MRCPI course

Everything You Need to Know MRCPI exam eligibility and exam pattern

The Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) is a highly respected postgraduate medical qualification. It is recognized worldwide awarded by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. It is a testament to the high level of expertise and knowledge of physicians who have passed the exam.

Eligibility Criteria for MRCPI Exam

Medical Qualification
You must have a primary medical qualification recognized by the Irish Medical Council, the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom, or the Medical Council of Canada.
Medical Registration
Must be register with the relevant medical council or licensing authority in your country.
Clinical Experience
You must have a minimum of four years of postgraduate clinical experience.
Language Proficiency
Candidate must be having good command of the English language, as the exam is conduct in English.
Exam Pattern
The MRCPI exam consists of two components , Part 2 written and Part 2 osce/clinical


  • The MRCPI Obstetrics and Gynaecology Part II Written examination consists of one exam paper with 100 Single Best Answer questions.
  • You have three hours to complete the exam.
  • Single Best Answer questions consist of a ‘vignette’ (clinical scenario) followed by five possible answers. You must select the single best answer.

This examination is comprise of two components, an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) and a clinical exam. During the OSCE, you will go through seven ten-minute stations with a rest station available for you to take a short break and prepare for the next station.

The clinical exam will consist of a single, long case in either obstetrics or gynaecology, which will be simulate and will not involve any patient interaction. You will have 25 minutes to take a detail history, perform an examination using model equipment, and interact with a role player; all while being observe by two examiners. Afterward, you will have the opportunity to discuss the case with the examiners.
Passing the exam requires dedication, hard work, and preparation.

Tips to help you pass the exam

Start Early
Start preparing for the exam early. Focus on the important topics and use study materials that are relevant to the exam.
You can practice with your colleagues or use simulated clinical stations.
Stay Updated
Updated with the latest developments in medicine and the exam format.
Stay Calm
Don’t panic if you don’t know the answer to a question.

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