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 9,000 Members in more than 90 countries around the world.

An internationally recognised qualification in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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 Obstetrics & Gynaecology is accredited by the Medical Council of Ireland as the foremost knowledge-based assessment for Obstetrics & Gynaecology in Ireland. It is an essential component of specialist training in Ireland.

If you've chosen Obstetrics & Gynaecology as a career path you need expert knowledge of women's health, including the female reproductive system, fertility, pregnancy, childbirth and post-partum care.

The qualification of MRCPI in Obstetrics & Gynaecology shows potential employers that you have advanced knowledge of Obstetrics & Gynaecology - You can effectively take a patient's history, perform clinical examinations and formulate investigation and management plans.

If you are undertaking Basic Specialist Training in Ireland, achieving MRCPI means you are ready to apply to enter Higher Specialist Training, the final stage of training before independent practice.

About MRCPI Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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 OSCE/Clinical exam, they are required to complete training.

We are committed to continuously reviewing the format and delivery of our exams to ensure they are aligned with international best practice.

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

Dr Cliona Murphy, Chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists at RCPI

Joining the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

After achieving Membership, you may choose to become an Associate Member of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists at RCPI.

The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is the national professional and training body for Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Ireland, working to ensure the highest standards in women’s health.

It is accredited by the Medical Council of Ireland and proud to meet the strict standards required to deliver postgraduate specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Established in 1968, the Institute is one of six postgraduate specialist training bodies based in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. It has close to 200 Members, who are experienced Consultant Obstetricians/Gynaecologists and leading experts in their field.

Associate 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

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.

  • Occupational Medicine: Iain MartelIainMartel@RCPI.ie, +353 1 8639 723
  • General Medicine Clinical: Gerard Kearns, GerardKearns@RCPI.IE, +353 1 8639 786
  • General Medicine Part II Written / Public Health: Marianna Kyjovska, MariannaKyjovska@RCPI.ie, +353 1 8639 762
  • General Medicine Part I/ Diploma in Clinical Psychiatry/ MRCPI Conferring Ceremony: Theresa Murphy, TheresaMurphy@RCPI.ie, +353 1 8639 778
  • Paediatrics Part I & II Written: Louise TreacyLouiseTreacy@RCPI.IE, +353 1 8639 614
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology Part II Written & Part II OSCE/Clinical: Paediatrics Clinical, Virginia Cidfuente VirginiaCidfuentes@RCPI.IE,  +353 1 8639 606