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

*Subject to pending decision on in-person clinical exams, expected in June 2022

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. If you are on the Irish National Anaesthesia Training Programme you must completed 36 months within the training programme.  A trainee who has completed 24 months on the training scheme may have 12 months’ consecutive pre-scheme clinical anaesthesiology experience accredited towards their Final exam, as long as it took place post-internship and in hospital approved by the College. Please read the full Examinations Regulations (pdf).

Step 2:

Download reference template for your Head of Department to sign.

Step 3:

Apply online from 4 October 2021

Prepare for Examination

Preparation Course – 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

Date: To be confirmed


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
  • The Clinical Anaesthesia Viva Book, by Julian M. Barker

Websites – useful ICU resource – useful ICU resource – useful ICU resource Question banks

Examinations Contact: Ann Marie Harte,

FAQ’S / Application Process

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.