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.
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 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
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.
We currently have policy groups in five key areas:
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.