Why choose MRCPI?

Your doorway to a global network of physicians

MRCPI is recognised around the world as an international benchmark of excellence in medicine, opening up new opportunities for career advancement.

When you are conferred as a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, it marks a major milestone on the path to becoming a specialist. You are joining a global network of respected physicians whose roots date back to 1654.

Today we have over 6,000 Members in 70 countries around the world.

An internationally recognised qualification in General Medicine

Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) is an internationally recognised benchmark of excellence, valued by healthcare employers worldwide.

MRCPI is achieved through examination. MRCPI in General Medicine is accredited by the Medical Council of Ireland as the foremost knowledge-based assessment for internal medicine in Ireland and an essential component of specialist training in Ireland.

If you've chosen General Medicine as a career path you need expert knowledge of a wide range of common acute disorders. The qualification of 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.

In Ireland, achieving MRCPI means you are ready to enter Higher Specialist Training, the final stage of training before independent practice.

About MRCPI General Medicine

Quality assured against international standards

It takes immense dedication and clinical acumen to reach the standard required to achieve MRCPI. There's a lot at stake and you need to have faith in the delivery and grading of your exams.

We go to great lengths to ensure our exams are fairly and consistently marked. Each question is carefully reviewed and assessed for difficulty.

Our examiners are experienced clinicians who have met strict eligibility criteria. Before an examiner can assess candidates at the Part II Clinical exam, they are required to complete training on how to calibrate clinical exam patients to set marking criteria. They are trained to mark candidates fairly and objectively.

We are committed to continuously reviewing the format and delivery of our exams to ensure they are aligned with international best practice. For instance, changes to the format of the Part II Clinical examination in General Medicine came into effect in 2013 on foot of a review and recommendations by the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), Philadelphia, USA.

The gateway to progressing to higher specialty training and ultimately a career in hospital medicine, undertaking the MRCPI examinations also provides the opportunity to develop your knowledge base, your communication skills and career management. It also is a great time to develop professional relationships in sharing knowledge and technique with your peers.

Dr Paul McElwaine MRCPI

Joining the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

All over the world, more than 10,000 doctors are benefiting from being part of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

After achieving Membership, you may choose to become a Collegiate Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

Ours is a leadership voice that influences healthcare for the greater good. 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.

Collegiate Members enjoy a range of exclusive Membership benefits from RCPI, such as free online journals from the BMJ and the New England Journal of Medicine, and an affinity scheme, offering discounts on medical equipment, hotels, insurance, travel and lots more.

Contact us

We have a dedicated examinations support team in our Dublin headquarters. They are there to guide you through your full exam journey, from application to MRCPI conferring. They are present at every exam and always happy to answer your questions.

Examinations Department

Tel: +353 1 863 9700

Our Examinations Department is happy to talk to you about applying to any of our postgraduate examinations.