MRCPI General Medicine Part II Class Room Teaching
The MRCPI Part II Written consists of two papers, each containing 75 Single Best Answer questions about the diagnosis and management of patients.The vignettes (clinical scenarios) in Part II questions are generally longer and more descriptive than in the Part I examination. Interpretation of investigation and quick data analysis are required. There are no basic science questions.
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 II Written (Exam format)
The MRCPI Part II Written consists of two papers, each containing 75 Single Best Answer questions about the diagnosis and management of patients.
The vignettes (clinical scenarios) in Part II questions are generally longer and more descriptive than in the Part I examination. Interpretation of investigation and quick data analysis are required. There are no basic science questions.
The exam lasts five hours in total; each paper is 2.5 hours long. There is a one-hour break between papers. You are not required to pass both papers individually.
There is no negative marking and each question is equally weighted so we advise you to attempt all questions.
Entry requirements for Part II Written
- You must have passed MRCPI General Medicine Part I or MRCPI Paediatrics Part I within the last seven years
- If this seven-year period has expired, you must re-sit MCRPI Part I
If you have one of the qualifications listed above under About MRCPI General Medicine Part I, you are exempt from MRCPI General Medicine Part I, which means you can apply to Part II Written now. As part of the application process you will be asked to upload an attested copy of your equivalent qualification(s).
The fee to sit Part II Written is €635 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 from Part II Written?
If you hold FRACP you can apply for exemption from MRCPI General Medicine Part II Written.
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.