Joint Residency Training Programme

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Develop your specialist skills in Saudi Arabia and Ireland

The Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS) and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) are continuing to develop the Joint Residency Training Programme in Internal Medicine, as formally established in 2016.

This postgraduate medical training programme gives nominated graduates of approved medical colleges the opportunity to train in Saudi Arabia and Ireland. It is jointly accredited and supervised by the SCFHS and RCPI.

The Joint Residency Training Programme in Internal Medicine is a four-year training programme. You will spend the first year in approved training posts in Saudi Arabia and the following three years in approved training posts in Ireland.

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Dr Saleh AlDraiweesh - International Clinical Fellow in Gastroenterology (October 2016) 1

Entry requirements for the Joint Residency Training Programme in Internal Medicine

For entry to Year 1 in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

You can apply for the first year of the Joint Residency Training Programme if you:

  • Completed your primary medical degree through English in a SCFHS recognised centre
  • Completed a structured internship
  • Are a National of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Have provisional sponsorship to cover your fees, salary and living expenses
  • Have two letters of recommendation from senior supervisors within your University or Hospital
  • Have an average Academic IELTS score of 6.5, with at least 2 scores of 6.5 or more and no score less than 6 in each component 

 

Progression requirements for Year 2 of training in the Republic of Ireland 

Further to appointment to the Programme you must achieve the following requirements during Year 1 of training in Saudi Arabia to progress to Year 2 of training in Ireland: 

  • Pass the Saudi Board Part 1 examination in Internal Medicine
  • Pass the MRCPI Part I Written examination in General Medicine
  • Achieve an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with no individual scores less than 6.5
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Joint Residency Training Programme: What to expect

Year 1 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • You will complete year one Saudi Board Modules and requirements in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and must successfully pass the Saudi Board Part 1 examination.
  • You will be required to pass the MRCPI Part I examination in General Medicine
  • You must successfully achieve an Academic IELTS English Language standard of an overall score of 7.0 (no one module less than 6.5)
  • You will be required to pass an End of Year Assessment in Saudi Arabia

On achieving the above criteria you will be exempt from the Saudi Board Promotion Examination

Year 2 in Ireland

  • 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 pass the MRCPI Part II Written examination in General Medicine
  • You will be required to pass an End of Year Assessment in Ireland

On achieving the above criteria you will be exempt from the Saudi Board Promotion Examination

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Year 3 in Ireland

  • 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 pass the MRCPI Part II Clinical examination in General Medicine
  • You will be required to pass an End of Year Assessment in Ireland

On achieving the above criteria you will be exempt from the Saudi Board Promotion Examination

Year 4 in Ireland

  • 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 pass an End of Year Assessment in Ireland

On achieving the above criteria you will be exempt from the Saudi Board Promotion Examination

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RCPI/SCFHS Induction Session for First Year Trainees on the Joint Residency Training Programme in Internal Medicine ~ Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ~ January 2018

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 complimentary services for doctors and their families, such as:

  • English language tutoring 
  • 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
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"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 Residency Training 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 Lead, International Training

Tel: +353 1 863 9764

Taimse is the Team Lead for training on the International Clinical Fellowship Programme and the Joint Residency Training Programme. She manages all matters related to the International Training Programmes.

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.