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Become a Trainer

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Why become a Trainer?

Trainers play a crucial role in the delivery of our Basic and Higher Specialist Training programmes. They guide Trainees along the path to becoming a specialist and help the next generation of medical leaders reach their full potential.

As an RCPI Trainer, you have access to motivated, highly-skilled Trainees who have been successfully appointed following a competitive process. These are Trainees who will contribute to a high quality service.

We will provide you with advice, training and support through our Physicians as Trainers educational programme. 

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Can I become an RCPI Trainer?

We welcome applications to become an RCPI Trainer. First, check that you meet the following criteria:

  • Registered on the relevant Specialist Division of the Medical Council Register
  • Registered on a Professional Competence Scheme
  • Practising at consultant level (permanent post) in Ireland
  • Fellow of the relevant training body (RCPI or one of our Faculties/Institutes) - This is desirable but not mandatory

Once your online application is approved you will be required to complete the RCPI Physicians as Trainers Essential Skills course. You will not be an approved RCPI Trainer until you have completed this course.  

The Role and Responsibilities of the Trainer document is available below for you to review. 

The Tenure of Office for RCPI trainers is five years. You will be asked to provide updated contact details every five years.

Role and Responsibilities of the Trainer

Request an application form

Apply to become an RCPI Trainer - Simply contact us to request an application form

Physicians as Trainers

We offer a wide range of Physicians as Trainers workshops and online courses that support skills development in the areas of medical training, coaching, educational development and career development. Most of these courses are free of charge.

Contact Us

Higher Specialist Training

Ciara Buckley

Senior Operations Manager, Training and Faculties Office

Tel: +353 1 863 9757

Ciara manages the Training and Faculties Office at RCPI.


Cathie Kearns

Coordinator, Internal Medicine Higher Specialist Training

Tel: + 353 1 863 9753

Contact Cathie for information about Higher Specialist Training in

  • Clinical Genetics
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Rehabilitation Medicine


Jack O'Flanagan

Team Lead, Higher Specialist Training in General Medicine

Tel: +353 (0)1 863 9715


Katerina Prazakova

Coordinator, Internal Medicine Higher Specialist Training

Tel: +353 1 863 9796

Contact Katerina for information about Higher Specialist Training in

  • Genito-Urinary Medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Cardiology


Lauren Kerchner, HST

Coordinator, Pathology Higher Specialist Training

Tel: +353 1 863 9640

Contact Lauren for information about Higher Specialist Training in

  • Chemical Pathology
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Haematology
  • Histopathology
  • Immunology
  • Neuropathology


Sandra Keeping

Coordinator, Internal Medicine Higher Specialist Training

Tel: +353 863 9716

Contact Sandra for information about Higher Specialist Training in

  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmaceutical Medicine
  • Respiratory Medicine