How many places are available?
Historical statistics on number of applicants, number of interview places and number of available posts are available on the RCR website.
The exact number of available posts for the 2021 round of recruitment is not currently known. For reference, in 2020 there were 311 posts available, with 1128 applicants, of whom 572 were interviewed.
What is the format of the radiology interview?
The format of the radiology interview has changed several times in recent years. The most recent round of interviews (2020) involved the following three stations, lasting 10 minutes each:
- Preparation station, requiring candidates to “score” their own portfolio against a predetermined marksheet
- Verification of portfolio station – candidates bring in the scoresheet from the preparation station and go through it with the examiners. This is then followed by a brief discussion of the candidate’s portfolio
- Commitment to radiology station – a more general themed station aimed to test the candidate’s understanding of a career in radiology and to evaluate their commitment ad suitability for the career
In the 2020-2021 application process, not all candidates will need to interview – the top 55 candidates (based on a combined self-assessment and MSRA score), will bypass the interview and be ranked 1-55 for the purpose of offers. For further details please refer to our blog post on the 2020-2021 application process.
For those candidates who do need to interview, the interview will be conducted online via Microsoft Teams. The content of the interview is likely to be similar to themes from previous years, and candidates will likely be asked about their commitment to radiology and to talk through their portfolio.
How can I demonstrate “commitment to radiology”?
Firstly, commitment to the specialty can be reflected via your portfolio, in terms of radiology-themed teaching, audit and research. Secondly, applicants are expected to have a good understanding of the training pathway and process for radiology trainees, and it is important to familiarise yourself with this. Thirdly, it is important to have a good understanding of the role of a Radiologist within the hospital and wider healthcare as a whole.
How can I prepare for the interview?
It is best to start early – your portfolio counts for a sizeable percentage of your overall score and it is important to try to provide evidence of achievement in each of the assessed domains (described above).
The 2020-2021 interview is unique from previous years in that it will be conducted remotely via Microsoft Teams. If you are unfamiliar with the app, make sure you have practised using it beforehand.
In order to demonstrate a commitment to radiology, it is essential to spend time in a radiology department for a taster week – not only is this needed in order to demonstrate your commitment, it will also provide an invaluable opportunity to speak to current trainees and understand the training process. In addition, your own experience within the department will be useful in answering questions on how a radiology department operates on a daily basis (this question is often asked).
Finally, spending time on practising possible/ past questions will provide you with confidence and the knowledge to tackle any questions that may arise in the real interview – the Medibuddy question bank features a wide range of practice questions covering frequently assessed topics and the key points that examiners are looking for.