Court of Examiners

The remit of the Court of Examiners is to increase the profile of postgraduate surgical examining at RCSI and to make such examining activity more relevant and attractive to the College's surgical community in Ireland and overseas.

The Court’s Executive Committee is responsible for examiner recruitment and development and seeks to make examining more relevant to this community, in terms of continuing professional development (CPD).

There is a common Chair for the Court of Examiners and the Court’s Executive Committee. The current Chair is RCSI Council Member and Supervising MRCS Examiner, Mr Eamon Mackle.

Chapters

The work of the Court of Examiners is coordinated through the following Chapters:

  • RCSI Court of Examiners – Ireland and Great Britain
  • RCSI Court of Examiners – Gulf
  • RCSI Court of Examiners – South East Asia     

The Chapters provide a structure for local engagement, promote a sense of inclusivity, allow the College to enhance its profile in these regions, and facilitate the establishment of local examiner pools.

There is an annual meeting and dinner for all Chapters, which is held in tandem with another annual College meeting or exam.

RCSI is currently recruiting surgical examiners for the College's MRCS exam centres in Ireland, Bahrain, Malaysia and the UAE.

We invite applications from RCSI Fellows who are in active clinical practice in one of any of the following locations: Ireland, the UK, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand or Vietnam.

Members of the RCSI Court of Examiners are kept informed of developments and international best practice in clinical assessment at the Annual Court of Examiners Meeting and are awarded Professional Competence Scheme (PCS) credits for examining and attending the meeting. Members also receive a complimentary member's pack (with RCSI Court of Examiners merchandise).

If you are interested in becoming a member, please complete the application form below and return it to courtofexaminers@rcsi.ie.

MRCS Examiner Application Form DOCX | 155.9 KB MRCS Lay Examiner Application Form DOCX | 152.9 KB DO-HNS Examiner Application Form DOCX | 157.2 KB Examiner Recruitment and Appointment PDF | 714.3 KB

Please note

As part of your application, you are required to submit contact details of two referees. These referees should be one of the following:

  • Postgraduate tutor in your trust
  • Medical director
  • Postgraduate dean
  • Programme director
  • Regional specialty advisor or regional advisor
  • Head of an academic department of surgery

For overseas applicants, referees should occupy an equivalent post to those listed above.

Eligibility criteria

Please note at present recruitment is limited to eligible examiners in the following locations:

  • Ireland
  • Bahrain
  • Malaysia
  • UAE
  1. Fellow (including Fellow ad eundem) of one of the four Royal Surgical Colleges.
  2. Hold or have held full consultant status (not a locum post) for at least two years post CCT or equivalent.
  3. Able to complete one term of office before retirement i.e. one full term (six years including a probationary year). Two further terms of five years may be approved.
  4. Engaged in active clinical/academic practice. If an examiner wishes to continue to examine beyond the point at which they demit from active practice, they should meet the expectations and requirements of all examiners, with the exception that they are no longer in active practice, but they have maintained a licence to practise with the GMC. International examiners will be required to meet the regulatory requirements of their country’s governing body.

Holder of equivalent basic science qualification from equivalent organisations such as:

  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists
  • Fellowship of British Association of Clinical Anatomists (BACA)
  • Fellowship of the Anatomical Society (of Gt Britain and Ireland)
  • Fellowship of the Physiological Society

This list is not exhaustive and colleges can provide a supporting statement for those applicants who do not directly hold an equivalent qualification. Basic science examiners can only examine in their own basic science for the manned generic and specialty defined stations.

  • Active in postgraduate surgical training/education/teaching.
  • To have informed his/her chief executive/medical director of their application to become an intercollegiate MRCS examiner and list this commitment in their job plan.
  • In good standing with the College/professional organisation.
  • In good standing with the GMC/IMC or equivalent body and not under investigation by an NHS Trust/employing body that restricts their clinical or professional practice. If there are known limitations to practice this must be disclosed and the information will be shared with the four surgical colleges.
  • A commitment to equality and diversity.
  • Able to provide the names and contact details of two suitable referees.

*Lay examiners should not be qualified in professions allied to medicine or have received previous medical training.

  • Knowledge of the rationale, expected standard and structure of the MRCS as defined in the regulations for the examination.
  • High levels of integrity and professional standards as an examiner.
  • A commitment to ongoing assessment, training and development as an examiner.
  • Ability to understand appropriate examination techniques.
  • A commitment to the examination process.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • A commitment to equality and diversity.
  • Able to remain objective and dispassionate where necessary.
  • Provide references in support of their application.

Full person specification and further particulars document for lay examiners can be obtained from one the Surgical Royal Colleges.