International Residency Training Programme in Paediatrics

Trainee performing check up.

DEVELOP YOUR SPECIALIST PAEDIATRIC SKILLS IN IRELAND

Our International Residency Training Programme in Paediatrics has been developed in conjunction with the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS) and gives you the opportunity to complete your core Paediatric training in Ireland.

The International Residency Training Programme in Paediatrics is a three-year training programme, fully delivered in Ireland, certified by RCPI and recognised for registration purposes by the SCFHS. It has been designed to train doctors in the secondary care and prevention of Paediatric disease and illness. Training is primarily structured around developing skills and expertise within four core areas; General Paediatrics, Neonatology, Subspecialty Training and Clinical Judgement.

Successful completion of the International Residency Training Programme in Paediatrics leads to:

  • Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) in Paediatrics
  • A Certificate of Achievement of Residency Training awarded by RCPI and recognised by the SCFHS

On completion of the training programme, you will be eligible for classification as a Senior Registrar in Paediatrics in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as if you had completed the Saudi Board Residency Programme and associated exams in Paediatrics. 

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To apply for the International Residency Training Programme in Paediatrics:

  • You must have completed your primary medical degree through English in a SCFHS recognised centre
  • You must have completed a structured internship
  • You must be a National of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • You must have provisional sponsorship to cover your fees, salary and living expenses
  • You must have two letters of recommendation from senior clinical or academic supervisors at your University or hospital
  • You must not currently hold a position on a Residency Programme in Saudi Arabia

Following acceptance onto the Programme, you must:

  • Achieve an Academic IELTS score of overall 7.0 (with no one domain less than 6.5) or an overall OET score of B (with a minimum score of B in each domain)
  • Complete all requirements for registration with the Irish Medical Council

In order to train in Ireland, the Irish Medical Council requires that you possess one of the following qualifications to exempt you from their Pre-Registration Examination System (PRES) Level 2:

  • Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) Part 1
  • United States Medical Licencing Exam (USMLE) Step 1 and 2
  • Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE)
  • Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I 
  • Australian Medical Council MCQ (AMC)

To view a full list of exempting qualifications from PRES Level 2 can be found on the Irish Medical Council website

Candidates that possess MRCPI/UK, the required IELTS/OET and/or one of the above-mentioned qualifications for Irish Medical Council registration may be given priority at interview. 

Residency Training in Paediatrics: What to Expect

Dedicated Clinical Tutor

You will be assigned a clinical tutor for the duration of your training in Ireland. This individual will be in place to participate in development, direction, teaching, facilitation and testing of trainees on the International Residnecy Training Programme in Paediatrics. They will be a huge support to you on your road to successful completion of Residency Training in Paediatrics with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. 

Year 1

Your first year of training in Ireland will build your core skills in General Paediatrics, including exposure to the following key child health areas; Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, Developmental delay, Autism assessment and Emergency Paediatrics.

  • You will complete this year of training in an approved training post in Ireland under the supervision of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
  • You will be required to attempt the MRCPI Part 1 Written examination in Paediatrics
  • You may elect to sit the MRCPI Part 2 Written examination in Paediatrics
  • You will be required to pass an End of Year Evaluation in Ireland

The first 9 months of your first year in training will be spent in General Paediatrics, before moving on to your first 3-month subspecialty rotation. 

Doctor performing check up.
Doctor attends to neonate

Year 2

Your second year of training will include a rotation in the core area of Neonatology, in addition to a number of subspecialty rotations, such as Paediatric Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Respiratory, etc.

  • You will complete this year of training in an approved training post in Ireland under the supervision of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
  • If not achieved in Year 1, you will be required to pass the MRCPI Part 1 & 2 Written examination in Paediatrics
  • You will be required to pass the MRCPI Part 2 Clinical examination in Paediatrics
  • You will be required to pass an End of Year Evaluation in Ireland

This year will be spent in one of the major children's hospitals in Dublin. You will rotate across 4 of the core subspecialty areas during this 12-month period.

Year 3

Further to completion of the MRCPI in Paediatrics, the final year of training in Ireland will be spent at the Senior Resident level, during which time you will have the opportunity to develop your clinical independence and decision-making skills. You will complete your last subspecialty rotation for the first 3 months of your final year, before completing one final 9-month rotation in General Paediatrics. 

  • You will be required to complete all requirements for training and to pass your Final Year Evaluation
Doctor with nursing student

Dr Laila Al Shaqsi discusses her experience of Clinical Fellowship training in General Paediatrics with RCPI

Dr Huda Al Dhanhani and Prof Karina Butler share their experience as a trainee and trainer on the International Clinical Fellowship Programme in Paediatrics

SUPPORTING YOUR MOVE TO IRELAND

Making sure everything is in place before you start

At RCPI, we know that moving to another country involves a lot of preparation and paperwork.

We are committed to making this process as easy as possible for all doctors who are accepted onto our international training programmes.

The support we offer in association with Castel Education, an agency that specialises in supporting international students coming to Ireland, includes:

  • English language tutoring in preparation for taking the IELTS/OET and achieving the required score
  • Visa and immigration assistance, including liaising with the Irish Embassy on your behalf
  • Helping you apply for registration with the Irish Medical Council
  • Helping you make travel arrangements
  • Collecting you at the airport in Ireland
  • Helping you find suitable accommodation
  • Helping your family members move to Ireland, e.g. finding suitable schools
  • Assistance with setting up 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

Graduate, Clinical Fellowship in Maternal Medicine

Trainees on the International Clinical Fellowship Programme discuss their experience with RCPI

Meet the Residency Training Management Team

John Magner

Head of International Affairs

Tel: +353 1 863 9700

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

Colm Small

Interim Head of Training and Education

Tel: 353 1 8639 611

Colm has overall responsibility for our Training and Education departments. He joined the College in November 2019. Colm graduated from UCD with a B. Comm in 1992 and in 1993 with a Masters in Business from the UCD Smurfit School of Business. He spent a number of years in UCD in various senior managerial roles before joining the RCPI. The most recent of these being Head of UCD Smurfit’s student recruitment and admissions.

Jack O'Flanagan

Manager, IMG Training Programmes

Tel: +353 (0)1 863 9715

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

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.