The Part II OSCE/Clinical examination consists of an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) and a clinical exam.
The OSCE has seven ten-minute stations and at least one rest station. The OSCE stations test your knowledge and understanding of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, as well as problem-solving, diagnosis, investigation, treatment, clinical and communication skills. There's no patient at the rest station; it's a short break and an opportunity to prepare for the next station.
At the clinical exam, you will see one long clinical case in either Obstetrics or Gynaecology. You have 25 minutes fully observed with two examiners to take a history and examine the patient before discussing the case with the examiners.
The changes, which came into effect in November 2019 are:
The revised format allows for a much greater level of communication between candidates, the patients and examiners: and face-to-face examining time has increased.
There is no change to the OSCE component.
For the December 2020 diet of this examination this examination remains the same, however, due to current social distancing restrictions we have introduced some adjustments:
You must have passed the MRCPI Obstetrics and Gynaecology Part II Written exam within the past three years.
If the number of applications for this exam exceeds the number of places available, ordinarily we will prioritise doctors on our Basic Specialist Training programme and those with only one attempt left. We do NOT allocate for this exam based on application date, it is NOT first come, first served.
Bookings will be an application only with NO fee attached so as to register your interest to sit the exam. Successful candidates will be contacted after the closing date to complete the payment then.
If we can't offer you a place in the OSCE/Clinical exam, you will be placed on a waiting list and you will be offered a place if one becomes available.
If you are not allocated a place, you will receive a refund of your fee.
If you previously were unsuccessful in getting a place you must re-apply again by completing the online booking when it is open as no application or fee is held.
The fee to sit Part II Written is
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
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's important to prepare for MRCPI exams and not to underestimate how long it takes to get ready to sit your first exam. Having an understanding of how each exam is formatted and how questions are constructed will help you prepare and develop good answering strategies.
When you're preparing your study plan, make sure to refer to the curriculum for Basic Specialist Training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, as the MRCPI in Obstetrics and Gynaecology is based on this curriculum. It serves as a 'blueprint' for the exam.
Before you apply, please read the following documents
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.
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.