Basic Specialist Training (BST) is the first step towards specialisation in medicine.
It 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.
Completion of the intern year is an essential entry requirement.
BST is structured so that you rotate to a different post every three or six months, letting you experience different subspecialties and clinical teams. All posts approved for BST in Ireland are full-time and salaried.
In addition to supervised clinical training in the hospital, you will need to complete exams and courses designed to help you to develop professionally and acquire the skills and knowledge needed to provide excellent patient care.
We offer Basic Specialist Training programmes in four specialties:
The entry requirements for BST programmes:
*On 6 November 2020, the signing of commencement order for s97 and 100 of the Regulated Professions (Health and Social Care) (Amendment) Act 2020 came into effect. This allows any doctor eligible for registration on the Council’s general division to apply for specialist training.
To be eligible for a place on the BST General Internal Medicine programme, you must be competent in:
The Regulated Professions (Health and Social Care) (Amendment) Act 2020 will increase the number of doctors who are eligible for entry onto the Medical Council training register.
As the Irish Medical Council is now issuing emails to confirm future eligibility of entry onto the training register for the cohort of doctors affected by this act, the RCPI has extended the deadline for receipt of applications to RCPI Training Programmes commencing in 2021, for this cohort of doctors only.
For all doctors who will become eligible for entry onto the training register under the Regulated Professions (Health and Social Care) (Amendment) Act 2020, the new closing date for receipt of applications is 12pm on Friday 27th November. Applications from this cohort of doctors will now be accepted up until November 27th, if accompanied by an email or with a general registration certificates (either current or in the past) from the Medical Council confirming future eligibility. All the other criteria of eligibility for RCPI Training continue as applied.
The closing date for doctors who are not impacted by the Regulated Professions (Health and Social Care) (Amendment) Act 2020 remains 12pm, Friday 13 November 2020.
For the purpose of demonstrating eligibility for the application to a Training Programme, for General Registration for either groups mentioned above a General Registration certificate (either current or in the past) or a letter from the Irish Medical Council will confirm an applicant’s eligibility.
The application closing date for doctors who were not impacted by the Regulated Professions (Health and Social Care) (Amendment) Act 2020 was 12pm, Friday 13 November 2020.
The application closing date for doctors who are impacted by the Regulated Professions (Health and Social Care) (Amendment) Act 2020 was 12pm, Friday 27 November 2020.
Please note that we are unable to amend/correct submitted applications. Submitted applications are final.
This annual event, hosted by the Forum is aimed at interns and final year medical students to provide valuable information at this critical stage in their career. The event is focused on specialty training as well as talks about medical career planning. This year, we hosted the event virtually on Zoom, please click the links below to watch the recorded sessions.
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You can apply to Basic Specialist Training programmes in four specialties:
You can apply to more than one specialty, although very few candidates will apply to more than two specialties.
All applicants who meet the entry requirements listed above will be scheduled for interview. Interviews are conducted in January, February and March. There are separate interview processes for each specialty.
You will receive marks for your academic achievements, performance at interview, clinical acumen, general suitability for the specialty and your appraisal forms. You will be matched to your highest possible preference based on your total marks.
First round offers will be made in within a couple of weeks of the interviews. There are usually three rounds of matching and offers.
You can only be matched to one preference in each specialty. You can be offered a place in more than one specialty but you can only accept one offer.
The application process for Basic Specialist Training programmes commencing July 2021 opens on Monday, 5 October 2020. On this date, the online application forms will be made available on this web page.
The closing date for applications is 12:00pm sharp, Friday 13 November 2020.
Interviews will be held on Zoom over the following dates*
First round offers will be made within a couple of weeks of the interviews.
Please note that interview dates are subject to change if necessary.
You are required to submit two appraisal forms from two referees with your BST application. You will also be required to bring these two appraisal forms to your interview.
Your referees are asked to rate your professional attitude and personal attributes on the appraisal form.
One of your apprasial forms should be from your current or most recent employer
* If you completed your entire medical degree in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, UK or the United States you are exempt from having to provide proof of English language competency.
A limited number of Skype/Zoom interviews are available for Irish graduates currently living outside of the EU.
Skype/Zoom interviews will take place between 07:00 – 17.00 GMT on the following dates*:
To request a Skype interview, please email your application reference number to email@example.com once you have submitted your BST application.
We have limited capacity to conduct Skype interviews and unfortunately not all requests can be accommodated.
*Dates are subject to change.
You will be required to bring two appraisal forms from two referees to your interview. Your referees are asked to rate your professional attitude and personal attributes on the appraisal form.
Places in BST are allocated in the first instance to candidates who are citizens of Ireland or nationals of another member state of the European Union. Read more about allocation of places in BST.
All applicants are required to demonstrate their competency in the English Language in line with HSE specifications. Read more about English Language requirements here.
We have a dedicated administrative team to support Trainees in Basic Specialist Training. They are happy to deal with any questions you have about BST.
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