Applying to Basic Specialist Training

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Basic Specialist Training

Applications to BST will open on 1 December 2017 for July 2018 intake

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:

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

 

 

Entry Requirements for 2018

The next start date for Basic Specialist Training is Monday 9 July 2018.

The entry requirements for BST programmes commencing July 2018 are:

  • You must have completed your internship by 8 July 2018
  • You must be eligible for inclusion on the Trainee Specialist Division of the Medical Council’s register at the time you apply
  • You must have proof of competency in the English language in line with HSE Specifications.
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2018 BST Interview Dates

When your application is verified you will be invited to attend an interview in RCPI. There are separate interviews for each specialty. You are required to bring appraisal forms from two referees to your interview.

  • General Internal Medicine: 5, 6, 7 February 2018
  • Paediatrics: 19 February 2018
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology: 6, 7 February 2018
  • Histopathology: 13 March 2018

Before you begin an application, please read our Frequently Asked Questions

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You can apply to Basic Specialist Training programmes in four specialties:

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

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 will be conducted in February. 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 2017. 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.

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The application process for Basic Specialist Training programmes commencing July 2018 open on 1 December 2017.

The closing date for applications is 17:00 Friday 5 January 2018.

Interviews will be held on the following dates

  • General Internal Medicine: 5, 6, 7 February 2018
  • Paediatrics: 19 February 2018
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology: 6,7 February 2018
  • Histopathology: 13 March 2018

First round offers will be made in March 2018.

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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.

Download Blank Appraisal Form

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  • A scanned/PDF copy of your academic transcript from medical school, listing your complete academic history: programmes attended, a breakdown of marks/grades achieved, the degree awarded, your overall grade and conferring date. If you completed your degree in a non-English speaking university, your transcripts must be translated into English.
  • Scanned/PDF of proof of English language competency (IELTS) or documentary evidence if you are exempt from this requirement - All applicants to our training programmes are required to demonstrate their competency in the English language in line with HSE specifications*
  • A scanned/PDF copy of two appraisal forms from two referees 
  • A scanned copy of your passport identity page

* 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.

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  • Your employment history
  • Professional qualifications/education
  • Experience to date under the headings
    • Audit experience
    • Presentations
    • Publications
    • Abstract publications
    • Skills courses attended
  • Career objectives
  • Details (name, title, hospital, phone and email) of two employer referees

Applying to BST? Please read these important documents

Appraisal Form

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.

Allocation of BST Places

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.

Eligibility for Trainee Specialist Division – Guidance

If you did not graduate from a medical school in Ireland, please read our guidance on Medical Council registration.

English Language Requirements - Guidance

All applicants are required to demonstrate their competency in the English Language in line with HSE specifications. Read more about English Language requirements here.

Contact Us

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.

Orla Mulligan

Coordinator, Basic Specialist Training

Tel: 01 863 9719

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

Jane Fletcher

Coordinator, Basic Specialist Training

Tel: 01 8639 657

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

Basic Specialist Training

Basic Specialist Training

Tel: +353 (0)1 863 9700

Contact us for information about Basic Specialist Training in Paediatrics, Histopathology or Obstetrics and Gynaecology