Fellowship CAI – Clinical and SOE Examinations

The Fellowship of the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland (FCAI) examination is an internationally recognised high stakes assessment of anaesthetists in training knowledge. The Fellowship examination is a national test of knowledge as laid out in the FCAI examination syllabus agreed with the Irish Medical Council. The examination is embedded within the curriculum outcomes and specialty anaesthetic trainees will not progress to SAT6 without possession of this qualification.

Key Dates

Download Fellowship CAI Clinical and SOE Examinations Timetable (.pdf)

Opening Closing Exam Date Location Fees
22 Oct 2018 9 Nov 2018 27 & 28 Nov 2018 Dublin, Ireland €700.00
25 Feb 2019  11 Mar 2019 2 & 3 Apr 2019 Dublin, Ireland €700.00
21 Oct 2019 8 Nov 2019 26 & 27 Nov 2019 Dublin, Ireland €700.00

Apply for Examination

Step 1:

Check if you are eligible to sit exam.
You must be a registered medical practitioner with a primary medical qualification acceptable to the Irish Medical Council, and have been employed as an anaesthetist for 36 months, prior to exam date.  Please read the full Examinations Regulations (pdf).

Step 2:

Download reference template for your Head of Department to sign.

Step 3:

Apply Online

Prepare for Examination

Candidates may only take the Fellowship structured oral examination (SOE) once they have been successful at the Fellowship written examination. The oral examination consists of three parts:

  1. a) Clinical case SOE (10 minutes to read the case, 30 minutes with Examiners)
  2. b) SOE 1 – Clinical anaesthesia & pain management (25 minutes)
  3. c) SOE 2 – Intensive Care Medicine & advanced sciences that underpin anaesthesia (25 minutes)

Please read the full Candidate Examinations Guide for more information.

Preparation Course – Tuesday 13 November 2018

This is a Consultant led intensive SOE preparation course giving candidates extensive viva practice for the examination. The format of the course is similar to the SOE’s including:

  • Long clinical cases
  • Critical care
  • Pain management
  • Applied basic sciences

Application forms for the course can be downloaded from the attachment provided here from 29th October 2018 at 4pm. Please submit your completed application including fee of €290 (lunch included) to secure your place to

Early Booking is advised due to the restricted number of places on the course.

Download application form (.doc).

Please note: Only candidates that have applied for the FINAL FELLOWSHIP CAI CLINICAL/SOE exam will be considered for this course.

Reading Materials

Here we have compiled a number of resources trainees have found useful for the MCAI. We hope this helps a little with your initial preparation for exams:

General Books

  • BMJ Education (formerly CEACCP) – **ESSENTIAL**
  • Dr Podcast Scripts for the Final FRCA – Leslie, Johnson
  • Physics, Pharmacology and Physiology for Anaesthetists: Key Concepts for the FRCA – Cross, Plunkett

SOE Books

  • Clinical Anaesthesia Viva Book – Barker **Highly Recommended**
  • The Anaesthesia Science VIVA Book – Bricker **Highly Recommended**
  • Structured Oral Examination in Clinical Anaesthesia: Practice Examination Papers – Mendonca

Websites – useful ICU resource – useful ICU resource – useful ICU resource

Question banks

Examinations Contact: Ann Marie Harte,

Frequently Asked Questions

1.Your bank card details

2.Your digital passport-sized photo (jpg)

No. There is no lunch provided. There will be tea & coffee available throughout the day. You may bring a lunch with you or buy some lunch during your break.

You will need to bring photo ID (Passport or Driving licence) and your invitation letter.

Yes. These are professional exams. You must wear business attire.