It is expected that candidates taking the clinical examination will have a minimum of 12 months but ideally 15 months of experience in paediatric practice and will proficiently perform physical examinations to the level required of a registrar. Clinical judgement, management skills and communication are also assessed.
The clinical examination will focus on the ability of the candidate to demonstrate proficiency in the areas of history taking, communication, physical examination, problem solving and basic steps in the assessment and management of the neonate, child or adolescent with acute or chronic disease.
The new clinical exam format will consist of a circuit of six short cases. These cases will be similar to an outpatient encounter or a clinical assessment of a patient in a Medical Admissions Unit.
All candidates should see a case mix which allows them to demonstrate a range of clinical skills.
Throughout the examination candidates are assessed on:
If you hold FRACP you may apply on the basis of exemption from the Part II Written exam.
If the number of applications for this exam exceeds the number of places available, priority access will be given to doctors on our Basic Specialist Training programme. Priority will next be given to candidates with only one attempt left. All remaining applications will then be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
If there are withdrawals from the exam, the next person on the waiting list will be offered a place.
If we can't offer you a place in the clinical exam, you will receive a full refund of the fee.
The fee to sit Part II Clinical is €780. This exam is not currently held 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 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. Having an understanding of how each exam is formatted will help you prepare and develop good answering strategies.
When you're preparing your study plan, make sure to refer to the documents made available below.
Due to COVID-19, written and clinical examinations due to take place in April, May and June 2020 are not going ahead and will be rescheduled to late summer/early autumn 2020.
We aim to have further information on these rescheduled examinations and all other examination offerings that were scheduled for 2020 available here at the end of April 2020.
Before you apply, please read our Cancellation policy
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.