Membership CAI – OSCE and SOE Examinations
The Membership of the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland (MCAI) is an internationally recognised high stakes assessment of anaesthetists in training knowledge.The MCAI is a national test of knowledge and skills as laid out in the MCAI curriculum agreed with the Irish Medical Council. The examination is embedded in the curriculum and anaesthetists in training may not progress to SAT 3 without possession of this examination.
|23 Sep 2019||11 Oct 2019||05 – 07 Dec 2019||Perdana, Malaysia||€1400.00|
|07 Feb 2020||28 Feb 2020||24 & 25 Mar 2020||Dublin, Ireland||€800.00|
|07 Feb 2020||28 Feb 2020||02 – 04 April 2020||Muscat Oman||€1400.00|
|07 Sep 2020||12 Oct 2020||10 & 11 Nov 2020||Dublin, Ireland||€800.00|
Apply for Examination
Check if you are eligible to sit exam.
You much be a registered medical practitioner, with a primary medical qualification acceptable to the Irish Medical Council, and have been employed as an anaesthetist for 12 months, prior to exam date. Please read the full Examinations Regulations (pdf)
Prepare for Examination
The MCAI Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) consists of 18 stations in approximately 108 minutes (5 minutes per station). There is 1 pilot station. This station does not contribute to the final mark but is used to ensure validity of the questions before they are used in examinations. There is 1 rest station. Therefore 15 stations are used to calculate the result of the OSCE.
The MCAI Structured Oral Examination (SOE) is conducted over a 30 minute period with 2 examiners in each subject. Each SOE consists of 6 x 5 minute sections. 30 minutes comprising of four questions in pharmacology and two questions in physics. 30 minutes comprising of four question in physiology and two questions in clinical measurement.
*From September 2019 both SOEs will increase to 30 minutes with an extra physics and clinical measurement question.
Please read the full Candidate Examinations Guide for more information.
The MCAI Course is designed to prepare candidates for the Membership OSCE/SOE examination. It is consultant led and aims to replicate many aspects of the OSCE and SOE exam experience and includes practice SOEs, practice OSCE circuits and examiner feedback. It is reserved for MCAI OSCE/SOE exam candidates.
How to Apply to Preparation Course in Dublin or Kuala Lumpur: Download and complete Application Form (.doc)
Dublin Venue: College of Anaesthesiologists
Time: 09.00 – 16.30
Fee: €290 includes lunch & refreshments
This preparation course is open for applications shortly after applications open for the examination.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org after your exam application submission.
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:
- Principles of Physiology for the Anaesthetist. Peter Kam and Ian Power. CRC Press
- Physics in Anaesthesia’. Ben Middleton. Scion Publishing. **Strongly recommended**
- Pharmacology for Anaesthesia and Intensive Care – Peck, Hill **Essential**
- Basic Physics and Measurement – Kenny
- Essentials of Anaesthetic Equipment – Al-Shaikh **Essential**
- Respiratory Physiology – West
- The Objective Structured Clinical Examination in Anaesthesia: Practice Papers for Teachers and Trainees – Mendonca, Balasubramanian
- The Physiology VIVA- Kerry Brandis (Australian book, need to order online http://www.anaesthesiamcq.com/vivabook.php) **Highly Recommended**
- Dr Podcast Scripts for the Primary FRCA – Leslie, Johnson
Examinations Contact: Eoin Lumsden, email@example.com
Frequently Asked Questions
1.Your bank card details
2.Your digital passport-sized photo (jpg)
3. A signed Head of Department Declaration (pdf)
If you cannot have your head of department sign the letter please make sure your college tutor or your Human Resources department can verify that you have been employed as an anaesthetist for 6 months. The letter will also need to be officially stamped by your department.
You do not need to be in a training post. You must be employed as an anaesthetist for 6 months prior to your exam application to sit Membership part 1 and 12 months to sit part 2.