MRCPI General Medicine Part II Clinical Class Room Teaching

MRCPI General Medicine Part II Clinical Class Room Teaching

The MRCPI General Medicine Part II Clinical exam assesses your clinical skills, for example your ability to take a history, perform clinical examinations and formulate investigation and management plans.

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 Clinical (Exam format)

The MRCPI General Medicine Part II Clinical exam assesses your clinical skills, for example your ability to take a history, perform clinical examinations and formulate investigation and management plans.

You will be asked to examine two 25-minute long cases and five ten-minute short cases, one of which is a communication and ethics interaction with a role player.

Long case stations

At each long case station you will examine a patient for 25 minutes. You have 20 minutes in which to take a history while observed by one examiner and to perform a focused and directed examination. A 10 minute notification will be given. You then have 5 minutes to discuss investigations and management.

Short case stations

There are five short case stations. Four of the stations will have a patient. The fifth station focuses on communication and will have a role-player instead of a patient.

In the first six minutes at each station you will be asked to examine the patient and elicit and interpret physical signs. During the next four minutes, the examiner will ask questions relevant to the clinical examination that you have just carried out.

For further details on the clinical examination format please download the appropriate document located at the end of this page

Entry requirements

  • You must have passed MCRPI General Medicine Part II Written within the last two years
  • If this two-year period has expired, you must re-sit Part II Written

Places in this exam are limited

If the number of applications for this exam exceeds the number of places available, we will prioritise doctors on our Basic Specialist Training programme. Priority access is also given to candidates with only one attempt left. All remaining applications will then be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

If we can't offer you a place in the clinical exam, you will be placed on a waiting list and you will be offered a place if one becomes available. If you are not allocated a place, you will receive a refund of your fee.

Application fee

The fee to sit Part II Clinical is €770 in Ireland, or €1,310 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

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.