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 deadline to apply for BST programmes commencing July 2020 was 18 November 2019.
The entry requirements for BST programmes:
To be eligible for a place on the BST General Internal Medicine programme, you must be competent in:
To view what information was required on the 2020 application form, please refer to the following guides:
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 2020 opens on Thursday 1st October 2019. 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 15 November 2019.
Interviews will be held on the following dates*
First round offers will be made within a couple of weeks of the interviews.
*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.
*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.
Contact Catherine for queries about Basic Specialist Training and Higher Specialist Training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Contact Lauren for information about Basic Specialist Training in Histopathology.
Contact Maeli for information about Basic Specialist Training in General Internal Medicine.