Advice for Trainees

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Training as a specialist can be challenging

We know that training as a specialist can be very challenging, and there is evidence to suggest that Trainees sometimes struggle in Basic Specialist Training.

The top stressors in Basic Specialist Training are known to be:

  • A heavy workload involving
    • Exams
    • Academic responsibilities 
    • Audit
    • Research
    • On-call
    • Balancing service provision with your training needs. For example, difficulty asking for time off
    • Maintaining a healthy work/life balance, maintaining relationships
    • Moving hospitals and home due to rotations
  • Financial difficulties
  • An uncertain future in the Irish healthcare system
  • Shortage of NCHDs in the hospital, and the impact on other NCHDs
  • Long working hours and lack of sleep

BST Survival Guide

Download our BST survival guide (which contains tips from RCPI Trainees in their own words!) and remember – we are here to help

Look after your wellbeing with RCPI

As part of our Physician Wellbeing programme, we offer a range of courses and workshops, specially tailored for doctors, to help you manage stress and workplace challenges.

Contact Us

RCPI Physician Wellbeing Programme

Tel: +353 1 863 9700

Through our Physician Wellbeing programme we are providing support, training and information to doctors at all stages of their careers.

Basic Specialist Training

Jane Fletcher

Team Lead, Basic Specialist Training

Tel: 01 8639 657

Jane is the Team Lead overseeing Basic Specialist Training.


Catherine Corcoran

Programme Coordinator, Obstetrics and Gynaecology training programmes

Tel: +3531 6698 830

Contact Catherine for queries about Basic Specialist Training and Higher Specialist Training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology


Lauren Kerchner, BST

Coordinator, Histopathology Basic Specialist Training

Tel: +353 1 863 9640

Contact Lauren for information about Basic Specialist Training in Histopathology.


Maeli Santos

Coordinator, General Internal Medicine Basic Specialist Training

Tel: +353 1 863 9626

Contact Maeli for information about Basic Specialist Training in General Internal Medicine.


Paula Cullen

Coordinator, General Internal Medicine Basic Specialist Training

Tel: +353 1 863 9719

Contact Paula for information about Basic Specialist Training in General Internal Medicine


Vladislava Novicka

Medical Training Coordinator

Tel: +353 1 8639 616

Contact Vladislava for information about Basic Specialist Training in Paediatrics.