About Us


We are a postgraduate medical training college dedicated to ensuring that doctors have the skills to provide patients with the best possible care

While our role in society has undergone profound changes since our foundation in 1654, we remain first and foremost a college – dedicated to the education and training of doctors . We are committed to helping doctors enhance their skills, competencies and professionalism throughout their working lives. 

Education and training are life-long commitments for doctors: Medicine is constantly evolving and it is vital that doctors know about the latest research and techniques to optimise patient care.

We offer training programmes, examinations, diplomas and educational courses to equip doctors with the skills and knowledge they need to care for patients and run safe and efficient healthcare systems.


Our mission is to train, educate and continuously develop doctors for current and future world health needs. Our vision is to lead excellence and quality in medical practice through world-class training, education and healthcare improvements in Ireland and internationally.

We are proud of our status as an independent authority on specialist medicine and we will continue to advocate policies and practices that are in the best interests of patients and those who care for them.

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Our Core Values

  • Honesty - We believe in transparency, integrity and respect
  • Trust - We provide a nurturing community committed to developing people to their full potential
  • Kindness - We act with openness, generosity and consideration
  • Innovation - We provide a stimulating and challenging environment that promotes excellence in teaching and learning
  • Responsiveness - We use our expertise to help influence healthcare policy in the best interests of patients
  • Quality and Excellence - We strive for quality and excellence in everything we do

Our strategic aims

Over the next five years, our activities and resources will be focused on delivering five strategic aims:

  1. Deliver world-class specialist training
  2. Enhance life-long learning and professional development
  3. Promote leadership in patient care
  4. Be a trusted, authoritative voice on public health policy
  5. Build our global presence
Courses and Masterclasses.

Our Strategic Plan

Download a copy of our strategic plan for 2015 – 2020

Our Strategic Plan is a vision statement, designed to ensure that we train doctors to the highest standards – doctors who will be able to treat the health issues facing populations for at least the next 10 years.

Our global network

Our 10,000 Fellows, Members, Licentiates and Trainees work across 25 medical specialties in 84 countries.

This network provides the knowledge, expertise and commitment that allows us to train and educate doctors and drive constant improvements in patient care.

Our Members identify themselves with the post-nominal letters MRCPI. Our Fellows use the post-nominal FRCPI.

We have four international Academies: India, Oman, China (Hong Kong) and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai). Our Chapters promote our activities in their regions and provide assistance and support for examinations, meetings, Masterclasses and courses.

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Conferring Ceremony of New Members
Dr. Khawaja Zahid, Dr. Abdul Manan  and Dr.  Kafil  Shadani
who received their Membership of the College.

Our examinations

Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) is achieved through examination and is highly regarded internationally.

MRCPI examinations are available in three specialties:

  • General Medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Both the Faculty of Public Health Medicine and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine offer Membership examinations, which are essential components of Higher Specialist Training and valued by healthcare employers worldwide.

We also offer Diploma examinations in

  • Clinical Psychiatry
  • Medicine of the Elderly
  • Obstetrics and Women’s Health
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Conferring Ceremony of New Members
Dr. Patrick Guggan, Dr. Aoife O'Reilly,  Dr. Anna McDonough who received their Membership of the College.

Our key policy areas

We are committed to creating a healthier society.

As an independent organisation representing thousands of doctors, we are a united, powerful voice that can influence national health policies to ensure they are in the best interests of people’s health.

We currently have policy groups in five key areas:

  • Alcohol
  • Obesity
  • Tobacco
  • Fitness to Drive
  • Sexual Health

"Through our policy work, the College will continue to inform and influence government policy on public health and to be a passionate advocate, without conflict of interest, for good health."

Professor Frank Murray, President, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Extract from Professor Murray's foreword in our 2015 - 2020 Strategic Plan

Our President

Professor Frank Murray is the 141st President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

He is a Consultant Physician/Gastroenterologist at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

As President, Professor Murray chairs our Executive and Council. He is actively involved in many other areas of our College, including the RCPI Policy Group on Alcohol and the EQUALS Initiative, which sends decommissioned medical equipment to developing countries.

Prof Frank Murray