I am an MBBS doctor and wish to do the MRCP course. Kindly furnish information regarding eligibility, exam details, fees and advantages of doing it.
The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Physicians of London share a common Examination, which is called the MRCP (UK). It consists of two parts and is usually taken during general professional training in medicine, followed by registration in the United Kingdom or other countries that are approved by the college. Success in this exam leads to Diploma of Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom. The MRCP (UK) does not confer specialist status. In fact, in the UK it is an entry qualification for higher specialist training.
Total fees for the Part I and Part II examination will be about Rs 70,000.
The general professional training lasts for at least two years in medical posts approved for this purpose, which involves 18 months in emergency work and 6 months in a post undertaking unselected emergency tasks. This training provides the clinical experience essential for success in the MRCP (UK) examination.
You are eligible to register for MRCP (UK) and for general professional training if you have passed MBBS, completed one year compulsory rotating internship and earned registration with Medical Council of India. However, it is not mandatory that you take the general professional training in a UK hospital. It is possible in other countries too. If you want to take it in a UK hospital, then you will have to first get yourself registered with General Medical Council in UK.
MRCP (UK) part I examination consists of questions on cell, molecular, and membrane Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Metabolism, Immunology, Genetics, Statistics, Epidemiology, Cardiology, Clinical Pharmacology, Therapeutics, Toxicology, Gastroenterology, Infectious diseases and tropical medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Opthalmology, Psychiatry, Respiratory medicine, Rheumatology, and Sexually transmitted diseases.
MRCP (UK) part II has a written and clinical examination. In the written test questions are asked about the diagnosis and management of patients. There are three papers - Case History Paper, Data Interpretation Paper and Photographic Material Paper.
The MRCP (UK) Part II Clinical Examination is composed of five clinical areas:
Respiratory system examination, Abdominal system examination, History taking skills
Cardiovascular system examination, Central nervous system examination, Communication skills and ethics, and Skin, locomotor, endocrine, eye examination.
For more details you can contact:
MRCP (UK) Central Office
11 St. Andrews Place
London NWI 4LE
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (http://www.rcpe.ac.uk)
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (http://www.rcpsglasg.ac.uk)
Royal College of Physicians of London (http://www.rcplondon.ac.uk)
You will have the major advantage of qualifying in the MRCP (UK) if you want to do a higher specialist training in UK. In fact, most of the doctors who qualify in MRCP (UK), complete a higher specialist training in UK. MRCP (UK) helps you in professional advancement in India but it is not treated as equivalent to a MD qualification.