MRCS

What does IMRCS stand for?

IMRCS stands for the Intercollegiate Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons. It is one the membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland and is open to surgeons who have passed all parts of the Intercollegiate Membership examination and meet the criteria set.

How can I become a member?

Membership to one of the three royal surgical colleges of Great Britain is open to surgeons who have passed all parts of the IMRCS exam.

The exam syllabus, format and content are common to all three colleges:

• The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
• The Royal College of Surgeons of England
• The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. 

How do I know if I am eligible to take the examination?

If you’re from overseas you must hold a primary medical qualification accepted by the Medical Councils of the college. 

If you’re a prospective candidate, you can check if your medical degree is accepted on the World Health Organisation’s list of medical schools

You will be eligible for election as a member of the college you’ve chosen to apply for if you’ve successfully passed all parts of the exam.

If you haven’t already attempted Part 1 or Part 2 of the current IMRCS, you will be required to sit the revised IMRCS exam Part A.

How do I apply for parts A and B?

You need to fill in an application form (Part A, Part B) and bring it to the British Council in Agouza or Alexandria before the registration deadline.

What documents do I need to register?

For Part A registration you need:

a completed application form
• a primary medical qualification that is accepted by the UK General Medical Council for full or provisional registration
• two recent photos signed on the back.

For Part B registration you must have passed Part A, or candidates who sat the old IMRCS exam must have passed Parts 1 and 2. You then need to submit:

an application form
• two signed recent photos
• a copy of your passing letters for Parts 1 and 2 or Part A. If you passed these with another college, you should submit original passing letters and your primary medical qualification.

When is the next exam date?

Part Exam Date Registration Dates
Part A 07 January 2014 06 October–01 November 2013
  15 April 2014 05 January–08 February 2014
  09 September 2014 25 May–20 June 2014 

Part B (Cairo)
Oral, clinical and communication

8–11 March 2014 

18 Nov–24 Dec 2013

Oral, Clinical & Communication

27 October – 05 November 2014 (dates are subject to change)

23 June–25 July 2014

Part B (Alexandria)
Oral, clinical and communication

06 – 10 December 2014 Deadline 29 August 2014

OSCE

25 – 26 October 2014

Deadline 25 July 2014

How many parts are there in the revised IMRCS examination?

The revised IMRCS exam comprises two parts. 

Part A

Part B  OCC OR OSCE

• Is a four-hour multiple-choice question exam consisting of two papers   OCC- Oral, Clinical and Communication Skills
  • Involves an oral component, consisting of three knowledge-based question and answer sessions each lasting 20 minutes
• Paper 1 covers applied basic science and paper 2 the principles of surgery in general • And a two-part clinical component consisting of short patient examinations (short cases) and a communication skills test. You must pass the oral component before proceeding to the clinical test.

• Two hours is given to complete each paper and marks for both papers are combined to give a total mark.

• To achieve a pass in Part A you must demonstrate a minimum level of competence in each of the two papers in addition to achieving or exceeding the combined paper pass mark. 

OSCE -Objective Structured Clinical Examination

The OSCE will normally consist of eighteen examined stations each of nine minutes’ duration. 

These stations will examine the following broad content areas:

  • Applied Knowledge - consisting of anatomy, surgical pathology, applied surgical science and critical care
  • Applied Skills - consisting of communication skills in giving and receiving information, history taking and clinical & procedural skills
  • Royal College of Surgeons will only accept 60 candidates 
  • Paper applications must be submitted to the British Council and cannot be sent to the Royal College of Surgeons
  • Candidates are able to apply online via the RCS website

Please note that you must pass Part A before proceeding to Part B. You must also take all components of Part B with the same college. 

How many times can I take the exams?

With effect from the April 2013 Diet, candidates will be entitled to a maximum of 6 attempts at Part A.Candidates are permitted six attempts in which to pass all components of the Part B (oral, clinical, communication skills).Candidates are allowed up to four attempts at any combination of the MRCS Part B (OSCE), the DOHNS Part 2 (OSCE) or the MRCS Part 3 (OCC)

 

Where can I sit the exam?

Exams are held separately by each college. In Egypt you can sit the exam in either Cairo or Alexandria. 
You can do each exam part with a different college, however you need to complete that part with the college (you cannot change college half-way through the sitting). 
If you’ve applied to sit the exam with more than one of the three colleges at the same time, you’ll forfeit the additional application fee. 

How much does each part cost?

Part A LE 6,075
Part B  
  Oral, clinical and communication skills LE 10,410
  Clinical and communication only LE 5,520
  Clinical only LE 3,855
  Communication only LE 2,130
  OSCE LE 10,740

How can I pay?

All payments should be made in Egyptian pounds and by one of the following methods:

  • Cheques addressed to the British Council only
  • Credit card.
  • Bank deposit

The British Council does not accept cash or cheques payable to the Royal College of Surgeons.
 If the registration fee is not paid in full, the application will not be accepted. Attach any notes confirming payment to the Royal College of Surgeons to your application form.

How can I get my results?

Results will be published on the college website and distributed by post.

How many people can take Part B at one time?

Unfortunately, we can only accept a limited number of applicants on a first-come-first-served basis. The Royal College of Surgeons will only accept the following number of candidates: 

In Cairo:

• 400 candidates for either oral/clinical/communication or resitting the oral exam
• 80 candidates for clinical and communication taken separately or combined.

In Alexandria:

• 120 candidates for oral/clinical/communication.

How do I postpone my exam or get a refund?

 

We will only consider refunds before the registration closing date. Any request received after that date will not be accepted. 

You will be given a full refund, minus 100LE to cover our local fees. We will pay refunds by bank transfer and only if we are provided with the correct bank details with the refund claim form. The Refund claim form is attached separately.
If you require a refund or exam postponement after the registration closing date, you should contact the Royal College of Surgeons directly.

 

Do you organise exams for people with disabilities?

We do our best to cater for any special needs. We will do all we can to help you understand test questions and ways of giving answers. You will be assessed fairly and objectively irrespective of disability.

If you require special arrangements please get in touch at least three months before submitting your application. Relevant supporting materials such as medical certificates should be submitted during registration. 

Where can I find out more information about the exam?

Visit the Royal College of Surgeons of England website for more information about the IMRCS exam or email examination@rcseng.ac.uk

Contact us to find out more about us and how we can help arrange your exam.