MRCPI Part I General Medicine


Applying for MRCPI Part I General Medicine

The MRCPI Part I General Medicine exam assesses your knowledge and understanding of the basic sciences relevant to medical practice, and common or important disorders.


You can view exam dates for 2015 here.

Qualifications

You must have received your primary medical degree. There must be at least 12 months between the date of your primary medical degree and the date of the exam.

How to apply

Applying for the first time?

Upload an attested copy of your primary medical degree as part of the online application which can be found in the exams calendar.
Your medical degree can be attested by:
•    An Garda Síochána (Irish police force)
•    The issuing authority
•    A solicitor
•    A Commissioner for Oaths

Taken this exam before?

Just complete the online application form which can be found in the exams calendar.

Exemptions

If you have one of these qualifications, you will be considered eligible for an exemption from MRCPI Part I General Medicine:
MRCP(UK)
MRCPath
MRCPCH
MRACP
FRCP(C)
FCP(SA)
MRCPsych
FCP&S in Medicine and Paediatrics (Pakistan)
The American Boards in General (Internal) Medicine and Paediatrics
MMed (Malaysia)

How to claim an exemption

Upload an attested copy of your qualification(s) during the online application process.  

Information and support 

For more information on this exam in Ireland you can contact Lisa Behan at lisavbehan@rcpi.ie

For more information on this exam overseas you can contact Alan O'Mahony at alanomahony@rcpi.ie 

Single Best Answer (SBA)

The exam consists of one Single Best Answer (SBA) style paper with 100 questions to answer.

Length

Three hours

Marking

There is no negative marking and each question is equally weighted so we advise you to attempt all questions.

Sample question

A 55-year-old man, a lifelong cigarette smoker, has angina. He noticed worsening of his chest pain for one week before presenting with a one hour history of severe central chest pain which increased over about 15 minutes, spread down his left arm and was since then persistent.  He had nausea and vomiting. He was sweating. On examination his pulse was regular at 100 per minute and his blood pressure was 132/84 mm Hg. There was a short mid-systolic murmur audible at the apex. He had crackles in both lung fields, left worse than right.

 

 

 

What is the most likely diagnosis?
a) aortic dissection
b) myocardial infarction
c) pneumothorax
d) pericarditis
e) oesophageal rupture
Correct answer b)

Information and support 

For more information on this exam in Ireland you can contact Lisa Behan at lisavbehan@rcpi.ie 

For more information on this exam overseas you can contact Alan O'Mahony at alanomahony@rcpi.ie

Syllabus

The BST curriculum is fully aligned with the syllabus of the Membership examinations.

Blueprint

The questions in this exam are selected to achieve a balanced spread of questions across the specialties, the sciences underlying evidence-based medical practice, and the basic skills required in general medicine.

Questions will be on common or important diseases, including medical emergencies. At least 75% of the questions will concern direct clinical care of in-patients and out-patients in hospital medical practice.

Correct answers will be within up-to-date guidelines for diagnosis and management. The usual number of questions (column N) on each paper by specialties and skills are shown on these tables.

Specialties and Sciences N
Anatomy, Bacteriology, Biochemistry, Ethics, Genetics, Immunology, Metabolic, Physiology, Principles of evidence-based practice and Statistics 5-15
Cardiovascular 5-15
Dermatology 2-8
Endocrinology 5-15
Gastroenterology 5-15
Haematology 5-15
Infectious diseases 2-8
Nephrology 5-15
Neurology 5-15
Ophthalmology in the context of General Medicine 0-3
Psychiatry 0-3
Respiratory medicine 5-15
Rheumatology 5-15
Therapeutics and Pharmacology 5-15

 

Skills N
Manage emergencies in medicine 5-20
Apply knowledge of disease 5-25
Understand mechanisms of disease 5-20
Interpret clinical information 5-30
Interpret data 5-20
Interpret images 0-10
Plan investigations 5-20
Plan non-drug therapy 5-20
Plan drug therapy 5-20

 

Information and support 

For more information on this exam in Ireland you can contact Lisa Behan at lisavbehan@rcpi.ie 

For more information on this exam overseas you can contact Alan O'Mahony at alanomahony@rcpi.ie

 

Exam regulations

Read the regulations governing the MRCPI Part I General Medicine exam.  

Appeals

Find out how to appeal an exam result.  

Information and support 

For more information on this exam in Ireland you can contact Lisa Behan at lisavbehan@rcpi.ie 

For more information on this exam overseas you can contact Alan O'Mahony at alanomahony@rcpi.ie

Latest Results

Now available: MRCPI Part I GM September 2014 Results

Issuing results

You will be able to access your provisional exam results here on this website approximately four working weeks after the exam.  

We never give exam results over the telephone, by fax, email or in person.

We will post your result letter shortly after the provisional result list is uploaded to the website.

Recheck of results

You can request a recheck of your exam results for a fee of €150.

You must submit the recheck application form within four weeks of the date of your official results.

The fee will be refunded if a recheck changes your overall exam result to a pass mark.

Information and support 

For more information on this exam in Ireland you can contact Lisa Behan at lisavbehan@rcpi.ie 

For more information on this exam overseas you can contact Alan O'Mahony at alanomahony@rcpi.ie