Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training

Doctor reviewing chart with trainee.

We are the national training body for General Medicine in Ireland.

With over 700 Trainees in Basic and Higher Specialist Training, we are the largest postgraduate specialist training body in Ireland - well positioned to continually pursue excellence in the delivery of healthcare.

We are accredited by the Medical Council of Ireland and are proud to meet the strict standards required to deliver postgraduate specialist training in 18 specialties:

  • Cardiology
  • Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Clinical Genetics
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Internal Medicine
  • Genitourinary Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medical Oncology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Medicine
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Rheumatology

We develop and monitor training programmes in these specialties and work to maintain the highest standards throughout the continuum of training and educational development. We differ from RCPI’s other Faculties and Institutes in that we deal solely with specialist medical training and are not a professional body with members.

We work to advance the science and practice of general medicine in Ireland. We develop and maintain standards in general medicine and are an authoritative voice on matters relating to the 18 general medical specialties in Ireland.

What we do

We are responsible for:

  • Developing policies relating to training in the 18 general medical specialties in Ireland, and implementing and reviewing the delivery of their training programmes
  • Delivering postgraduate medical education and training, including recruitment, selection, assessment, examination, remediation and certification
  • Setting policies for specialist training, including determining the entry criteria for specialist training, ensuring the educational approval of training programmes and posts, and developing training programmes and new specialties within general medicine
  • Approving new trainers, posts, departments and hospitals for training in our specialties
  • Appointing National Specialty Directors (NSDs) and Regional Specialty Advisors (RSAs)
  • Awarding Certificates of Satisfactory Completion of Specialist Training (CSCST) 
  • Professional standards for doctors in general medicine, including the development and delivery of Professional Competence Schemes in accordance with the standards specified by the Medical Council 
  • Reviewing applications to the Specialist Division of the Medical Council’s Register of Medical Practitioners in accordance with standards specified by the Medical Council
  • Acting in an advisory capacity to government and statutory bodies in all matters pertaining to general medical specialties

Our Chair

Dr Diarmuid O’Shea is the current Interim Chair of the Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training.

Dr Diarmuid O’Shea


Tel: 01 863 9763

Dr Diarmuid O’Shea is the Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. On taking up this role he stepped down as Vice-President of Education and Professional Development, a role he held for 8 years.  He acted as the Masterclass Series Convenor in the RCPI since its inception in 2007.  He was National Specialty Director in Geriatric Medicine from 2000 – 2004. A UCD medical graduate, he is currently Interim Chair of the Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training and works as a Consultant Physician in Geriatric and General Medicine in St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. He stepped down from his role as Clinical Lead for the National Clinical Programme for Older People in May 2019. Diarmuid chairs the RCPI Digital Strategy Advisory Group.    

Contact us

Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training


Tel: +353 1 863 9700

Ireland's national training body for General Medicine.