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 the Examination Calendar 2019 including details of Fellowship CAI Clinical and SOE Examinations (.pdf)


Opening Closing Exam Date Location Fees
21 Oct 2019 8 Nov 2019 26 & 27 Nov 2019 Dublin, Ireland €700.00
2 Feb 2020 23 Mar 2020 21 & 22 Apr 2020 Dublin, Ireland €700.00
5 Oct 2020 6 Nov 2020 1 & 2 Dec 2020 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. 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 21 October 2019

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 12th November 2019

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: Tuesday 12th November 2019

Venue: College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland, 22 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Times: 9.30am to 4.30pm Fee: €290.00

Applications will open soon.

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.