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:
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.
To apply for the International Residency Training Programme in Paediatrics:
Following acceptance onto the Programme, you must:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Huda Al Dhanhani and Prof Karina Butler share their experience as a trainee and trainer on the International Clinical Fellowship Programme in Paediatrics
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:
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 WashahiGraduate, Clinical Fellowship in Maternal Medicine
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 manages all matters relating to the International Clinical Fellowship Programme and the Joint Residency Training Programme.
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.