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:
Applications for Basic Specialist Training programmes for July 2021 will open on Monday, 5 October 2020, and will close at 12pm, Friday, 13 November 2020.
All applications will be submitted online.
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:
Please click on the link below to submit your application:
Applications will close at 12pm, Friday 13 November 2020.
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 the following dates*
First round offers will be made within a couple of weeks of the interviews.
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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