What does IMRCS stand for?
IMRCS stands for the Intercollegiate Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons. It is one the membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland and is open to surgeons who have passed all parts of the Intercollegiate Membership examination and meet the criteria set.
How can I become a member?
Membership to one of the three royal surgical colleges of Great Britain is open to surgeons who have passed all parts of the IMRCS exam.
The exam syllabus, format and content are common to all three colleges:
• The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
• The Royal College of Surgeons of England
• The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
How do I know if I am eligible to take the examination?
If you’re from overseas you must hold a primary medical qualification accepted by the Medical Councils of the college.
If you’re a prospective candidate, you can check if your medical degree is accepted on the World Health Organisation’s list of medical schools.
You will be eligible for election as a member of the college you’ve chosen to apply for if you’ve successfully passed all parts of the exam.
If you haven’t already attempted Part 1 or Part 2 of the current IMRCS, you will be required to sit the revised IMRCS exam Part A.
How do I apply for part A?
At British Council Oman we only accept registrations for MRCS England Part A. For other colleges, you will need to apply directly.
You need to fill in an application form for IMRCS England Part A and bring it to the British Council in Muscat before the registration deadline.
The IMRCS does not offer Part B here in Oman. You can however take Part B (Oral, Clinical, Communication Skills) in Dubai and Part B (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) in Sharjah and you could contact these centres if interested.
What documents do I need to register?
For Part A registration you need:
- a completed application form
- a primary medical qualification that is accepted by the UK General Medical Council for full or provisional registration*
- two recent photos signed on the back.
Please note that official English translations are required for certificates that are not in English. A copy of an original certificate is acceptable if it is verified by a public notary or solicitor and has an official stamp accompanying the signature.
You will need to submit the IMRCS fees along with your application in the form of:
- a bankers draft drawn in favour of the Royal College of Surgeons of England or
- a debit/credit card payment (details specified in section 5 of the form).
When is the next exam date?
|Part||Exam Date||Registration Dates|
|Part A||9-Sep-14||25 May–20 June 2014|
How many parts are there in the revised IMRCS examination?
The revised IMRCS exam comprises two parts.
Part B OCC OR OSCE
|• Is a four-hour multiple-choice question exam consisting of two papers.||OCC - Oral, Clinical and Communication Skills
|• Paper 1 covers applied basic science and paper 2 the principles of surgery in general.||• Includes a two-part clinical component consisting of short patient examinations and a communication skills test. You must pass the oral component before proceeding to the clinical test.|
• Two hours is given to complete each paper and marks for both papers are combined to give a total mark.
• To achieve a pass in Part A you must demonstrate a minimum level of competence in each of the two papers in addition to achieving or exceeding the combined paper pass mark.
OSCE - Objective Structured Clinical Examination
The OSCE will normally consist of eighteen examined stations each of nine minutes’ duration.
These stations will examine the following broad content areas:
Please note that you must pass Part A before proceeding to Part B. You must also take all components of Part B with the same college.