MEMBERSHIP MCAI OSCE/SOE REVISION COURSE ON
28th February 2015
Application opening date: 11th February
The course will be designed to prepare candidates for the OSCE/SOE section of the Membership examination. The domains are clinical skills & scholarship
This is a Consultant led preparation course giving trainees VIVA and OSCE practice for the examination.
Please submit application form along with fee to secure your place on the course. Places are limited. It is advised to apply early to secure a place
Membership Examination (MCAI)
The College Council has agreed to change the name of the Primary Fellowship Examination to that of Membership of the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland (MCAI). There will be no changes to examination structure and timing. The award of the MCAI will commence in January 2013. It will entitle recipients to use the post nominal MCAI, access to professional support and advice and ongoing developments of online journal access and module-based teaching programmes.
Who is eligible for the Membership CAI MCQ?
Any medical practitioner with a primary medical qualification acceptable to the Irish Medical Council (IMC) will be eligible to sit the MCAI MCQ Examination.
For a list of acceptable qualifications please see here: http://avicenna.ku.dk/database/medicine
What is the structure of the exam?
The MCQ paper is made up of three 1 hour papers.
Is there negative marking?
One mark is awarded for each correct answer. Negative marking is not used in the MCAI MCQ i.e. a mark will not be lost for an incorrect answer. A question booklet and an optical mark sheet will be provided to record your answers; Candidates who make ambiguous marks on their optically read sheet will not be given the benefit of the doubt.
How long is the result valid for?
A pass in the MCQ is valid for 3 years from the date of the successful examination towards the OSCE/SOE, after this time the MCQ must be retaken.
The successful candidate’s exam numbers are published on the College website within one week of the examination.
All candidates receive their results by post.
What are the eligibility criteria for the MCAI Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and the Structured Oral Examination (SOE)?
An individual is eligible to sit the MCAI OSCE/SOE who fulfils the following criteria:
- Is a medical practitioner with a primary medical qualification acceptable to the Irish Medical Council (IMC) will be eligible to sit the OSCE/SOE.
- Is registered with the Irish Medical Council or other national medical registration body.
- Has been employed as an anaesthetists for 12 months, prior to the date of the particular exam applied for.
- Has been successful in the MCAI MCQ.
If successful in the Membership exam can I work in Ireland?
No. You must be registered with the Irish Medical Council to work in Ireland. The CAI cannot help with this process. The IMC can be contacted at http://www.medicalcouncil.ie/
If successful in the Membership exam can I join the CAI training programme?
No. You must be registered with the Irish Medical Council to work in Ireland. The CAI cannot help with this process. The IMC can be contacted at http://www.medicalcouncil.ie/ Applications open in Autumn for posts in July. Please visit our website www.anaesthesia.ie/training for information on how apply for the training programme.
Do I need to be in a training post to sit the Membership exam?
You do not need to be in a training post. You must be employed as an anaesthetist for 12 months prior to your exam application.
I have an exempting qualification (e.g FCPS) for the Final FCAI, can I be awarded the MCAI?
No.The MCAI is awarded by examination only.
I passed the Primary or OQE examination; can I use MCAI after my name?
Anyone successful in the Primary/OQE FCAI from 1998 onwards is eligible to apply for an MCAI award. You must be conferred before you can use the post nominal MCAI.
When can I be conferred with MCAI?
The next college conferring will be in May 2015.