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Our International Residency Training Programme in Paediatrics has been developed in conjunction with the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS) and gives you the opportunity to complete your core Internal Medicine training in Ireland.
The International Residency Training Programme in Internal Medicine will open for applications for the 2022/2023 intake across 27 October - 10 November 2021.
The International Residency Training Programme in Internal Medicine is a three-year training programme, fully delivered in Ireland, certified by RCPI and recognised for registration purposes by the SCFHS. It has been designed to train doctors in the secondary care and prevention of adult disease and illness. Training is primarily structured around developing skills and expertise within four core areas; General Internal Medicine, Subspecialty Training and Clinical Judgement.
Successful completion of the International Residency Training Programme in Internal Medicine leads to:
On Tuesday 26 October 2021, we held an informational webinar for those interested in hearing more about our Residency Programme in Internal Medicine or in Paediatrics. Our expert panel, made up of Programme Directors, Clinical Tutors, Trainees on the Programmes and members of the RCPI Residency Programme management team, discussed postgraduate medical training in Ireland, the supports available to international Trainees, the application process and much more. A lively Q&A session at the end of the webinar covered any questions submitted on the day.
See below a full recording of this webinar.
To apply for the International Residency Training Programme in Internal Medicine:
Following acceptance into the programme, you must:
In order to train in Ireland, the Irish Medical Council requires that you possess one of the following qualifications:
To view a full list of exempting qualifications from PRES Level 2, visit the Irish Medical Council website.
Candidates that possess Part 1 of the MRCPI/UK, the required IELTS/OET and/or one of the above-mentioned qualifications for Irish Medical Council registration may be given priority at interview.
"Practicing medicine in Ireland is a rich experience on both the professional and personal levels. As I progressed during my medical training with RCPI, I got the privilege of observing and working with great teachers and capable specialists in their field. Being involved in providing interdisciplinary medical care to patients with evidence based approach is a cornerstone in how medicine is practiced in Ireland. That taught me to get to know my patients personally and have a holistic approach in addressing their medical needs. I’m happy that I got the opportunity to come to Ireland and being challenged to achieve the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. This has helped consolidate my medical knowledge and evolve as a capable physician."
Dr Husam AlzayerTrainee on the Joint Residency Training Programme in Internal Medicine
The International Residency Training Programme in Internal Medicine is a 3-year Programme, delivered fully in Ireland.
Year 1 in Ireland
Your first year of training in Ireland will build your core skills in Medicine, including exposure to the following key health areas such as Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Medicine for the Elderly and Respiratory Medicine.
Year 2 in Ireland
Your second year of training will include rotations specialties such as General Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Emergency Medicine and Nephrology.
Year 3 in Ireland
Final mandatory rotations will be completed in your final year of training such as ICU/Critical Care and Neurology, with the option to gain exposure to areas such as Dermatology, Haematology, etc.
Further to completion of the MRCPI in General Internal medicine, your third and final year of training in Ireland will be spent at the Senior Resident level, during which time you will have the opportunity to develop your clinical independence and decision-making skills. You will also have the opportunity to select an elective area of practice that interests you and focus on this sub-specialty for a number of months.
At RCPI, we know that moving to another country involves a lot of preparation and paperwork.
We are committed to making this process as easy as possible for all doctors who are accepted onto our international training programmes.
The support we offer in association with Castel Education, an agency that specialises in supporting international students coming to Ireland, includes:
"Once accepted onto the programme, RCPI have a dedicated team to help me with the registration process step-by-step, until you’re completely settled in Ireland. They were fantastic, and were available for queries throughout the entire fellowship."
Dr Fatima Al WashahiClinical Fellowship Trainee in Maternal Medicine
John Magner has overall responsibility for our international medical graduate training programmes.
Taimse manages RCPI's Residency and Clinical Fellowship Programmes and plays a central role in their growth and development. Working closely with the International Training Team, she is dedicated to ensuring that each International Trainee is well supported and gets the most out of their training and experience in Ireland.
Contact Louise for information about our International Residency Programme. She is responsible for Post Interview/Site Management. She looks after the current IRP trainees.