Fellowship of the RCPE

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					Fellowship of the RCPE

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) has more than 10,000 Fellows
and Members in 91 countries, covering 55 specialties. We provide a strong focus on
general medicine for all specialists and offer unrivalled opportunities for international
collegiality and networking. Our overriding purpose is to promote the practice
of high standards in internal medicine and medical professionalism. We achieve
this by developing standards for education and clinical care, principally through
the MRCP (UK) examination – an internationally recognised benchmark of excellence
which enables a doctor to demonstrate the required competences to enter specialist
training – and by providing a framework for practising physicians.

Achieving Fellowship of the RCPE confirms peer recognition of your training and
clinical standing. FRCP Edin is a respected international standard of clinical excellence
and confers a number of lifelong benefits. These include privileged access to a range of
educational events and products (many offered online), access to one of the most
important historical medical library collections in the world and the ability to help
shape the future of the medical profession. Full details of the benefits of Fellowship
can be found overleaf.
The path to Fellowship
From their first contact with the College we encourage medical students and
doctors in training to aspire to Fellowship.

    e-Associate        Associate           Collegiate             Fellow
    (non-paying)                           Member
                       Non-MRCP                                   Consultants
    Students,          (UK)                MRCP (UK)              (or equivalent)
    foundation                             holders
    doctors and
    (up to 2 years

E-Associates benefit from links with the College at no cost during undergraduate
and pre-registration years, prior to becoming an Associate. Once committed to
specialist training in a medical specialty, most Associates will work for the
Membership Examination, MRCP (UK), after which they become eligible for
Collegiate Membership. The College supports these junior members until they
are eligible for election to Fellowship, by offering discounted membership fees.

Election to Fellowship is considered for doctors of consultant or equivalent status
from around the world. Many such individuals will have been Collegiate Members or
Associates, but this is not a requirement. Fellowship is also awarded to non-medical
persons of considerable distinction whom the College wishes to honour.
Training and assessment
The College has a continuing and significant role in setting and maintaining the
standards required of consultant physicians in the UK, most notably through
the provision of the MRCP (UK) examination. The College has also played a central
role in the development of new workplace and knowledge-based assessments
for specialist training. Fellows practising in medicine are encouraged to consider
contributing to the MRCP (UK) examinations, either through question-setting
or actual examining. Continuing Professional Development credits are available
for both activities.

We provide postgraduate education and training through an extensive annual
education programme of events, and are also making increasing use of the internet
to deliver a wide range of distance-learning opportunities, including web-streamed
lectures and CME, to a wider, international, audience. Much of this education
is provided by Fellows, and there are extensive opportunities to become involved
in the organisation of programmes as well as their delivery.

Fellowship also includes free access to the Continuing Professional Development
(CPD) system developed jointly by the three Colleges of Physicians in the UK.
Influence and representation
The RCPE is frequently called upon by government and others to comment
on proposed policy and organisational changes that will affect clinical care.
Through such opportunities we represent the views and experience of practising
clinicians to ensure that the highest possible standards of medical training and
patient care are maintained. In parallel to this, we have been active in public health
and have worked to influence the legislative process for the public good – most
recently in relation to smoking. Our attention is now turning to the health problems
of immoderate alcohol consumption and obesity. The College has also been active
in supporting Fellows in need beyond the UK, most notably in recent times in
Iraq and Malawi.

The College provides an extensive range of information services. Services
include the College website (, with a secure section for Fellows
and Members; the acclaimed Behind the Medical Headlines website
(, which provides quality-assured
information on medical areas of wider interest; and the quarterly Journal
of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

The College also owns one of the finest collections of historical medical
publications in the world, and our Library welcomes inquiries from Fellows
and Members to support their work and interest. Valuable initiatives exploiting
this material include the James Lind Library (, which
sets out international lessons from history on the development of clinical trials.
Contact us
If you would like to learn more about the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
our activities and the benefits of Fellowship, please visit our website or e-mail

9 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ
Tel: 0131 225 7324

Benefits of Fellowship
•	 Internationational peer and public recognition through ‘FRCP Edin’
•	 Membership of a network of respected clinicians sharing their expertise and
•	 A vehicle for raising collective concerns about medical developments
•	 Opportunity to participate in projects and working groups to determine advice
   and future direction of education and clinical medicine
•	 Support for protecting professional activities within busy working lives, including
   the role as trainer
•	 Exclusive access to the full programme of online general medical CME and
   webstreamed lectures
•	 Comprehensive updates for doctors in general and acute medicine and the
   medical specialties at preferential rates
•	 Registration for CPD to support learning and revalidation
•	 Regular copies of the Journal
•	 Opportunity to participate in the governance of the College through election to
   committees and to Council
•	 Access to the Historic Library
•	 Hire of the College facilities for professional and social activities, and
   accommodation in the heart of Edinburgh, at preferential rates

                         A charity registered in Scotland, no SC009465

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