While our role in society has undergone profound changes since our foundation in 1654, we remain first and foremost a college dedicated to education and training. We are committed to helping doctors and healthcare professionals enhance their skills, competencies and professionalism throughout their working lives.
Education and training are lifelong commitments. We offer postgraduate specialist training programmes and examinations and are committed to healthcare advocacy. Our education programmes are available to doctors and healthcare professionals. Our Registered Charity Number (RCN) is 20002718.
Our mission is to develop and support our learners, trainees, members and fellows to be leaders in healthcare delivery and transformation through training, education and advocacy. Our vision is to create a globally connected community of doctors improving people’s health.
Professor Mary Horgan is the 142nd, and first female President, of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.
Professor Horgan is a Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine at Cork University Hospital.
As President, Professor Horgan chairs our Executive and Council, and is actively involved in many other areas of our College.
Prof. Horgan is a Consultant in Infectious Diseases and practices on the frontline in University College Cork in the South of Ireland. She is former Dean of the School of Medicine in UCC. She currently serves on our National Immunisation Advisory Committee and our National Public Health Emergency Team – which advises the Irish Government on public health issues during this pandemic. She is also Chair of the National Research Ethics Committee. She also trained in the US where she worked in St Louis from 1990-1997.
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.
RCPI’s three main areas of activity under the strategy are:
At the centre of what we do are our learners, trainees, members, fellows and society.
We have four core strategic objectives:
Over the next three years, our activities and resources will be focused on delivering ten strategic initiatives:
View the RCPI Strategic Plan 2021 - 2024 which sets out our vision and strategic initiatives for the next three years.
We have 12,000 trainees, licentiates, members and fellows across 29 different specialties in over 90 countries.
This network provides the knowledge, expertise and commitment to enable us to achieve our strategy and drive constant improvements in patient care.
Our Members identify themselves with the post-nominal letters MRCPI. Our Fellows use the post-nominal FRCPI.
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:
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:
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.
In recent years, we have published policy reports and advocated for policy and legislative change in a number of key areas, including: