Your first two years of HST will be spent in full-time clinical SpR posts in Ireland. You can then continue to train in full-time posts in Ireland, or you can start a period of full-time research or develop a subspecialty interest.
You can apply for up to 12 months’ credit towards your Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Specialist Training (CSCST) for research undertaken during HST.
During the annual allocation of SpR posts, we will endeavor to be as flexible as possible, within the confines of your specialty requirements, to allow you to develop a subspecialty interest.
Depending on your specialty, you will need to see a set number of emergencies and complicated cases, attend a certain number of outpatient clinics, and demonstrate competence in certain procedures and practical skills during HST.
As a specialist in internal medicine, you will need expert knowledge of a wide range of common acute disorders due to the nature of your specialty and the patients you will encounter.
Some specialties have developed Dual Training (additional training in general internal medicine), whereby you receive a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Specialist Training (CSCST) in both your main specialty and in general internal medicine.
The following specialties offer Dual Training:
- Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
- Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus
- Geriatric Medicine
- Infectious Diseases
- Respiratory Medicine
For further information about Dual Training please refer to the HST Institute of Medicine Handbook, available to download below.
In addition to supervised clinical training in the hospital, you will attend a number of mandatory courses and study days designed to help you develop professionally and acquire the non-clinical skills and knowledge needed to provide excellent patient care.
Depending on your specialty, you may be required to attend more mandatory courses in addition to the ones listed below. To see what’s required for your specialty, check the relevant HST curriculum on the Specialties page.