During the training pathway (ST1 – ST8) a trainee is expected to take and successfully pass 2 key exams the Membership exam of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) and the Fellowship exam Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS).

The Membership exam of the Royal Colleges (MRCS) is an important part of the eligibility criteria for progression into Specialty Training (ST3- ST8) & must be completed before Specialty Interview in March each year.

The MRCS exam forms part of your successful completion of Core Surgical Training and the awarding of the Certificate of Completion of Core Surgical Training (CST Cert) , a mandatory requirement for progression to ST3.

The Fellowship exam of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) is the Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship exam taken by a Higher Specialist Trainee, normally in year 4 (ST6) of specialist training and is commonly known as the “Exit Exam” all trainees will continue in training for a further 2 years and it is a mandatory requirement of specialist training to have successfully passed your Fellowship exam. Without a Fellowship exam a trainee will not receive their Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) and would  not be eligible for registration on the Specialist Registrar with the Irish Medical Council.  For more information on the application process, guidelines and eligibility criteria please click here 



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