Higher Specialist Training

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The final crucial step on the path to specialisation in medicine

Higher Specialist Training (HST) is the final crucial step on the path to specialisation in medicine. It is a four- to six-year training programme completed in Specialist Registrar (SpR) posts, with programmes available in 28 specialties.

On completion of HST, you will be eligible to register with the Medical Council of Ireland as a specialist and can begin to apply for consultant posts.

Entry to HST is competitive and we manage the national recruitment process every year.

Training bodies are supported and funded by HSE NDTP.

I highly recommend RCPI's Higher Specialist Training programme. It has more than prepared me to be competitive at an international level and after going abroad, I realised how well rounded my training was in terms of knowledge, technical abilities, professionalism and approach to work.

Grace Chan

Gastroenterology Consultant in London with an interest in hepatopancreaticobiliary