Exam Details - Intercollegiate MRCS Part A
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Intercollegiate MRCS Part A
The Intercollegiate MRCS Part A exam is designed to test the knowledge of a surgical trainee to a level which should have been achieved two to three years after qualification. The exam is intercollegiate, meaning that it is common to all Colleges (The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, The Royal College of Surgeons of England and The Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland).
Pass the Intercollegiate MRCS Part A exam at RCSEd to progress onto Intercollegiate MRCS Part B (OSCE) for higher levels of specialist surgical training.
The Intercollegiate MRCS Part A is a five-hour multiple choice question (MCQ) exam consisting of two papers which are taken on the same day.
The papers sat at each of the Colleges at any particular sitting are identical and are held simultaneously
The exam uses single best answer MCQs and the papers cover generic surgical sciences and applied knowledge, including the core knowledge required in all nine specialities as follows:
- Paper 1: Applied Basic Science
- Paper 2: Principles of Surgery in General
The marks for both papers are then combined to give a total mark for Part A.
To achieve a pass in Intercollegiate MRCS Part A, the candidate will be required to demonstrate a minimum level of competence in each of the two papers. This is in addition to achieving, or exceeding, the pass mark set for the combined total mark for Part A.
Candidates must hold a medical qualification that is acceptable to the UK General Medical Council for Full or Provisional Registration or to the Medical Council in Ireland for Full or Temporary Registration. Overseas candidates must hold a medical qualification acceptable to the Councils of the Colleges.
First-time applicants whose names do not appear on the Registers of the UK General Medical Council or Medical Council in Ireland must submit their original certificate (or an authenticated copy) of a medical qualification acceptable to the Councils of the four Colleges.
Full details can be found in the Intercollegiate MRCS Regulations document.
Candidates have six attempts in which to pass their Intercollegiate MRCS Part A exam.
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