MRCPI General Medicine Part I Online Course

MRCPI General Medicine Part I Online Course

This Online Course is intended for preparing the students of MRCPI Part I Examination. Questions will be formed covering all topics of MRCPI Exam syllabus. You will be able to access the online questions only after your course fee is credited to the account. After completion of each set of questions please check for answer. Explanation will be provided for each answer. For any specific query, please send mail at course@indchaptrcpi.org
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An internationally recognised qualification in General Medicine

Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) is an internationally recognised benchmark of excellence, valued by healthcare employers worldwide.

MRCPI is achieved through examination. MRCPI in General Medicine is accredited by the Medical Council of Ireland as the foremost knowledge-based assessment for internal medicine in Ireland and an essential component of specialist training in Ireland.

If you've chosen General Medicine as a career path you need expert knowledge of a wide range of common acute disorders. The qualification of MRCPI in General Medicine shows potential employers that you have advanced knowledge of General Medicine - You can effectively take a patient's history, perform clinical examinations and formulate investigation and management plans.

In Ireland, achieving MRCPI means you are ready to enter Higher Specialist Training, the final stage of training before independent practice.

MRCPI in General Medicine is

  • Rigorously reviewed and quality assured against international standards of clinical excellence
  • Approved by the Medical Council of Ireland as the foremost knowledge-based assessment for General Medicine in Ireland
  • An essential component of specialist training in Ireland
  • Mapped to the curriculum for Basic Specialist Training in General Internal Medicine
  • A requirement for entry to Higher Specialist Training in 16 medical specialties
  • Highly relevant to the practise of General Internal Medicine - Questions keep pace with the latest medical developments

MRCPI in General Medicine at a glance

There are three 'Parts' to the MRCPI in General Medicine exam:

  • MRCPI Part I
  • MRCPI Part II Written
  • MRCPI Part II Clinical

Each Part is taken separately and must be passed before you can progress to the next stage.

How to prepare

It's important to prepare for MRCPI exams and not to underestimate how long it takes to get ready to sit Part I. Having an understanding of how each exam is formatted and how questions are constructed will help you prepare and develop good answering strategies. When working in a busy clinical job with acute medical take, you should allow three to four months to prepare for MRCPI Part I.

When you're preparing your study plan, make sure to refer to the curriculum for Basic Specialist Training in General Internal Medicine, as the MRCPI in General Medicine is based on this curriculum. It serves as a 'blueprint' for the exam.

You should practise Single Best Answer questions by using books or online resources

About MRCPI General Medicine Part I (Exam format)

The MRCPI General Medicine Part I examination consists of one paper with 100 Single Best Answer questions. You have three hours to complete the exam. There is no negative marking and each question is equally weighted.

Single Best Answer questions consist of a 'vignette' (clinical scenario) followed by five possible answers. You must select the single best answer.

Questions in Part I are selected to achieve a balanced spread across medical specialties, the sciences underlying evidence-based medical practice, and the basic skills required in general medicine.

Questions will be on common or important diseases in hospital or community practice as outlined in the curriculum for Basic Specialist Training in General Internal Medicine. At least 75% of the questions will concern direct clinical care of inpatients and outpatients in hospital medical practice. Correct answers will be within up-to-date guidelines for diagnosis and management.

Basic science questions may cover anatomy, bacteriology, biochemistry, ethics, genetics, immunology, metabolics, physiology, principles of evidence-based practice and statistics.

Entry requirements for Part I

  • There must be at least 12 months between the date of your primary medical degree graduation and the date of the exam

There is no restriction to the number of times you can sit the MRCPI Part I examination.

What to include with your application

When you apply for this exam you will need to upload a scanned attested copy of your primary medical degree. The attestation must appear on the front of the copy. Your degree can be attested by:

  • An Garda Siochana (Irish police force)
  • The issuing University or Medical School
  • A solicitor/ notary public/ lawyer
  • A Commissioner for oaths
  • An Irish or British Consulate
  • Your Embassy or High Commissioner

Official translations will only be accepted if they have been prepared and/or authenticated by:

  • The issuing University or Medical School
  • An Irish or British Consulate
  • Your Embassy or High Commissioner

You must also upload a recent colour passport-style photograph (minimum resolution of 100*100 pixels).

This is an online application process - Please do not post your application or any supporting documents.

Application fee

The fee to sit Part I is €615 in Ireland, or €700 if you are taking the exam outside Ireland. The method of payment is credit or debit card, taken at the end of the online application process.

Don't forget, if you're in Ireland you can claim a refund of €450 under the HSE Clinical Course and Examination Refund Scheme

Are you exempt?

If you have one of the qualifications listed below, you are exempt from MRCPI General Medicine Part I, which means you are eligible to apply to MRCPI General Medicine Part II Written now. As part of the application process you will be asked to upload an attested copy of your equivalent qualification(s).

  • MRCP(UK)
  • MRCPath
  • MRCPCH
  • MRACP
  • FRCP(C)
  • FCP(SA)
  • Arab Boards in Medicine and Paediatrics
  • Saudi Boards in Medicine and Paediatrics
  • Omani Specialty Boards in General Medicine and Paediatrics
  • MRCPsych
  • FCPS in Medicine and Paediatrics (Pakistan)
  • The American Boards in General (Internal) Medicine and Paediatrics
  • MMed (Malaysia)

If you require a visa

If you require a visa to sit an exam, it is your responsibility to ensure the visa application is made in sufficient time before the examination date. We have no role in granting or refusing visas. A refund will not be given if you are unable to attend the examination as a result of a visa-related problem.