Fellowship CAI – Written

The Fellowship of the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland (FCAI) Written 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 2020 including details of Fellowship CAI Written Examinations (.pdf)

Opening Closing Exam Date Location Fees

29 Jun 2020


24 Aug 2020


23 Sep 2020

Dublin €600.00
Bahrain, Oman, Penang, Perdana €750.00

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.

Step 2:

Download reference template for your Head of Department to sign.

Download Pre scheme Head of Department reference template to sign. (CAI trainees only)

Step 3:

Apply online from 29 June 2020

Prepare for Examination

The Fellowship Written Examination consists of two parts:

Part 1: Multiple-choice paper (MCQ) consisting of 90 single best answer questions (90 SBA Responses) – 180 minutes

Part 2: Short answer question paper (SAQ) consists of 10 individual questions with 3 to 6 sub parts all of which must be attempted. The allocation of marks for these sub parts will appear on the question paper. Candidates have 3 hours for this component.

Please read the full Candidate Examinations Guide for more information.

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:


  • 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
  • Yao & Artusio’s Anesthesiology, by Fun-Sun F Yao
  • Handbook of Clinical Anaesthesia, Fourth Edition, by Brian Pollard
  • Smith and Aitkenhead’s textbook of Anaesthesia, 7e, by Jonathan Thompson, Iain Moppett et al


  • Q Base Anaesthesia Series 
  • SAQs for the Final FRCA – Shorthouse **Highly Recommended**
  • Short Answer Questions in Anaesthesia –  Bricker
  • SBA and MCQ’s for the Final FRCA Rakesh Tandon – Oxford Specialty Training
  • The Final FRCA Short Answer Questions: A Practical Study Guide, by Elizabeth Combeer
  • SBAS For the Final FRCA, by Caroline Whymark
  • SAQs for the Final FRCA, by James R. Shorthouse, Graham Barker, Carl Waldmann
  • Final FRCA: 300 SBAs, By Kariem El-Boghdadly, Imran Ahmad

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Question Banks

Examinations Contact: Mark O’Rourke,

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Your bank card details
  2. Your digital passport sized photo (jpg)
  3. Signed Head of Dept reference (pdf)
  4. Exempting qualification cert (pdf) (Candidate with MCAI do not need this)

There are 6 attempts at this component of the exams.

No. There is no electronic equipment allowed on your person.

No. You must bring your own food or refreshments to the exam.

You will need to bring photo ID, your invitation letter and pens for the SAQ component. Pencils are provided for the MCQ & SBA papers.