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What sort of commitment will be required from prospective
Examiners? "Court Members will be expected to examine once a year
or more often if an individual examiner has availability and attend
an Annual Plenary Meeting. Members will be appointed for an initial
period of five years. This tenure could be extended for a further five
years at the request of a Member and the discretion of the Executive
"After ten years of consecutive service, Members may be entitled to
apply for the position of Senior Examiner on the Court. Ultimately,
a Senior Examiner, after completing a two-year term in that role, can
submit for nomination to the Court's `Emeritus Panel'."
There will be a number of benefits for participation, according to Mr
Magee, including:
Professional Competence Scheme (PCS) credits for examining
`Research and Teaching' category;
PCS credits for undertaking training/attending Annual Plenary
Meeting of the Court `External/Internal Activities' category;
PCS credits for committee/sub-committee participation `Internal
Activities' category;
Exposure to the most up-to-date clinical assessment techniques
and methodologies;
Opportunities for overseas experience and networking with
colleagues; and,
Opportunities to participate in the exams quality assurance
The proposed structure of the Court of Examiners will consist of an
Executive Committee, an Examiner Development Sub-Committee
and an Examiner CPD Sub-Committee. The official launch is
expected to take place within the next few months.
The MRCSI examination has now moved from the
oral and clinical exam format to the OSCE format.
This brings it into alignment with RCSI sister
Colleges in the conduct of the MRCS examination.
With the format of MRCS now uniform throughout
the four Royal Colleges, it is possible for the exam
to become fully intercollegiate in due course.
One of the most exciting intercollegiate activities
of recent years has been the development of the
Joint Surgical Colleges Fellowship Examination
(JSCFE). This examination is an intercollegiate
exit examination based on the intercollegiate
curriculum in the UK and Ireland which will be
delivered overseas. The first examination in
General Surgery Part A took place in May 2013,
with another sitting of Part A in September. The
Part B Clinical and Oral examination took place in
Al Ain in the UAE in November 2013. It is planned,
thereafter, to deliver the examination in other
specialties, including Trauma and Orthopaedics,
and Neurosurgery.
At home, RCSI continues to work closely with the
Forum of Postgraduate Training Bodies where
it can address shared issues and challenges in
training. RCSI is very pleased that Mr Eunan Friel is
now taking up the post of Secretary to the Forum
and we congratulate him on that appointment.
RCSI also gratefully acknowledges Professor
Frank Keane, Chair of the Forum for his work and
dedication over the past two years.
RCSI Postgraduate Examinations are:
Intercollegiate MRCS offered in Ireland and
overseas centres;
Intercollegiate DO-HNS / MRCS (ENT) offered in
Ireland and the UK;
MRCSI (Ophthalmology) examinations offered
mainly in Ireland; and,
Intercollegiate FRCS, across all surgical specialties,
offered in Ireland and the UK (new JSCFE now
being rolled out overseas).
General queries relating to the Court of Examiners
should be directed to: Ms Ger Conroy,
Queries relating to becoming an MRCS/DO-HNS/
MRCSI (ENT) examiner should be directed to:
Mr Martin Cunningham,
Queries relating to becoming an FRCS/JSCFE
examiner should be directed to: Mrs Moira H Gray,
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