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:
To be eligible for a place on the BST General Internal Medicine programme, you must be competent in:
Places in BST are allocated in the first instance to applicants who, at the time of application, are citizens of Ireland or nationals of another Member State of the European Union, Stamp 4 Visa Holders and UK nationals. We are awaiting updated guidance from the HSE/NDTP on this process, and once we receive this it will be published here.
Applications for BST will open on Friday 1 October 2021 and will close at 12pm (midday), Friday 12 November 2021
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.
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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.
The first step is to complete the online application for the relevant Training Programme and submit the required supporting documentation.
Following the applications deadline, the verification process will commence where your eligibility and application are checked and verified. You will be informed if your application has been verified or not.
Interviews will take place in January / February 2022 and you will be sent details of this in advance should you be invited to interview stage.
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 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.
Click here for further details on these documents and a checklist to assist with your application preparation.
There are three ways to confirm your eligibility for Irish Medical Council (IMC) registration:
You may wish to support your application and gain additional marks by including evidence of some of the following:
Click here for further details on Research and Other Qualifications for BST GIM, BST Histopathology and BST Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Click here for further details on Research and Other Qualifications for BST General Paediatrics
Please select the relevant training programme below to view how scores are allocated for your application and interview:
Click here for further details on Centile Scores for BST GIM, BST Histopathology and BST Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Click here for further details on Centile Scores for BST General Paediatrics
Interviews for BST will take place in January / February 2022. All interviews will take place virtually via Zoom. Interviews generally take place between 7:00am – 5:00pm GMT on the interview date.
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.
All applicants are required to demonstrate their competency in the English Language in line with HSE specifications. Read more about English Language requirements here.