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Regulations and
Information for
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MRCPI Part II
Medicine of
Childhood
Written



2013 Edition



Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
Frederick House
19 South Frederick Street
Dublin 2
Tel: 00353 1 8639700
 2013 Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
Contents
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1.       Introduction ...................................................................................... 3

2.       MRCPI Qualification......................................................................... 3
         2.1 MRCPI Qualification Map ............................................................................ 4


3.       MRCPI Part II Medicine of Childhood Written Examination
         3.1 Entry requirements .......................................................................... 5
         3.2 Exemptions ................................................................................... 5
         3.3 Examination locations ...................................................................... 5
         3.4 Preparation for MRCPI Part II Medicine of Childhood Written Examination. 5


4.       How to enter the MRCPI Part II Medicine of Childhood Written
         Examination
         4.1    Method of application................................................................................... 6
         4.2    Visas ............................................................................................................ 6
         4.3    Examination fees ......................................................................................... 6
         4.4    Withdrawal from the examination ................................................................ 7
         4.5    Examination registration .............................................................................. 7


5.       MRCPI Part II Medicine of Childhood Written Examination Format
         5.1    Essay Paper (Paper 1) ................................................................................ 7
         5.2    Short Question Paper (Paper 2) ......................................................... 7
         5.3    Examination technique ................................................................................ 8
         5.4    Examination rules and guidelines ................................................................ 8


6.       Fire Evacuation .............................................................................. 10

7.       Code of Conduct ......................................................................................... 10
         7.1.1 Report procedure ...................................................................................... 11
         7.1.2 Investigation procedure ............................................................................. 11


8.       Adapted Examination Arrangements ........................................... 12

9.       Examination Results .................................................................................. 12
         9.1 Recheck procedure and appeals policy ..................................................... 12




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1.       Introduction
Membership of the Royal college of Physicians of Ireland (College) is governed by the By-Laws
of the College. The following Regulations apply to all candidates entering for the MRCPI
examinations. Any decision on the interpretation of these Regulations made by the College is
binding. The acceptance of any application is at the sole discretion of the College. Every
candidate for Membership of the College must pass all parts of the Membership Examination
unless exemption has been granted as indicated in section 3.2 below.

The MRCPI Part II Medicine of Childhood Written Examination consists of two papers which
pose questions about the diagnosis and management of clinical conditions, to a level
appropriate for entry to specialist training. Candidates who wish to become Members of the
College must pass this examination in order to progress to the MRCPI Part II Paediatrics Clinical
Examination.

2.       MRCPI Qualification
The MRCPI Part I Paediatrics examination is held in Dublin as well as a number of overseas
centres. Details of these centres can be accessed via the website at www.rcpi.ie. Candidates
who wish to apply to sit the MRCPI Part I Medicine of Childhood examination will not be
accepted for the examination before the expiry of 18 months from the date given on their
diploma of medical qualification.

Candidates are not required to have undergone training in specific posts before entry to the
examination, but the College recommends that candidates prepare by spending time gaining
clinical experience in suitable hospital posts, studying up-to-date clinical textbooks and by
reading current medical journals.

There is no restriction to the number of times a candidate can apply to sit the MRCPI Part I
Medicine of Childhood examination in order to pass. Candidates must pass the Part I Medicine
of Childhood examination before applying to enter the MRCPI Part II Medicine of Childhood
Written examination, unless they have been granted an exemption. Candidates have 7 years
from the date of successfully passing MRCPI Part I Medicine of Childhood in which to obtain
MRCPI Part II Medicine of Childhood Written. Successful candidates then have an additional
two years from the date of passing MRCPI Part II Medicine of Childhood Written in which to pass
MRCPI Part II Medicine of Childhood Clinical. There will be no extension to this 7 year period.
MRCPI Part I Medicine of Childhood examination will need to be retaken if more than 7 years
has elapsed since passing Part I.

Every candidate for MRCPI Part II Medicine of Childhood Written membership exams must have
submitted testimonials of his/her professional qualification and character references from two
Medical Practitioners of at least 5 years standing and statements on the approved form
regarding:

     Professional experience acceptable to the Education and Examination Committee
     Not keeping an open shop for the sale of medicine




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3.       MRCPI Part II Medicine of Childhood Written Examination
3.1 Entry requirements

Candidates must pass MCRPI Part I Paediatrics or Part I General Medicine Examination or have
an exemption to apply to sit MRCPI Part II Medicine of Childhood Written Examination.

Candidates are required to have completed at least 12 months post-registration work in
Paediatrics.

3.2 Exemptions

Candidates with the following qualifications can be considered eligible for exemption from
MRCPI Part I Paediatrics and can apply directly to MRCPI Part II Medicine of Childhood Written
Examination:

MRCPI (Part I only)                                 MRCPI (Part I and Part II Written only)
 MRCP(UK)                                            FRACP
 MRCPath
 MRCPCH                                             In addition to the above, the following
 MRACP                                              qualifications are also recognised for exemption
 FRCP(C)                                            from MRCPI Part I for Obstetrics and
                                                    Gynaecology ONLY:
     FCP(SA)
     MRCPsych                                           MRCOG Part I
     FCP&S in Medicine and Paediatrics (Pakistan)       MRACOG (Australia)
     The American Boards in General (Internal           MRNZCOG (New Zealand)
     Medicine and Paediatrics M. Med.(Malaysia)         FCOG (SA)
                                                        FCPS (O&G) (Pakistan)
                                                        MRANZCOG

Candidates claiming exemption must accompany their application with attested/certified proof of
this qualification. Documents can be attested by any one the following:

        Commissioner for Oaths
        Solicitor
        An Garda Siochana (Police)
        Issuing Authority

3.3 Examination locations

The MRCPI Part II Medicine of Childhood Written Examination is held in Dublin together with a
number of overseas centres. Details of these centres can be accessed via the website at
www.rcpi.ie.

3.4 Preparation for MRCPI Part II Medicine of Childhood Written Examination

All MRCPI examinations are conducted in the English language.

There are past papers for the Essay Paper only. The charge for these papers is 15 and these
can be purchased online here. The College recommends that candidates prepare by spending
time gaining clinical experience in suitable hospital posts, studying up-to-date clinical textbooks
and by reading current medical journals.

There is currently no syllabus available for the MRCPI Part II Medicine of Childhood Written
Examination.


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