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MRCGP [International] DUBAI COURSE

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the eligibility criteria for MRCGP[INT] Dubai?mrcgp faq fb

Eligibility criteria are mentioned on the DHA MRCGP application form.

  • I have been eligible to practice as an independent (unsupervised) GP/Family Physician for at least 3 years and I am currently practicing as an active primary care (family) practitioner
  • I am undertaking vocational training for general practice and understand that I must provide evidence of having successfully completed 3 years of my training before I may take up Membership of the College

Please note there is a slight difference in criteria on the RCGP website and the DHA MRCGP website. Please follow the local DHA criteria. MRCGP Dubai


What are the benefits of taking this exam?

  • Recognized postgraduate qualification from UK
  • Ability to practice as specialists in family medicine in UAE after 3 years post exam (for non-nationals only).
  • Depending on location of practice, there are financial incentives provided by the employer.
  • Ability to go onto UK GP training program once PLAB exam is cleared.

Punctuality – extremely important!

It is extremely important to arrive well before the time provided in the pre-exam email sent by the MRCGP office. There have been cases where candidates were 5 minutes late for the briefing session before the exam and were not allowed to sit the paper. The actual exam had not even started. The fee in that case will not be refunded. It is compulsory to attend the briefing session. Remember, the MCQ and Written paper are usually held on working days; keep extra time for traffic. CCSA is usually on a Saturday. Exact dates are put on the DHA MRCGP website when applications for that particular diet open.


How many exam diets per year?

Exam is held twice a year. Spring session in April and Autumn session in October.

When do I apply for the exam?

Applications usually open in February for the April exam and in August for the October exam. There is an updated application form for each year. Remember, this exam is popular with candidates appearing from abroad. Seats are limited, especially the CCSA (only 28 places per diet) places fill up usually within a week of opening of applications. Make sure your documents are ready before hand. You can courier them or drop them off personally.

What documents do I need?

There is a checklist provided on the application form as follows:

  • A photocopy of current certificate of Registration (if applicable)
  • A photocopy of passport
  • A photocopy of qualification(s)
  • 2 photographs endorsed by a senior member of the candidates department
  • A copy of documentation as evidence of eligibility as noted in answer to question 12 (certificate of Current Employment as an independent GP/Family Physician with completion of 3 years in practice), or (certificate of successful completion of 3 years of vocational training for general practice/family practice )
  • A completed and valid certificate of competence in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (only required prior to result of the final of exam component)
  • Please check the following link for up to date guidance: MRCGP Dubai

In which order to sit the exam?

There is no restriction on which part to attempt first. Components can be attempted in any order or together. Generally it is advised to prepare for the MCQ module first as this helps to refresh knowledge that comes into use in Written paper and CCSA.


How many attempts do I have?

No limitation of attempts, however, all parts of the exam should be cleared within 3 years of sitting the first component.


When is the result declared?

Within 7-10 days of the exam. It is displayed on the notice board at the Rashid Hospital Library.


Withdrawal from the exam

If withdrawing more than 4 weeks before the start of the exam, then 75% of exam fee will be returned; if withdrawing between 2-4 weeks, then 50% exam fee will be returned; if withdrawing within 2 weeks of exam, then the examination fee will be forfeited. Please check the MRCGP[INT] Dubai Exam regulations for more details.


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Specific Questions about – MRCGP [INTL] MCQ Module(Exam Component)


How many questions are there?

200


How much time is available per question?

54 seconds


How long does the exam last? (excluding the debriefing session before the exam)

3 hours


What are the types of questions asked?

According to RCGP website
“Approximately 80% of question items will be on clinical medicine, 10% on critical appraisal and evidence based clinical practice and 10% on health informatics and administrative issues”
There may be slight variation in this depending on local practice.


What resources can I use?


How much time is needed to prepare?

  • No set time frame
  • Approximately 4 months (Depends on individual circumstances)

What is the examination room like?

Big hall with rows of chairs and tables


Is there a dress code?

None specific, casual.


Do I need to bring any equipment?

  • Stationery provided.
  • ID document required

Do I interact with the examiner?

No interaction


What is the cost of each component?

4000 AED


Specific Questions about – MRCGP [INTL] Written Module(Exam Component)


How many questions are there?

12


How much time is available per question?

15 minutes


How long does the exam last? (excluding the debriefing session before the exam)

3 ½ hours (Half hour extra for reading the material provided for 2 statistics questions)


What are the types of questions asked?

Rough breakdown 4 questions from statistics and evidence based medicine, 4 with a clinical theme and 4 with a management theme.


What resources can I use?

  • Courses like ABMA MRCGP[INTL] Course, others
  • Books: Get through written paper for MRCGP – Dr Una Coales, other books on RCGP site
  • NICE, SIGN, Cochrane guidelines
  • Bradford VTS website for critical appraisal

How much time is needed to prepare?

  • No set time frame
  • Approximately 3-4 months (Depends on individual circumstances)

What is the examination room like?

Big hall with rows of chairs and tables


Is there a dress code?

None specific, casual.


Do I need to bring any equipment?

  • Stationery provided.
  • ID document required

Do I interact with the examiner?

No interaction (except for requesting extra writing sheets)


What is the cost of each component?

4000AED


Specific Questions about – MRCGP [INTL] CCSA Module(Exam Component)


How many questions are there?

14 Stations


How much time is available per question?

  • 10 minute per stations with 2 minute break in between each.
  • There is a 10 minute break after first 7 stations.

How long does the exam last? (excluding the debriefing session before the exam)

2 hours and 54 minutes approximately


What are the types of questions asked?

Scenarios from day to day general practice.


What resources can I use?

  • Courses like ABMA MRCGP CCSA Course, others
  • Practice with colleague
  • CSA practice books: eg. CSA scenario for MRCGP by Thomas Das + other on the RCGP website
  • RCGP case cards – ideal for practicing explanations of illness / problems to patient in lay terms.

How much time is needed to prepare?

  • No set time frame
  • This can be ongoing alongside other preparation. (Depends on individual circumstances)

What is the examination room like?

mrcgp examination room


Is there a dress code?

Smartly dressed (first impression is important!), some candidates brought white coats although not essential.


Do I need to bring any equipment?

  • All required equipment will be provided by the exam centre.
  • ID document required

Do I interact with the examiner?

  • No interaction. Avoid looking at the examiner or interacting. Proceed with data gathering as usual. Do not request the examiner for any information.
  • In addition to examiner there may be RCGP invigilators accompanying for quality control.

What is the cost of each component?

4000AED

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Please do let us know if you have any questions about MRCGP Exam, we are happy to assist you with your queries. Use comment box below for your query or email us directly to info@abmacademy.com.

2 responses on "MRCGP [International] Dubai - FAQs"

  1. Dear Sir
    Thank you very much for these valuable information.
    I need to ask about the pass mark in AKT exam and also in the second component of the exam or clinical skills exam how many cases I have to pass and if there is discussion about the case between the candidate and the examiner .
    Thank you very much
    Ahmed Hassan

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