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Obstetrics and Gynaecology Part II OSCE/Clinical

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About MRCPI Obstetrics and Gynaecology Part II OSCE/Clinical

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.

From May 2021 the examination remains the same, however, due to current social distancing restrictions we have introduced some adjustments:

  • The clinical component will be simulated, this component will not be based in a hospital and will not have patient interaction.
  • This clinical exam has a duration of 25 minutes in which you will be examined by a pair of examiners on a simulated clinical case using model equipment in either Obstetrics or Gynaecology. You may also be expected to interact with a roleplayer.
  • There will be no change to the format of the OSCE part of the examination apart from following social distancing protocols, hand sanitising, mask wearing, reduced numbers and the removal of rest stations. We will closely monitor all movements at the examination centre to limit close contacts.

COVID-19: Impact on RCPI exams

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Update regarding Covid vaccinations in our Clinical and OSCE exams from September 2021 until further notice:

  • Full COVID vaccination for candidates, examiners and others involved in the clinical examinations of the RCPI is strongly advised.
  • In the absence of that, the RCPI Examinations Team will require email confirmation of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to the examination or proof of a COVID positive test in the previous nine months

Entry Requirements

You must have passed the MRCPI Obstetrics and Gynaecology Part II Written exam within the past three years.

Places in this exam are limited

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.

Apply for this exam

The next MRCPI O&G OSCE/Clinical Exam is taking place on Friday 11 & Saturday 12 March 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates only.

These exams are only held in person, there is no online/remote option.

Applications are now open below as of Wednesday 5 January 2022 and close on Monday, 31 January at 5pm, if successful you will be contacted after the closing date to complete the payment and your place will be confirmed upon receipt of this.


The next exam after this will be held in late May 2022 in Ireland only and details will be update here once confirmed.

All dates and venues are subject to change due to any local or international restrictions coming into effect.

**IMPORTANT: Places in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Part II OSCE/Clinical Examination are limited, therefore you may not get a place in this exam when you first apply. You will not be asked to pay the exam fee upon first application, if you are successful in your application you will receive an email after the final closing date for applications with a link for payment and confirmation of your place in the exam.**

MRCPI O&G Examinations Calendar 2022

Published 7 July 2021. Updated 5 January 2022

Examination dates for 2022. TBC dates will be updated later in the year.

Application fee

The fee to sit Part II OSCE/Clinical Exam is

  • €780 in Ireland
  • €1,360 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

If you require a visa

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.

How to prepare

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.

Curriculum for Basic Specialist Training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

MRCPI Obstetrics and Gynaecology Examination Regulations

Cancellation policy and exam regulations

Before you apply, please read the following documents

Cancellation policy

MRCPI Obstetrics and Gynaecology examination regulations

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.

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