taken Must be submitted  6 months before the part 2 exam candidate wishes to enter

11 11 Part 2 Viva Teresa Separate self help for viva preparation Must have passed written component

12 12 Written Options a) a casebook. b) a dissertation c) ≥ 3 refereed published papers d) a PhD/MD thesis, normally completed during the training period

13 13 Casebook Sandra Birdsall (cytogenetics) ‏ 7-8 cases Supervisor to confirm candidate has made major contribution to the cases Candidate must make clear their personal involvement in each case Include discussion of significance of findings & survey of literature Total length ~10,000 to 20,000 words – excluding refs – would not normally >20,000 words

14 14 Dissertation Purpose of dissertation - “to allow assessment of candidate's practical ability based on work performed in the department in which they are employed & their ability to report and assess the significance of their findings” Project should arise from the normal work and interests of the department

15 15 Dissertation (2) ‏ Usually words in length (excluding bibliography) Research work used – Human molecular genetics – Human cytogenetics Reasonably up to date Include declaration if any of the work has been submitted in support of another qualification eg PhD

16 16 Casebook & Dissertation ‏ English Standard of dissertation project should be such that it is suitable for publication in a scientific journal Standard of writing in casebook should be equivalent to that expected for publication of a case report in a scientific journal Illustrations & tables interleaved appropriately with text

17 17 Casebook & Dissertation ‏ (2) ‏ Include statement indicating any work that has been published (list the references) ‏ – Cannot simply reproduce published work – Present in a revised, amplified or extended form – Candidate is the major contributor to relevant publications (usually 1 st named author) ‏

18 18 Casebook & Dissertation ‏ (3) ‏ Any scientific or technical help acknowledged Double spacing (except references) ‏ Must be bound (preferably plastic spine) – Allow for alterations Two bound & one electronic Written work scanned for improper citation or plagiarism using source-matching software

19 19 PhD/MD Option Robyn Labrum Reasonably up to date PhD can be rewritten as a dissertation – results & subject up to date in light of current research & publications

20 20 Papers Option Louise Lavender talk Examples – 6 NF2 papers (5 first author, 1 multi) ‏ – 14 FAP, HNPCC, other polyposis syndromes (4 first author, 10 multi) ‏ – 17 molecular classification of MODY (1 sole, 3 first, 1 last, 11 multi) ‏ Commentary - length not specified – ~ words

21 21 Assessment of Written Work Teresa

22 22 Submitting Written Option Printed application form to the Examination Dept RCPath – Do not send to examiner If want to take viva – send it  6 months before exam candidate wishes to enter

23 23 Submitting Written Option Sponsored by fellow of the college involved in your training – Certify candidate has personally carried out the work If impractical - HOD as sponsor

24 24 Submitting Written Option (2) ‏ Can submit for both written & viva at same time – Viva entry not confirmed until pass – Withdraw while written under consideration do not forfeit fee Can submit written option ONLY without applying for viva – Do not pay for part 2 exam until applying for viva component (£505) ‏

25 25 Submitting Written Option (3) ‏ Other documentation required – passport photo signed & endorsed by sponsor – Stamped addressed postcard for confirmation of receipt

26 26 FRCPath by Published Work “Granted to persons, whether medically qualified or not, who submit published works of sufficient distinction on pathology and related subjects” Not normally intended for pathologists working in diagnostic departments of the major specialties

27 27 FRCPath by Published Work  30 peer-reviewed publications  first or senior author make substantial high-quality contributions to research & practice within the applicant's nominated discipline Can contact David Rubinsztein to discuss – blished_works.pdf

28 28 Thanks for listening

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