Q.1What is the eligibility criterion to apply for the examination?
The details of the all three categories of the eligibility criteria are given below.
. Certification of completion of a structured three years training course inclusive of experience in Family Medicine/General Practice and accredited by the South Asia Region MRCGP [INT] Board.
. Certification of completion of an accredited one year programme in Family Medicine with an additional three years clinical experience. This should consist of either three years in FM or a minimum of two years in FM with a further year in a speciality/-ies allied to Family Medicine/General Practice that are certified by the local accrediting organisation and approved by the regional MRCGP [INT] Board.
. Minimum of five years clinical experience of which a minimum of three years should be in Family Medicine/General Practice and the other years in speciality/-ies allied to Family Medicine/General Practice certified by the local accrediting organisation and approved by the regional MRCGP [INT] Board.
Q.2What are the other sub-specialties accepted by the South Asia Board?
The acceptable sub-specialties for the remaining required clinical experience in eligibility criteria 2 & 3 include Internal medicine, Obs & Gynae, Paeds, Psychiatry, and Emergency Medicine. Up to six months of Surgery experience is also accepted.
Q.3I have four years of clinical experience and one year house job / internship experience; Am I eligible to apply?
The internship experience is not counted in the required clinical experience duration so one another 1 year of clinical experience is required to apply under criteria 3.
Q.4 Tell me the dates of the Part I & OSCE examination in the current year, the fee structure and the registration dates.
Details of all examinations scheduled in the current year are available in examination calendar on the website. The registration opening dates and fee details are also available in the same document.
Q.5How can I get the application form and where should I submit it?
Application form is published on the website on the registration opening date and can be downloaded. Form along with the required documents can be sent directly to the South Asia admin office in Karachi or to any of the regional offices (details of all the offices are available on the website).
Q.6Does the South Asia Board offers exemption from any part of the exam on the basis of any qualification?
The MRCGP [INT] South Asia Board does not offer any exemption on any basis.
Q.7I have cleared Part I exam from MRCGP [INT] UAE / (any other approved site), Can I apply for the South Asian Part II OSCE exam?
All parts of the examination are to be cleared from one accredited site.
Q.8Please confirm the documents to be submitted along with the Part I application form.
An application guide is published on the website on the examination registration opening date and contains the details of all the documents to be attached with the application form.
Q.9I have previously appeared / cleared Part I exam. Do I need to send all experience certificates again with the next part I or OSCE application.
Candidates already registered only need to send a filled and signed updated version of the application form, copy of any valid medical license, photographs and the bank drafts. OSCE candidates must attach part I passing email.
Q.10All queries regarding the International Membership of Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
All membership queries are dealt by the membership department at RCGP and queries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Q.11For examination registration, Is it mandatory to get membership from any of the family medicine organization?
Membership of any family medicine organization is not mandatory for application.
Q.12What are the maximum number of attempts for the part I and part II exams?
There is no limit for the part I exam. On clearing part I exam, a maximum of three attempts are allowed for the part II OSCE exam and failing to which a candidate will have to re-sit part I exam.
Q.13I cleared part I exam three years back. Can I apply for the upcoming OSCE?
Both parts of the exam have to be cleared within 6 years of the receipt of the successful part I application.
Q.14I cleared the last AKT exam. Can I appear in the upcoming OSCE exam?
Success in part I exam makes a candidate eligible to apply for the next subsequent part II OSCE exam.
Q.15I want my MRCGP [INT] degree to be verified. How can I do that?
RCGP has some understanding with British Council (BC) for verification of their degrees. Please contact the local BC office or RCGP directly.
Q.16I am interested in working abroad. How the examination can help me?
The qualification provides working opportunities in UAE, KSA and other Middle East countries. The qualification is also recognized by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). Please see the “Why MRCGP [INT]” document on the website for complete details.