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Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) can help you to fast track your medical career. MRCPI is achieved through examination which can be taken just six months after graduating from medical school; allowing you to get an early start on your medical career.
Gaining MRCPI in General Medicine shows potential employers that you have advanced knowledge of General Medicine - you can effectively take a patient's history, perform clinical examinations and formulate investigation and management plans.
The MRCPI in General Medicine Part I exam is now held through computer-based examination - this fully online process means you don’t have to travel to an examination centre – saving you time and money.
Applications are now closed for the Part I General Medicine written examinations being held on 29 April 2021. Applications closed on 24 February 2021.
The next Part I General Medicine exam will be held on 19 August 2021, and applications will open on 5 May 2021. Please note that this date has changed.
The MRCPI in GM Part I examination is now held online, via remote invigilation. Candidates may sit the exam anywhere in the world, provided they have a reliable internet connection. Click here for more information on remote invigilation.
There are three 'Parts' to the MRCPI in General Medicine exam:
Each Part is taken separately and must be passed before you can progress to the next stage.
The MRCPI General Medicine Part I examination consists of one paper with 100 Single Best Answer questions. You have three hours to complete the exam. There is no negative marking and each question is equally weighted.
Single Best Answer questions consist of a 'vignette' (clinical scenario) followed by five possible answers. You must select the single best answer.
Questions in Part I are selected to achieve a balanced spread across medical specialties, the sciences underlying evidence-based medical practice, and the basic skills required in general medicine.
Questions will be on common or important diseases in hospital or community practice. At least 75% of the questions will concern direct clinical care of inpatients and outpatients in hospital medical practice. Correct answers will be within up-to-date guidelines for diagnosis and management.
Basic science questions may cover anatomy, bacteriology, biochemistry, ethics, genetics, immunology, metabolics, physiology, principles of evidence-based practice and statistics.
Get expert advice on preparing for the examinations with our free MRCPI General Medicine Skills Course for Exam Candidates. This course will provide information on the examinations, how to prepare and includes 180 Single Best Answer practice questions.
There must be at least six months between the date of your primary medical degree graduation and the date of the exam.
From January 2019 the maximum number of times a candidate can sit any Part of an MRCPI examination will be limited to six attempts.
This will mean that you have six attempts at each component of the MRCPI exams (i.e. 18 attempts in total across the three Parts).
You must pass the Part I examination within six years of your first attempt.
When you apply for this exam you will need to upload a scanned attested copy of your primary medical degree. The attestation must appear on the front of the copy. Your degree can be attested by:
Official translations will only be accepted if they have been prepared and/or authenticated by:
Candidates who are registered with the Medical Council (Ireland or UK) may provide proof of Medical Council registration instead of uploading their Primary Medical Degree.
You must also upload a recent colour passport-style photograph (minimum resolution of 100*100 pixels).
This is an online application process - Please do not post your application or any supporting documents.
If you require a visa to sit an exam, it is your responsibility to ensure the visa application is made in sufficient time before the examination date. We have no role in granting or refusing visas. A refund will not be given if you are unable to attend the examination as a result of a visa-related problem.
It is important to prepare for MRCPI exams and not to underestimate how long it takes to get ready to sit Part I. Having an understanding of how each exam is formatted and how questions are constructed will help you prepare and develop good answering strategies. When working in a busy clinical job with acute medical take, you should allow three to four months to prepare for MRCPI Part I.
When you're preparing your study plan, make sure to refer to the curriculum for Basic Specialist Training in General Internal Medicine, as the MRCPI in General Medicine is based on this curriculum. It serves as a 'blueprint' for the exam.
You should practise Single Best Answer questions by using books or online resources.
You should also read the regulations document for this exam, also available below.
The fee to sit Part I is €630 in Ireland, or €710 if you are taking the exam outside Ireland. The method of payment is credit or debit card, taken at the end of the online application process.
Don't forget, if you're in Ireland you can claim a refund of €450 under the HSE Clinical Course and Examination Refund Scheme.
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.
A quiet, secure environment means:
If you have one of the qualifications listed below, you are exempt from MRCPI General Medicine Part I, which means you are eligible to apply to MRCPI General Medicine Part II Written now.
As part of the application process you will be asked to upload an attested copy of your equivalent qualification(s).
Our Examinations Department is happy to talk to you about applying to any of our postgraduate examinations. Please note, at present the fastest way to contact this department is via email.