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The International Residency Training Programme in Internal Medicine is a three-year training programme, developed by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. It is fully delivered in Ireland, certified by RCPI and recognised for registration purposes by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS).
The International Residency Training Programme in Internal Medicine 2021 opens for applications from November 2 - December 20 2020.
The International Residency Training Programme in Internal Medicine is designed to train doctors in the secondary care and prevention of adult disease and illness. Training is primarily structured around developing skills and expertise within the core areas of General Internal Medicine, Subspecialty Training and Clinical Judgement.
Successful completion of the International Residency Training Programme in Internal Medicine leads to:
On Tuesday, November 17 we hosted a free webinar for applicants to the International Residency Training Programme in Internal Medicine. This webinar discussed the application process, outlined what to expect from the programme, heard from its expert trainers and from RCPI on what to expect of a move to Ireland. At the end of the webinar an expert panel answered questions about this programme and the application process. This webinar is now available to watch back at the link below.
To apply for the International Residency Training Programme in Internal Medicine:
Following acceptance into the programme, you must:
In order to train in Ireland, the Irish Medical Council requires that you possess one of the following qualifications:
To view a full list of exempting qualifications from PRES Level 2, visit the Irish Medical Council website.
Candidates that possess Part 1 of the 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.
Practicing medicine in Ireland is a rich experience on both the professional and personal levels. As I progressed during my medical training with RCPI, I got the privilege of observing and working with great teachers and capable specialists in their field. Being involved in providing interdisciplinary medical care to patients with evidence based approach is a cornerstone in how medicine is practiced in Ireland. That taught me to get to know my patients personally and have a holistic approach in addressing their medical needs. I’m happy that I got the opportunity to come to Ireland and being challenged to achieve the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. This has helped consolidate my medical knowledge and evolve as a capable physician.
Dr Husam AlzayerTrainee on the Joint Residency Training Programme in Internal Medicine
Year 1 in Ireland
Your first year of training in Ireland will build your core skills in Medicine, including exposure to the following key health areas such as Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Medicine for the Elderly and Respiratory Medicine.
Year 2 in Ireland
Your second year of training will include rotations specialties such as General Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Emergency Medicine and Nephrology.
Year 3 in Ireland
Final mandatory rotations will be completed in your final year of training such as ICU/Critical Care and Neurology, with the option to gain exposure to areas such as Dermatology, Haematology, etc.
Further to completion of the MRCPI in General Internal medicine, your third and 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 also have the opportunity to select an elective area of practice that interests you and focus on this sub-specialty for a number of months.
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 WashahiClinical Fellowship Trainee 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.
Contact Louise for information about our International Clinical Fellowship Programme. She is responsible for Post Interview/Site Management. She looks after the current ICFP trainees.
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.