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What is MRCP Part 1?

What is MRCP Part 1?

  • MRCP(UK) Part 1 is the first of three exams that need to be taken – and passed – to become a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP). The following exams are MRCP Part 2 Written and MRCP 2 PACES.
  • Part 1 is the entry-level examination accessible to doctors with a minimum of 12 months’ postgraduate experience in medical employment.
  • It covers a broad range of topics to ensure the level of knowledge is appropriate to physicians at the beginning of postgraduate training.
  • Part 1 is the first component of a sequence of assessments intended to match the progression of trainees undertaking the Core Medical Training / Internal Medical Training programme in the UK, adding unique information and building on previous assessments.

How many hours is the MRCP Part 1 Exam?

  • The MRCPUK Part 1 Exam is 6 hours.
  • The MRCPI Part 1 Exam is 6 hours.

What is the format of MRCP UK Part 1 Exam?

  • MRCP part 1 exam consists of 1 day, 2 papers, 3 hour with 100 best of five questions (BOF) for each paper. There are no images questions for MRCP part 1 exam.

What is the format of MRCPI Part 1 Exam?

  • 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. 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.

Who can take MRCP General Medicine Part I?

  • Recently graduated doctors can sit MRCPUK General Medicine Part I just 12 months after graduation
  • Recently graduated doctors can sit MRCPI General Medicine Part I just six months after graduation

What is asked in part 1?

  • Part 1 Examination is designed to assess a candidate’s knowledge and understanding of the clinical sciences relevant to medical practice and of common or important disorders to a level appropriate for entry to specialist training.

What is the purpose of part 1 exam?

  • the purpose of Part 1 is to test knowledge and understanding of common and important disorders, as outlined in the UK and Ireland curriculums, as well as clinical science. Knowledge and understanding of UK national guidelines is also required.

What does success in part 1 means?

  • Success in the Part 1 Examination indicates that the trainee has not only retained the knowledge acquired during undergraduate training, but that his/her knowledge of medicine has expanded and kept pace with developments that have occurred since graduation and continues to provide an appropriate basis for clinical decision making. Part 1 is a valuable milestone during training and helps to prepare trainees for the more challenging Part 2 Written and Clinical Examinations.
Rapid information about Part 1 one-day examtwo three-hour papers100 multiple-choice (best of five) questions per paperno imagessat in an exam hall or online

What are the benefits of MRCP?

  • Membership of the Royal College of Physicians  is achieved through examination.
  • An internationally recognised qualification in General Medicine. Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCP) is an internationally recognised benchmark of excellence, valued by healthcare employers worldwide.
  • The qualification of MRCP 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.
  • If you are undertaking Basic Specialist Training in UK or Ireland, achieving MRCP means you are ready to apply to enter Higher Specialist Training, the final stage of training before independent practice.