Term of office:

The term of office for the post is normally three years. Examiners are expected to commit to this post for the duration of their term of office.

Role Description:

All radiology trainees must attain a pass in FFR Part 1 to progress to the Final FFR examination. The FFR Part 1 assesses the knowledge and skills developed during the first year of core radiology training. The Physics component forms part of the Part 1 FFR examination and tests the knowledge of physical principles that underpin diagnostic medical imaging and radiation protection.  

The FFR Part 1 Examination Committee develops questions, sources images, moderates and classifies material, selects content for individual sittings, identifies passing standards and evaluates candidate performance. The Committee is working towards reviewing the performance of individual questions, and elements and components of examination performance overall, and from this makes recommendations on changes to structure and content where appropriate.

The FFR Part 1 Physics Examiner has responsibility for ensuring, as part of the FFR Part 1 Examination Committee, that the physics component of the FFR Part 1 examination provides an appropriate assessment of the knowledge and skills required to complete core radiology training as defined in the physics curriculum section for Specialty Training in Radiology.

Working Practices:

The Examination Committee meets two times each year before the May and September sittings of the FFR Part 1. The main purpose of these meetings is to set and finalise question papers, and on occasion to review questions based on their performance.

Role Tasks:

Participating in the business of the FFR Part 1 Examination Committee including:

  • Ensuring that an adequate MCQ question bank exists and that the questions in the bank are relevant to the physics syllabus FFR Part 1.
  • Selecting questions to make up papers as required and checking that each paper appropriately assesses knowledge across the syllabus.
  • Reviewing the performance of individual questions and rejecting or modifying questions when appropriate.
  • Perform oral examinations of candidates.
  • Making recommendations to the examination committee for changes to the content and structure of the Physics examination.


Knowledge and qualifications:

The Part 1 FFR Physics Examiner must be:-

  • Able to demonstrate previous involvement in teaching and training
  • Able to devote time to question and standard setting and attending meetings of the Committee
  • Preferably teach on the Part 1 FFR RCSI curriculum
  • Preferably be member of the IAPM (Irish Association of Physicists in Medicine)

Any informal enquiries can be made to the Chief FFR Part 1 Examiner Ronan Killeen or the FFR Part 1 Chief Physics Examiner: Lynn Gaynor (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

To apply, please submit a Curriculum Vitae and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The closing date for applications is 3rd February 2023.

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