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MRCGP International: What it is and How to Prepare

MRCGP UK consists of three components – AKT (Applied Knowledge Test), CSA (Clinical Skills Assessment) and WBPA (workplace Based Assessment) and is completed within a UK GP Training Scheme. Completion is necessary for a doctor to complete training in General Practice, allowing them to work as an independent GP in the UK. Doctors who are not part of a UK GP training scheme cannot take the exam.

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MRCGP UK vs MRCGP International

MRCGP UK consists of three components – AKT (Applied Knowledge Test), CSA (Clinical Skills Assessment) and WBPA (workplace Based Assessment) and is completed within a UK GP Training Scheme. Completion is necessary for a doctor to complete training in General Practice, allowing them to work as an independent GP in the UK. Doctors who are not part of a UK GP training scheme cannot take the exam.

MRCGP International is an examination that allows a doctor living outside the UK to become an International Member of the Royal College of GPs. It does not allow someone to practice in the UK as a GP. To see how to become a GP in the UK, click here.

If you complete MRCGP International it allows you:

  • to use the post nominal ‘MRCGP (Int)’
  • inclusion in the RCGP Membership directory
  • use RCGP Membership benefits

Global Exam Centres

  • Cyprus
  • Dubai
  • Egypt
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Malta
  • South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)

Curriculum

The exam is accredited by RCGP but the exam curriculum is unique to the country that the exam is held in – it is different to the MRCGP UK curriculum.

Each exam is based on local medical practices and is suitable for doctors who currently work in, or plan to work in that specific country.

Eligibility criteria 

Each global centre has different criteria for eligibility. These vary but can be based on previous qualifications, duration of working in Primary Care and being enrolled on certain training programmes.

For full details see the RCGP website for each country’s individual requirements.

What does MRCGP assessment consist of?  

The nature of assessment varies from country to country (check individual country websites) but it usually consists of a combination of the following:

  • AKT (Applied Knowledge Test) / Part 1
  • CSA (Clinical Skills Assessment) / OSCE Assessment
  • SS (Simulated Surgery)
  • WBPA (Workplace Based Assessment)
  • Assignments

Resources useful for MRCGP International

We regularly see doctors preparing for MRCGP International using our online and audio courses as part of preparation. Whilst our products are tailored for MRCGP UK a huge part is relevant to Primary Care globally and hence MRCGP International.

All of our teaching is based around UK guidelines and is regularly updated – again ideal for MRCGP International.

Our most popular products for doctors preparing for MRCGP International:

1) AKT Online Courses 

2) RCA-145 Online Course (ideal for the CSA OSCE exam).

3) AKT and CS/RCA Flashcards

Feedback for our resources

“Hello Doctor – pleased to let you know I passed MRCGP International exams. Your online courses were very helpful for me – thank you for creating them”

“Dr Aman I cleared MRCGP-Int thanks to your online material. So clear and focused –  a great help”

“I did not think the audio courses would help but purchased from recommendation of a colleague. They really helped me pass, especially through listening on my long journey’s to work”

On a final note

I wish you good luck in your preparation for MRCGP International – I am sure you will pass with flying colours.

I have been lucky enough to help many doctors on this journey – hopefully I can do the same for you as well.

Dr Aman

#CanPassWillPass 🙂

Dr Aman Arora

Dr Aman Arora is a GP who is now 100% committed to transforming medical education, helping doctors across the globe to ace their exams and enhance their careers. He is proud to hold FRCGP (Fellow of Royal College of General Practitioners). Previous roles include:

  • GP Training Programme Director
  • NHS GP Appraiser
  • GMC PLAB 2 Examiner
  • GP Recruitment Examiner
  • GP Recruitment Question-writer
  • HEWM IMG Board Member
  • HEWM Advanced MRCGP AKT Trainer

 

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Dr Pooja Arora

Dr Pooja Arora is a GP with a background in Medical Politics, passionately focusing on improving the opportunities and working conditions for junior doctors. Previous roles include:

  • Vice Chair Birmingham LMC
  • BMA Council Member
  • BMA General Practitioners Committee elected representative 
  • BMA Sessional GP Committee elected representative 
  • BMA National Deputy Policy lead for working at scale
  • HEE GP Ambassador
  • HEE GP Stage 3 Assessor
  • RCGP Midland Faculty AiT representative

* Blogs written by Dr Aman and Dr Pooja Arora are not for professional, financial or medical advice. Please seek appropriate professional, legal or financial advice where appropriate

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