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International Clinical Fellowship Programme

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.

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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.

 

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 or grade B in OET

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.

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Click the below link to email the International Affairs Team directly for answers to your qeuries

Train with leading consultant trainers in accredited hospitals across Ireland

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.

"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

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
Trainees reviewing chart.

INTERNATIONAL CLINICAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME in Occupational Medicine

Available in:

  • Occupational Medicine - 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):

International Clinical Fellowship Programme in Public Health Medicine

Available in:

  • Public Health Medicine (Curriculum under review)

"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. The OET exam is also accepted with a minimum grade of B required. 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.

Trainee talking to doctor.

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.

Taimse Tracey

Manager, International Training

Tel: +353 1 863 9764

Taimse manages all matters relating to the International Clinical Fellowship Programme and the Joint Residency Training Programme.

Dale Finnerty

Coordinator, International Affairs

Tel: 353 1 8639 760

Contact Dale for information about our International Clinical Fellowship Programme. She is responsible for Recruitment to the International Clinical Fellowship Programme.

Danielle Prenderville

Coordinator, International Affairs

Tel: 353 1 8639 641

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

Melanie Healy

Programme Coordinator, International Affairs

Tel: +353 (1) 863 9783

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

Lauren Dolphin

Programme Coordinator, International Affairs

Tel: 353 1 8639 790

Contact Lauren for information on the Joint Residency Training Programmes. She is responsible for Recruitment to the Joint Residency Training Programmes and Post Interview/ Site Management. She looks after the current JRTP trainees.