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.

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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.