Eligibility requirements for FRCS General Surgery

eligibility requirements for appearing for FRCS General Surgery:
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Following are eligibility requirements for appearing for FRCS General Surgery:

As per the latest regulations a pass in MRCS examination is now mandatory for all new applicants of FRCS.
There are two versions of FRCS, one for domestic and other for International candidates.
  • JCIE  FRCS (Joint Committee on Intercollegiate Examinations) (domestic – UK & Ireland)
  • JSCFE FRCS (Joint Surgical Colleges’ Fellowship Examinations) (international)
Being an Indian medical graduate currently working as a General Surgeon, you will have to appear for JSCFE FRCS General Surgery.
To appear for this exam you need to have a minimum of 6 years of experience to be just eligible to write the exam. 3 Year of your General Surgery residency experience + 3 years of Post residency experience.
For this you need to provide evidence in form of following:

What you’ll need at the time of application for FRCS General Surgery?

  • Medical Qualification – year/country obtained (Candidate should have completed a locally recognized General Surgery residency program)
  • MRCS – month/year obtained
  • Your three signed Structured References (pdf format)
  • Curriculum Vitae (pdf format)
  • Summary of Operative Experience -Logbook in prescribed format (pdf format)
  • Photocopy of your passport (identification page)

Structured References required for eligibility of your training for FRCS General Surgery

  • The principal referee must be the applicant’s current of Head of Department or Head of the Recognised Training Committee/Programme in which the applicant has participated
  • The  second  referee must  be a  senior  clinician who  has worked  with  the applicant and  has knowledge of the applicant’s work in his/her specialty within the last two years
  • The  third  referee  must  be  a  senior  clinician  who  has  worked  with  the  applicant  and  has knowledge of the applicant’s work in his/her specialty within the last two years

What is the Exam Format for FRCS General Surgery?

Section 1 examinations from 1 January 2021 the format will be as follows:
  • Paper 1 120 Single Best Answer [SBA] (2 hours 15 mins)
  • Paper 2 120 Single Best Answer [SBA] (2 hours 15 mins)
Once you pass the Section 1 exam, you will receive a ‘Eligibility to Proceed’ certificate by email, after which you will be allowed to appear for the Section 2 exam.
Section 2 examinations: Clinical component consisting of a series of carefully designed and structured interviews on clinical topics, some being scenario based (structured orals) and some being patient based.

Allowed Number of Examination Attempts for FRCS General Surgery

Candidates are given up to a maximum of 7 years to complete the examination process as follows:
  • Section 1(MCQ):  Candidates will have a maximum of 4 attempts with no re‐entry
  • Section 2 (OSCE):  Candidates will have a maximum of 4 attempts with no re‐entry

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Questions from readers regarding MRCS Part A/B and FRCS General surgery

Hi Sir , Saw your post in LGS about FRCS .
Just wanted to ask 1 doubt.
Myself , i completed MS General surgery and i am working here in india as Asst Prof since past 5 years.
I wish to relocate to UK.
My ultimate aim is to become a consultant there .
However , i could find that there are 2 boards of FRCS and international FRCS is not of much importance when it comes to working in UK .
Is it true sir?
Anyways i decided to appear for MRCS PART A now due to this .
But if i am wrong , i will prepare for FRCS from here itself
Can u please guide me regarding this 🙏

Response: If relocation to the UK is your priority, clear MRCS A and B first, then IELTS, get GMC registration, get a training job (matching your experience level) , and then give FRCS General Surgery there…

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Eligibility requirements for FRCS General Surgery

  • Patriotic sinner

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  • World Surgery Forum

    Please check out the books for FRCS General Surgery at this link: https://worldsurgeryforum.net/2020/10/best-books-and-resources-for-frcs-general-surgery.html

  • Anonymous

    Hello sir, thanks for such an informative post. I wanted to know, what are the advantages of doing JSCFE FRCS International after MS General Surgery, if 1 is only thinking of practising as a General Surgeon in India .

  • Dr Sandeep Moolchandani

    Only Academic value in India and showing off a foreign degree on your CV to your employers and to your patients. May be it can help you initially in your career in converting your job interviews easily. However, there is no significant difference in the packages between FRCS qualified and non qualified doctors.In Middle eastern and other countries, doctors with FRCS are preferred and given higher seniority and packages.

  • Admin

    [24/09, 11:11 pm] +93 *********: Hello,
    I am a candidate for the ChM online distance study in general surgery from the University of Edinburgh Scotland.


    Would you like to tell me some questions?
    After the ChM I will be able to reach a subspecialty for hepatobiliary system and liver transplant? If yes, please let me know which paths I shall follow.
    Best regards,

    [24/09, 11:13 pm] +93 *********: Something other I have seen Chm FRCS exam.
    What’s it? How much time it will take?

    [24/09, 11:23 pm] +93 **********: I apologize for the introduction.
    My name is Muhammad yar and from Afghanistan who is Dr and I graduated from MD which is equal to MBBS had done in 2012, then after that five years of training in provisional Hospital training and now I am working as General Surgeon in a private hospital in my homeland.

    The Afghanistan MD Degree is an international level and training in general surgery at the national level and my question is that they will accept my national level degree if not accepted the Chm online degree in enough to follow that then, Shall I reach to my goal?

    [27/09, 5:21 pm] World Surgery Forum: 1) I guess they should accept your degree since they have accepted it for the ChM course.

    [27/09, 5:22 pm] World Surgery Forum: 2) After ChM you would need to clear FRCS General surgery (International) exit exam

    [27/09, 5:23 pm] World Surgery Forum: 3) Then you ll have to go for a HPB Fellowship

    [27/09, 5:23 pm] World Surgery Forum: https://www.rouxgroup.org.uk/hpb-fellowships/

    [27/09, 5:24 pm] +93 *********: Sir how shall I go to the joint members working in uk

    [27/09, 5:25 pm] World Surgery Forum: Have you cleared MRCS Part A and Part B?

    [27/09, 5:27 pm] +93 **********: Reach to JSCFE?

    [27/09, 5:28 pm] +93 **********: I have MD which is equal to MBBS and PG for General Surgery

    [27/09, 5:28 pm] World Surgery Forum: If you clear MRCS Part a and b.. Then you can get registered with GMC UK and will be allowed to practice in UK

    [27/09, 5:29 pm] +93 **********: MRCS not available in Afghanistan

    [27/09, 5:29 pm] World Surgery Forum: You can appear for it in neighbouring country like Dubai or Abu Dhabi…

    [27/09, 5:30 pm] +93 **********: If I Do Chm from uk online I can go after that

    [27/09, 5:31 pm] World Surgery Forum: I guess not… You can go either after giving PLAB or MRCS… If you want to settle in the UK…

    [24/09, 5:32 pm] +93 **********: Thanks so much my Dear.

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