Table 2

Pros and cons of attempting the Part 1 FRCOphth during foundation training

AdvantagesDisadvantages
Passing the exam provides a competitive edge for ST1 applicationPrep is time-consuming and requires considerable dedication and focus
Simultaneous revision for ST1 interviewCostly (especially if multiple attempts needed)
Frees up time and effort during ST years to focus on other aspects of trainingLow pass rate (even more so for foundation doctors)
May detract from other commitments which may be of higher yield for ST application (ie, audits, presentations, etc)