Learn more about RCPI

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 Registered Charity Number (RCN) is 20002718.

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.


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.

She also serves on the Board of the Health Products Regulatory Authority and the Mercy University Hospital, the Governing Body of UCC, formerly a Board Member of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service and previous Chair of the Council of Deans of Medical Schools of Ireland.

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.


  • 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






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

  • Deliver world-class specialist training
  • Enhance life-long learning and professional development
  • Promote leadership in patient care
  • Be a trusted, authoritative voice on public health policy
  • Build our global presence



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.


We have over 11,000 Trainees, Licentiates, Members and Fellows across 29 different specialities in over 90 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.


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


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 have been successful in advocating for policy and legislative change in a number of key areas, including:

  • Ageing
  • Tobacco
  • Cancer screening
  • Open disclosure
  • Obesity
  • Alcohol
  • Physical Activity
  • Sexual Health
  • Traffic Medicine