Committed to the pursuit of excellence and quality in dentistry in Ireland, the Faculty of Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, recently announced the introduction of a new examination, the Diploma of Primary Care Dentistry (Dip PCD (RCSI)). The Diploma has been approved by the Dental Council and the examination has been developed in collaboration with the Irish Dental Association and the Irish Faculty of Primary Dental Care.
Candidates for the Diploma examination are required to have completed a minimum of 12 months clinical practice following graduation. The examination consists of an MCQ examination and a Clinical Reasoning Assessment, which takes the form of a written paper. There is strong emphasis on clinical practice within both components of this examination. Further information, including regulations and the exam closing date can be found below. The Faculty of Dentistry RCSI also runs a monthly Postgraduate Dental Education Programme which provides a considerable amount of information which is relevant in helping candidates to prepare for this examination. Candidates who are successful in the Dip PCD RCSI may enter the MFD Part 2 directly (and are exempt the MFD Part 1) provided they meet all the requirements as set out in the regulations. The Diploma of Primary Care Dentistry, RCSI is also a stand-alone qualification.
Please click on the below links for further exam information:
General Dental Syllabus [PDF]
Record of CPD Activity [PDF]
RCSI 2018 Exam Calendar [PDF]
All Diploma of Primary Care Dentistry Exam queries should be directed to:
Ms. Emma Scally
Student, Academic & Regulatory Affairs (SARA) Department, RCSI.
You can apply for the examination online through the following link: postgradexams.rcsi.ie