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Basic Specialist Training

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Basic Specialist Training (BST) is the first step towards specialisation in medicine

BST is a hospital-based training programme completed in Senior House Officer (SHO) posts. It prepares you for Higher Specialist Training, which is the final stage of training.

We offer Basic Specialist Training programmes in four specialties:

  • General Internal Medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Histopathology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Entry to BST is competitive and we manage the national recruitment process every year.

Training bodies are supported and funded by HSE NDTP.