Covid-19: Impact on RCPI exams and new 2021 – 2022 examinations calendar

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Examinations Calendar for 2021 - 2022 now available

The situation with regards to COVID -19 continues to evolve. We will make decisions in line with the latest advice from the Government and Department of Health in Ireland.

2021-2022 Examinations Calendar

Published 7 July 2021

View exam dates and opening/closing dates for 2022

2020-2021 Examinations Calendar

Published 30 July 2020

View exam dates and opening/closing dates for 2020 and 2021

Remote invigilation

All our written examinations will be delivered by remote invigilation.

You sit the same examination (structure, format and length) online, but in a quiet, secure place of your choosing. Instead of travelling to an examination centre and sitting the computer-based examination with other candidates, you do the same test as originally planned, but at your own computer – e.g. at home or at work. Candidates are supervised remotely by invigilators throughout the examination.

You can read more about remote invigilation here.

Clinical Examinations and OSCEs

Updated 26 July 2021

We endeavour to conduct all OSCE/Clinical examinations as planned, however, due to the ever-changing circumstances of COVID-19, these examinations may be postponed and rescheduled at short notice.

Clinical Examinations – Irish centres

MRCPI Part II General Medicine Clinical Examination
We have now scheduled the MRCPI Part II General Medicine Clinical examination this autumn: between 20 September - 15 October 2021. Places are limited due to COVID-19 restrictions and the number of applicants exceeded the places available, because of this we have prioritised candidates.  Candidates applying for this exam must be living and working in Ireland.

The next clinical examination taking place in Ireland after the autumn will be in late January/February 2022. This exam will be open to all applicants, though candidates living and working in Ireland will continue to be prioritised.

MRCPI Paediatrics Part II Clinical Examination
The MRCPI Paediatrics Part II Clinical examination in Ireland will take place in November 2021. Date to be confirmed in the coming weeks and the website will be updated once confirmed. Please note, places in this exam are limited, priority rules apply as normal. This exam will be open to all applicants, subject to any changing travel restrictions.

MRCPI Obstetrics and Gynaecology Part II OSCE/Clinical Examination
The next diet of the Clinical Examination for MRCPI in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Ireland will take place in November 2021. Date to be confirmed in the coming weeks and the website will be updated once confirmed. Please note, places in this exam are limited, priority rules apply as normal.  This exam will be open to all applicants, subject to any changing travel restrictions.

 

Clinical Examinations – International centres

We are now planning a phased restart of overseas clinical exams in late 2021. A Review Committee has worked closely with Examination Boards and exam convenors, both in Ireland and overseas, to ensure that the exam format keeps everyone safe while maintaining the high standards for which RCPI is known. The exams will be run overseas in the same formats that have been used successfully since November 2020 in Ireland.

All international candidates who are eligible to sit a clinical exam will be emailed with further details and application dates as soon as these are available.

MRCPI Part II General Medicine Clinical Examination

The first exam will be held in UAE, in October. Subsequent exams in Malaysia and Saudi Arabia are planned for November and December 2021. For details of the changes to the exam format, please see: https://rcpi-live-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/MRCPI-Part-II-GM-Clinical-Examination-Candidate-Information-COVID-Updated-June-2021.pdf

MRCPI Obstetrics and Gynaecology Part II OSCE/Clinical Examination

This international exam will most likely take place in UAE on the same date as Ireland in November 2021. Date to be confirmed in the coming weeks and the website will be updated once confirmed. Please note, places in this exam are limited, priority rules apply as normal. 

 

What have we done so far?

We worked closely with the Clinical Examination Boards and others, following public health advice, to recommence these examinations. We successfully ran diets in Ireland for Paediatrics in November 2020, Obstetrics and Gynaecology in December 2020 and General Medicine over November and December 2020. We restarted these clinical examinations with the first groups of doctors on the final year of their RCPI training programmes. These examinations are essential for the completion of their training. These rounds of examinations were held in person with candidates and examiners present. The format of the examination was adjusted somewhat but, in essence, remained the same as the clinicals held in the recent past – the outcomes, standards and the core principles of the examination remain the same. The main modification across all clinical examinations is in relation to strict adherence to infection control policies at the examination centre.   We have continued with more offerings of diets in Ireland into 2021 for both RCPI trainees and other candidates and we will be restarting our clinical examinations internationally in the last few months of 2021. 

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we navigate through this challenging situation with the pandemic. 

MRCPI Part II O&G Examination – August 2021 reschedule

To accommodate the rescheduling of the MRCOG Part I exam from January 2021 to July 2021, the MRCPI Obstetrics and Gynaecology Part II Written exam will now take place on 10 September 2021. This will enable all candidates who successfully pass the MRCOG exam to apply for a place on the MRCPI Part II O&G Written examination.

Do you need support?

We understand the anxiety caused by this disruption and uncertainty. If you are feeling stressed you will find advice and information on our website here.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Refunds are permitted prior to the closing date for applications. After that date, you will be allowed a transfer to a future exam if you are unable to sit the exam for Covid-related reasons. Please email exams@rcpi.ie

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In light of the evolving and fast-changing situation globally regarding COVID 19, unfortunately RCPI cannot be responsible for any expenses (such as travel, accommodation etc) incurred by a candidate in the event of a cancellation or rescheduling of an examination.

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We are here to support you. Please email us at exams@rcpi.ie

Impact on MRCPI Conferrings

Due to current social distancing guidelines, we are not able to hold conferring ceremonies in No.6 Kildare Street. Instead we have been able to confer eligible doctors in absentia and hold a virtual Conferring Ceremony. 

Being conferred in absentia makes you a full Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and has no impact on your Membership status.

If you are conferred in absentia, you will receive a letter to confirm that you are a Member of RCPI and hold all rights associated with MRCPI. We will send a list of all new Members to the Medical Council. Your MRCPI certificate will be posted to you as soon as we can resume our usual working arrangements.

Our next MRCPI Conferring will take place on 12 August, bookings for this ceremony however have closed. See our Conferring page for more information and latest updates on our next conferring ceremony. RCPI » MRCPI Conferring Ceremonies

FAQs about conferrings

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We advise you to be conferred in absentia in 2020/2021. You will find information about our next conferring ceremony here: https://www.rcpi.ie/examinations/conferring-ceremonies/

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Doctors who are conferred in absentia are given a confirmation (holding) letter to say they have been conferred. We will provide the Medical Council with the names of those who have been conferred in absentia. Once the COVID-19 crisis has passed, we will post your MRCPI diploma to you, at an address nominated by you, and you can provide to the Medical Council.

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Doctors who are conferred in absentia will be given a confirmation (holding) letter to say they have been conferred. Once the COVID-19 crisis has passed, we will post your MRCPI diploma to you, at an address nominated by you. 

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Yes. All doctors who are conferred in absentia, and who are in possession of the confirmation (holding) letter, will be full members of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, and have all the rights associated with membership.

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Doctors who are conferred in absentia are given a confirmation (holding) letter to say they have been conferred. We will provide the Medical Council with the names of those who have been conferred in absentia. Once the COVID-19 crisis has passed, we will post your MRCPI diploma to you, at an address nominated by you, and you can provide to the Medical Council.

Where to find COVID-19 information for Ireland

For updates on the situation in Ireland, we recommend checking the following websites

 

Contact us

The best way to reach us during the COVID-19 pandemic is by email, as staff are working from home.

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