Our International Residency Training Programme in Internal Medicine is now fully approved and recognised by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS), bringing it further in line with the Irish Basic Specialist Training (BST) programme.
This three to four-year postgraduate specialist training programme gives nominated graduates of approved medical colleges, the opportunity to undertake Residency training with one of the world’s leading postgraduate medical training bodies. Training is delivered and certified by RCPI.
The three-year Programme is designed to ensure that graduates will be eligible to be registered as a Senior Registrar in Internal Medicine, as if they had completed the Saudi Board Residency Programme and associated examinations in Internal Medicine.
Doctors recruited in the upcoming intake will be joining a three-year Residency Programme, delivered fully in Ireland.
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 exempt you from their Pre-Registration Examination System (PRES) Level 2:
To view a full list of exempting qualifications from PRES Level 2, visit 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.
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.
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.