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 are now accepting applications for Basic Specialist Training programmes in four specialties:
These programmes will start on Monday 8 July 2019.
The deadline to submit an application is 4pm sharp, Friday 4 January 2019.
The entry requirements for BST programmes:
Select the specialty you want to apply to. You can apply to more than one specialty.
You will be asked to log in to the RCPI website. Only create a new account if you don't already have a username and password for the RCPI website.
If you need technical support, contact our Helpdesk on freephone 1800 303 574 or email Helpdesk@rcpi.ie
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 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 March 2019. 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 2019 opens on Monday 3 December 2018. On this date, the online application forms will be made available on this web page.
The closing date for applications is 4:00pm sharp, Friday 4 January 2019.
Interviews will be held on the following dates*
First round offers will be made in March 2019.
*These dates are subject to change
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.
* 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 interviews are available for Irish graduates currently living outside of the EU.
Skype 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.
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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