International Clinical Fellowship Programme

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Apply now for programmes commencing July 2018

Apply by 13 August 2017

We are now accepting applications for International Clinical Fellowship Programmes commencing July 2018.

In order to apply, please email a copy of your CV and a letter of sponsorship to internationalaffairs@rcpi.ie

The closing date for applications is Sunday 13 August 2017.

Interviews will take place in October and November 2017.

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In order to apply please email your CV and a letter of sponsorship to our International Affairs team

Clinical Fellowship Training in Ireland

Are you an ambitious doctor seeking advanced training in your chosen specialty?

Our International Clinical Fellowship Programme (ICFP) offers clinical training to doctors from outside Ireland who are sponsored by their government, hospital or national training body.

We offer Fellowship training in the following specialties:

The ICFP offers a unique opportunity to develop professionally as a doctor and learn advanced skills that will be especially beneficial for the health service in your home country.

The programme is offered over one or two years of clinical training, after which you are required to return to your country of origin. In certain circumstances, the period of training may be extended to three years.

The ICFP is completed under the guidance of leading consultant trainers in accredited hospitals across Ireland. There is an emphasis on acquiring expertise in techniques and subspecialties for which there is limited, or no, training in your home country.

The programme has been developed in conjunction with postgraduate medical training bodies in Ireland with the support of the Health Service Executive National Doctors Training and Planning (HSE NDTP).

On completion of the ICFP, you will be awarded with a Certificate of Clinical Fellowship Training in your chosen specialty by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

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Trainees talking.

Tailored to Your Individual Needs

Our dedicated ICFP support team will discuss your experience so far and what additional training you require in order to realise your career plans.

This allows us to tailor the ICFP to your individual needs and to the needs of the health service in your home country.

Entry Requirements

In order to participate in ICFP you must:

  • Have completed your primary medical degree through English
  • Have completed a structured internship (equivalent to ‘house officer’ in some jurisdictions)
  • Have completed a four/five-year national Residency Programme and incorporated examinations (Saudi or Arab Board, or FRCPath Part 1 for Pathology Specialties)
  • Have at least one year's experience post-Residency training in your chosen specialty
  • Be eligible to be registered with the Irish Medical Council (Supervised Division)
  • Be sponsored by your national body (we do not accept self-sponsored candidates)
  • Have an academic IELTS overall bandscore of 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each of the four domains

Members of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (i.e. doctors who have achieved MRCPI) will be given priority. If you are interested in taking the MRCPI in General Internal Medicine or Paediatrics please note that holders of the full Arab/Omani/Saudi Board are exempt from MRCPI Part I. Priority will also be given to candidates who hold MRCPUK.

In addition to the general entry requirements listed above, certain specialties have additional specific requirements, which are outlined in the relevant ICFP curriculum.

Trainee studying.
Doctors reviewing notes.

International Clinical Fellowship Programme in General Internal Medicine and its subspecialties

Available in (curriculum attached):

International Clinical Fellowship Programme in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and its subspecialties

Available in (curriculum attached):

Paediatrics at RCPI

"I wanted to be trained in a centre of excellence. I was impressed by RCPI’s training programme, which has a lot of hands on experience, and a good balance between supervision and independent clinical practice. The RCPI team are very cooperative and helpful. It’s an amazing experience. I would highly recommend it to others."

Dr Saleh Al Draiweesh

Clinical Fellowship Trainee in Gastroenterology
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INTERNATIONAL CLINICAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME in Occupational Medicine

Available in:

  • Occupational Medicine (Curriculum under review) - You must hold Licentiateship of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (LFOM)  

International Clinical Fellowship Programme in Paediatrics and its subspecialties

Available in (curriculum attached):

Trainee performing check up.

"The most important thing is that everything is very well organised beforehand and the programme is very well structured. It is also very easy to communicate with supervisors and the College. If you have any kind of issue, they sort it out as soon as possible, which is really great."

Dr Waddah Ashram

Clinical Fellowship Trainee in Cardiology
Racks of vials.

International Clinical Fellowship Programme in Pathology and its subspecialties

Available in (curriculum attached):

  • Chemical Pathology - You must hold FRC Path 1in Clinical Biochemistry 
  • Clinical Microbiology - You must hold FRCPath Part 1 Medical Microbiology  
  • Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Curriculum under review)
  • Haematology - You must hold MRCPI or MRCP(UK)  
  • Histopathology - You must hold FRCPath Part 1 in Histopathology  

International Clinical Fellowship Programme in Public Health Medicine

Available in:

  • Public Health Medicine (Curriculum under review)
Public health medicine.

"Being a Trainee with the RCPI was a dream come true for me. One of the most important things I learned from being a Trainee in Ireland is how to improve doctor-patient communication. If you want to understand the meaning of patient-centred care, just come here. There really is person centred care and great doctor patient communication, inside and outside the hospitals."

Dr Abrar Jamal Al Waheed

Clinical Fellowship Trainee in Haematology

English Language Requirements

Doctors applying to our International Clinical Fellowship Programmes must have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall bandscore of 7.0 and a minimum score of 6.5 in each of the four domains. The IELTS test taken must be 'Academic' and must have been completed within the last two years. Unfortunately, the Medical Council of Ireland does not accept any other certificate (i.e. TOEFL).

You will be assessed for communication skills and clinical competence at interview and must be deemed competent in these areas before you can be accepted onto the programme.

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Supporting your move to Ireland

Making sure everything is in place before you start

We know that moving to another country to undertake medical training involves a lot of preparation and paperwork. We are committed to making sure that each doctor coming to Ireland will enjoy as smooth a transition as possible to our training programmes.  

Castel Education, an agency that specialises in supporting individuals and families coming to Ireland, is our chosen partner to provide a range of services for doctors and their families, such as

  • Visa and immigration assistance, including liaison with the relevant Irish Embassy
  • Facilitating registration with the Irish Medical Council
  • Travel arrangements
  • Airport collection in Ireland
  • Identifying suitable accommodation options, arranging viewings and lease review
  • Identifying suitable education and childcare options
  • Establishing banking and mobile phone accounts
  • Emergency telephone support

 

"Once accepted onto the programme, RCPI have a dedicated team to help me with the registration process step-by-step, until you’re completely settled in Ireland. They were fantastic, and were available for queries throughout the entire fellowship."

Dr Fatima Al Washahi

Clinical Fellowship Trainee in Maternal Medicine

Meet our Team

John Magner

Head of International Affairs

Tel: +353 1 863 9700

John Magner has overall responsibility for our international medical graduate training programmes.

Ciara Buckley

Manager, International Affairs

Tel: +353 1 863 9757

Ciara manages the International Affairs Department at RCPI.

Taimse Tracey

Team Leader, International Affairs

Tel: +353 1 863 9764

Contact Taimse if you have questions about our International Clinical Fellowship Programmes and Joint Residency Training Programmes.

Gabriela Tomkiel

Programme Coordinator, International Training

Tel: +353 (0)1 863 9786

Contact Gabriela for information about our International Clinical Fellowship Programme. She is responsible for the Recruitment & Selection Process for ICFP. She looks after the new candidates interested in ICFP.

Laura Kenna

Programme Coordinator, International Training

Tel: +353 (1) 863 9783

Contact Laura for information about our International Clinical Fellowship Programme. She is responsible for Post Interview/Site Management. She looks after the current ICFP trainees.

Stephanie Neylon

Programme Coordinator, International Training

Tel: +353 (0)1 863 9760

Contact Stephanie for information about our International Clinical Fellowship Programme. She is responsible for Post Interview/Site Management. She looks after the current ICFP trainees.