Centre: New Dehli
Final FRCS Date: 2007
It is my pleasure to write my my previous experience to Chua page.
The third track is more justifiable as it gives the most accurate way to recognize those candidates who have to pass and those who have to fail according to their knowledge and clinical performance.
The next is very difficult, spike-full track leading to failure of most of those who were pushed to go through it.
In my first attempt in Amman 2003, I failed to pass VIVA, and I thought that was due to lack of previous experience and I could not manage the exam as the DIRECTOR needed.
In my second attempt in Glasgow 2005, I failed in the clinical exam as I used the torch light instead of an accommodative target in cover test which was the last (7th) case after excellent performance in the previous 6 cases.
In my third attempt in Tripoli 2006, I failed in the clinical exam as the cases were very strange (e.g. a case with 3rd nerve aberrant regeneration with right homonymous hemianopia and the patient was not well cooperative in the confrontation test), (another e.g. a case with bilateral partial O.N. atrophy given the possible D’DX and also reached the correct D’X which was Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy.
Although I had reached D’X in all the cases at the end, I ended in failure.
The fourth attempt in which I succeeded (Thanks for ALLAH), was in Delhi 2007, in which I was put in the justifiable track, so I could pass.
I think the COLLEGE MUST REVISE THE WAY BY WHICH THE EXAM IS PERFORMED AND TO GIVE THE BEST CANDIDATES THE CHANCE TO PASS ACCORDING TO THEIR PERFORMANCE and TO ABANDON THE RESTRICTED PERCENTAGE OF PASS NUMBERS.
Finally I found it a more correct way to describe my previous experience instead of just mentioning the cases and questions I faced, as I thought this may give the candidates applying for FRCS exam some guides of the tracks of it and t o believe that is not only their academic knowledge or exam performance which gives them the right to pass.
Best wishes for all future