Changes to MRCPI Paediatrics exam: Single Best Answer paper to replace essay paper from October 2019

Ensuring MRCPI Paediatrics exam is delivered in line with international best practice

Updated 25 September 2019 - New blueprint available

We are changing the format of the MRCPI Paediatrics Part II Written examination to ensure it is delivered in line with international best practice, while remaining unique to Ireland and relevant to our trainees.

The changes will come into effect at the October 2019 sitting of the examination.

The Part II Written examination currently consists of one essay paper and one short answer question paper.

The new exam format will consist of one Single Best Answer paper, replacing the essay paper, and one short answer question paper.

There is no change to the format of the short answer question paper.

Candidates must achieve a pass in both papers to pass the exam.

The format of the Part II Clinical exam will also undergo a number of changes, which are due to be implemented in November 2019.

In addition to these changes, we recently updated the question bank for the Part I exam to ensure all questions reflect up to date medical practice and are more appropriate to a candidate’s stage of training. No new topics have been added.

Taken together, these changes will protect the integrity and international reputation of this Membership examination and ensure that it remains relevant as a prestigious postgraduate qualification.

An updated blueprint for the MRCPI in Paediatrics written examinations is now available

Contact us

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