New examiners wanted for MRCPI General Medicine Part II Clinical exam

Doctor with patient

We need new examiners for the MRCPI General Medicine Part II Clinical exam

To become an examiner, simply book a place on one of our upcoming examiner training courses

With more exam sittings, more candidates and more exam centres than ever before, we need doctors to sign up to become examiners for the MRCPI General Medicine Part II Clinical.

You can apply to become an examiner if you

  • hold a substantive consultant post or have retired from clinical practice within the last 12 months
  • are a Member or Fellow of RCPI in good standing or a Fellow of an equivalent college*

You will need to complete a short examiner training course in the form of a two-hour workshop, which is approved for 2 CPD credits.

At this workshop you will learn about the exam format, how to calibrate examination patients and how to set marking criteria. You will be trained to mark candidates fairly and objectively.

* If you are not a Member or Fellow of RCPI but are a Fellow of an equivalent college, you will need to send your CV to the Director of Examinations at examinations@rcpi.ie to get approval to become an examiner.

Apply now to become an examiner

To become an examiner, simply book a place on one of our upcoming examiner training courses:

  • 25 March 2019, 3pm - 5pm in RCPI, Setanta House, Dublin 2

Why become an examiner?

Becoming an examiner will help you improve your own teaching practice, as you will be able to give in-depth exam advice to Trainees who are preparing for MRCPI exams.

You will also gain a deeper understanding of the clinical skills and acumen you should expect from a Trainee exiting BST and entering HST.

When you examine at an MRCPI Clinical exam, you can expect

  • 5 CPD points in the Research or Teaching category
  • Your travel and accommodation expenses to be paid for by RCPI
  • Breakfast and lunch to be provided on the day of an exam
  • Administrative support from the RCPI examinations department

For newly qualified specialists, becoming an examiner will enhance your CV and create inter-specialty networking opportunities.

What does being an examiner involve?

The MRCPI General Medicine Part II Clinical exam assesses clinical skills, for example the ability to take a history, perform clinical examinations and formulate investigation and management plans.

The purpose of the examination is to

  • Provide an exit examination from Basic Specialist Training
  • Satisfy the application requirement to entry into Higher Specialist Training
  • Select Members of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Candidates are asked to examine two 25-minute long cases and five ten-minute short cases, one of which is a communication and ethics interaction with a role player.

The exam takes place three times a year in February, June and October.

On the day of an exam, you will need to be at the exam centre from 8am – 2pm. On arrival you will receive detailed instructions and you will be allocated to an exam station with a patient or role player. You will then calibrate your case before co-calibrating with another examiner to ensure fairness and consistency.

There are two two-hour exam cycles, the first at 9am and the second at 11.30am, with a 30 minute break at 11am. The exam finishes at 1.30pm.

Why do we need more examiners?

Since 2013, we have:

  • Doubled the number of MRCPI General Medicine Part II Clinical exam sittings in Ireland from six per year to 12 per year
  • Increased the number of General Medicine Part II Clinical places in Ireland by over 60%, from 257 to 420 per year
  • Increased the number of General Medicine Part II Clinical exam centres to include Cork, Galway, Sligo and Manorhamilton, as well as Beaumont and Tallaght
  • Eliminated waiting lists for the General Medicine Part II Clinical exam

This increase in candidate numbers and exam centres means that the number of examiners we need for each exam sitting has increased from 40 to 70.

Please sign up today to become an examiner for the MRCPI General Medicine Part II Clinical exam

Simply book a place at one of our upcoming examiner training workshops:

  • 25 March 2019, 3pm - 5pm in RCPI, Setanta House, Dublin 2

Examinations Department

Tel: +353 1 863 9700

Our Examinations Department is happy to talk to you about applying to any of our postgraduate examinations.