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MRCGP (INT) Preparation Course

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What is Family Medicine?
Family medicine is a specialty which deals with the common ailments that patient may present with. It is not limited to any body system, gender or age. In Pakistan, it is called general practice but it is a specialty in its own right which is also recognized by the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP).

What is the MRCGP (INT)?
This is a degree in Family Medicine recognized by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in the UK for candidates residing in South Asia and the Middle East. The candidate is recognized as a member of the RCGP after passing this examination. The INT in MRCGP (INT) represents international. It can be considered as the gold standard for postgraduate training in family medicine. This is an alternative to the Pakistan based CPSP postgraduate qualification.

What are the benefits of achieving the MRCGP (INT)?

  • You have specialized and attained a postgraduate qualification.
  • The candidate will have a bright future in private practice.
  • Teaching opportunities to undergraduate and post-graduate students of Family Medicine.
  • Professional service to the community and raising the standard and quality of care provided to patients.
  • Membership to the RCGP (UK).
  • Professional development and recognition.
  • It will open up possibilities for you to work in parts of the Middle East and other Asian countries. It will not entitle you to work in the UK, however.
What is the format of the exam?
It consists of 2 parts: Part 1 and Part 2.
Part 1 is based on Multiple Choice questions (MCQs) related to Family practice. There are approximately 200 questions.
Part 2 is an Objective subjective clinical examination (OSCE) consisting of approximately 10 stations. For more details go to

What is the format of the preparation course?
The preparation course will consist of lectures in preparation for Part 1. These lectures will be held once a week for 3 hours and will last for approximately 1 year. One will also be provided the tools for self directed learning which will also be necessary.
For Part 2, workshops will be held for those candidates who have successfully completed Part 1.

Who can apply?
All those candidates who have at least 5 years experience in general practice are eligible to apply or have done a family medicine training programme. The College of Family Medicine Pakistan is working towards developing an accredited CPSP & MRCGP (INT) accredited residency.

How much will it cost?
Preparation for Part1 will approximately cost PKR 3000-3500 per month (x12) for the entire 1 year program & PKR 2500 for life members only. This will cover the costs for the overheads for the course. The cost to sit the MRCGP (INT) exam in 2017 (see at Exam Calender 2017) for Part I and II of the exam respectively.

Who will conduct the course?
This course will be conducted by MRCGP (UK) certified and FCPS certified doctors currently based in the College of Family Medicine Pakistan who are also examiners for the MRCGP (INT). The sessions will be conducted by these family practitioners along with subject specialists.

If you are interested in participating please send your contact details or queries by Email to [email protected] or call CFMP office.

The two parts of the examination are:

Part I – Written – A multiple choice paper
Part II – Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)

You need to make a general application to College of Family Medicine Pakistan to take the examination.

Eligibility criterion to apply for the examination (either one of the following):

  1. Certification of completion of a structured three years training course inclusive of experience in Family Medicine/General Practice and accredited by the South Asia Region MRCGP [INT] Board.
  2. Certification of completion of an accredited one year programme in Family Medicine with an additional three years clinical experience. This should consist of either three years in FM or a minimum of two years in FM with a further year in a speciality/-ies allied to Family Medicine/General Practice that are certified by the local accrediting organisation and approved by the regional MRCGP [INT] Board.
  3. Minimum of five years clinical experience of which a minimum of three years should be in Family Medicine/General Practice and the other years in speciality/-ies allied to Family Medicine/General Practice certified by the local accrediting organisation and approved by the regional MRCGP [INT] Board.

Sample MCQs

Further details can be obtained from the CFMP office during working hours.