As training programmes go, BST in General Internal Medicine is broader and more general in nature, offering you the chance to experience lots of different subspecialties. It provides a solid foundation for further training in 23 specialties and is a great choice if you want to keep your options open.
Completion of BST in General Internal Medicine is an essential entry requirement for Higher Specialist Training in:
Completion of BST in General Internal Medicine will also help you meet the entry requirements for Higher Specialist Training in:
It will also provide valuable experience in acute medicine for those who want to undertake training in General Practice.
Information about what to include in your application can be found on our About Basic Specialist Training page.
You will be placed on a two-year rotation so you will know in advance what posts you will be working in.
You will rotate to a different SHO post every three months. You will spend at least 12 months in posts involving acute unselected medical ‘take’ (general medical on-call) and you will rotate through at least three out of the following five core specialties:
A minimum of six months will be spent outside your main metropolitan area and you will spend time in a Level 4 (large tertiary) hospital and a Level 3 (general) or Level 2 hospital (local hospital with selected/GP-referred medical patients).
We recommend that you include all nine hubs in your application, as you can rank them in order of preference later on.
In addition to supervised clinical training in the hospital, you are required to pass the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) examination in General Medicine.
You are also required to attend a number of mandatory courses, listed below, that will help you to develop professionally and acquire the non-clinical skills and knowledge needed to provide excellent patient care.
|Facts about BST in General Internal Medicine|
|Job title/grade of doctor||Senior House Officer (SHO)|
|Sample rotation breakdown||Year 1
July – September: Acute Medical Unit
October - December: Neurology
January - March: Respiratory Medicine
April – June: Endocrinology
July – September: Geriatric Medicine
October - December: Cardiology
January - March: Gastroenterology
April – June: Rheumatology
|Average intake each year||220-230|
|Exams to pass||Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) examination in General Medicine|
|Mandatory educational courses to be completed as part of BST||• BST Leadership in Clinical Practice
• Ethics, Prescribing Skills and Blood Transfusion
• Infection control
• Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
|Training body||Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training (ICHMT)|
Find out more about Basic Specialist Training in General Internal Medicine:
To qualify for a Certificate of Completion of Basic Specialist Training in General Internal Medicine, you will need to
Dr John McDermott is Associate Director of Basic Specialist Training in General Internal Medicine in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and a Junior Fellow on Council. Dr McDermott graduated from NUI Galway (then UCG) in 1998. He is a Consultant Endocrinologist and Dean of Postgraduate Studies in Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown, and Module Coordinator for the RCSI Graduate Entry Medicine Programme in Connolly Hospital.