New Irish Clinician Educator Track (ICET) programme launched

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Irish Clinician Educator Track (ICET) programme

The Irish Clinician Educator Track (ICET) programme is an innovative, advanced, educational pathway in the field of Postgraduate Clinical Education.

It is a National Programme developed to provide training in Postgraduate Clinical Education and it is open to Specialist Registrars who can undertake it as Out of Clinical Programme Experience (OCPE) in alignment with RCPI regulations for OCPE.

The pilot of the programme, starting in July 2023, is open to Trainees of the Institute of Medicine with a plan to expand from 2024 to other programmes in RCPI.

The aim of the programme is to support the training and professional development of future leaders in Postgraduate Clinical Education in Ireland.

The administration of the Programme is by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) and is under the direction of the Directors of ICET, Professor Edward McKone and Professor Margaret O’Connor, and the Dean of the Institute of Medicine, Professor Anthony O’Regan.

Programme Overview

There are six qualitative components to the programme:

  • Education Theory
  • Education Practice (Teaching)
  • Research
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Quality Improvement

Job Specifications

The 2023 ICET pilot has three 2-year posts that will be primarily based in academic university-affiliated hospitals. Each post has specific requirements that will be integrated with the RCPI ICET teaching program. Trainees will be expected to complete research projects into areas of medical education and quality improvement that will result in the awarding of a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree.

Details of the three posts are linked below:
1. University College Cork/University Hospital Waterford 
2. University College Dublin/St. Vincent’s University Hospital 
3. Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland/Beaumont Hospital 

Trainees will also have the opportunity for teaching practice within RCPI. 

Entry Requirements

In order to be eligible to apply for the ICET programme, candidates must:

  • Be enrolled in a Higher Specialist Training (HST) programme with RCPI or have completed the HST programme.
  • Be entering the second last or final year of training in July 2023.
  • Have a good training record with appropriate sign-off at the last evaluation.
  • Inform the NSD of intention to apply for ICET.

How to apply

To apply for the ICET Programme, please submit the following documentation to no later than 12pm (midday), Wednesday 30 November:

  • Up-to-date CV
  • Cover letter
  • Personal Statement
  • 2 Referees who will provide a written reference by interview stage

Applications open on Thursday, 10 November and close at 12pm (midday), Wednesday, 30 November 2022.

Should your application be successful, you will be invited for interview. Interviews will take place between 5 December and 16 December 2022 and may be in person or virtual depending on the RCPI policy.

For additional information regarding the ICET programme please contact:

Prof Edward McKone, RCPI ICET Co-director | email:

Prof Margaret O’Connor RCPI ICET Co-director | email:

For additional information regarding the three hospital-based posts, please contact:

University College Cork/University Hospital Waterford – Prof. John Cooke | email:

University College Dublin/St. Vincent’s University Hospital – Dr Marcus Butler | email:

Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland/Beaumont Hospital – Dr Muirne Spooner | email: