End of Intercollegiate MRCS

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The following information is given In order to remove any possible confusion about the future of the MRCS and its status outside the UK.

As previously announced, the Intercollegiate MRCS has been end-dated in the UK after 2010. The College aims to continue to offer the current Intercollegiate MRCS overseas for the immediate future where there continues to be a demand and the College is able to meet this demand. Although we offer Parts 1 and 2 of the Intercollegiate MRCS in many centres, we have made no pledge to offer Part 3 of the Intercollegiate MRCS at multiple locations. Doctors who apply to sit the Parts 1 and 2 of the Intercollegiate MRCS should be aware that the College makes no guarantees that it will conduct Part 3 in non-UK venues and that they may well need to travel from their own country to take the Part 3 examination. After 2010, doctors may find it increasingly difficult to find a venue at which to sit Part 3 of the examination.

The Intercollegiate MRCS has been specified as a requirement for entry to specialist training in the UK, but not in any other country. As a College, we offer the Intercollegiate MRCS examination to overseas doctors as a benchmark for their own expertise as surgeons, not as part of any formal agreement with a non-UK country for entry to specialist training.

During the last 12 months there has been a significant change to the training visa availability for non-UK doctors who wish to come to the UK to train and there have also been major changes to the training of surgeons within the UK.

New visa regulations that have come into force mean that any non-UK doctor who wishes to apply for training in the UK may only be accepted for a post if there is no UK or European Union doctor who can fill it. This has meant, in effect, that it is now nearly impossible for overseas doctors to gain training posts in the UK.

The surgical Royal Colleges are introducing a new MRCS examination with effect from September 2007 to coincide with a change to the training system in the UK. This examination will only be held in the UK because of its specific link to the new training programme and will not, in itself, be sufficient for a doctor to become a member of the College. This new examination will not be offered outside of the UK. The existing Intercollegiate MRCS will continue outside the UK, subject to the caveats stated in the second paragraph above.

Mr C W Oliver
Mr M Lavelle-Jones
Examinations Committee Co-Conveners
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
March 2007