How much time should you give yourself to prepare?

It is difficult to say how long you need as it very much depends upon you –
your method and speed of study,
whether you are working while preparing for the examination (Non-UK trainees; UK trainees – tough, you will be always working while preparing),
whether you are trained in the UK or familiar with the UK system etc.

For UK trainees – I would suggest you discuss with your educational supervisor. He is the best person to advise you if you are ready. I would consider giving myself at least six months. read more

Resources for FRCPath part 2 by Dr Katherine Watson, StR, Microbiology

Here are some of the resources that I used in preparation for FRCPath part 2, April 2016 Bristol. One of the most useful things to do is speak to anyone you know who has already sat the exam and ask for all their past questions and tips.

Mycology – A Canadian microbiologist’s blog, has some really great photos of fungi, very useful for familiarising yourself with organisms for spotters and the practical. I printed quite a few out and stuck them around the house, after seeing them every day I felt confident at quickly recognising organisms. read more

If you are preparing for FRCPath Microbiology

I get asked frequently what resources do we have to prepare for the examination. Here I have listed some useful information and links that you may want to explore. This list is not a complete list and there are many wonderful resources out there which can help you prepare for the examination. If you find this list useful – please leave a comment. If you know of any other resource that has helped you or you find useful please let me know.

For non-UK trainees/ International graduates (IG), my advise is that please remember this is a UK examination. Hence, you need to know what a UK trainee expected to know and what are the issues we face in the NHS. Your microbiology knowledge is adequate if you have already done post-graduation, but you need to adapt revise those issues more which are common in the UK. For example, you do not need a lot of parasitology, but need to know about infection control. read more