Why Choose RCPI?

Doctor reading patient notes.

We will help you reach your full potential

You know that being a great doctor requires more than clinical competence.

Our training programmes will help you develop the communication, management and interpersonal skills essential for providing excellent patient care, along with expert training on ethics, specially tailored for individual specialties.

We understand it’s important to care for the caregivers and we are committed to supporting the wellbeing of our Trainees, every step of the way.

When you are accepted onto one of our training programmes, you can be sure your training is monitored and delivered to the highest standard possible.

Trainee studying.

What You Get When You Train with Us

In addition to providing quality-assured, curriculum-based training with some of Ireland’s leading specialists, we offer a wide range of benefits, services and support to all those who are accepted onto our training programmes.

We provide support and guidance on targets, procedures, courses, assessments and all matters relevant to your training.

We conduct our affairs transparently and impartially in the best interests of education and training standards.

We protect the best interests of Trainees in our dealings with the Government and other stakeholders.

Benefits and services that we are pleased to offer Trainees include:

  • Free online access to BMJ Journals, the Lancet Online and our ejournal club for Trainees
  • A free four-month subscription to a BMJ OnExamination package
  • A wide range of discounts on travel, computers, insurance, medical equipment, entertainment, sports and fitness, financial products, and lots more through our group affinity scheme
  • A free Student Leap Card, which will get you discounts with Irish Rail, Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann, Dart and Luas services
  • Free attendance at many of our courses and events, including Masterclasses, all of your mandatory courses, and our annual National Education Day for Doctors in Training

START PLANNING YOUR MEDICAL CAREER

Download our 2020 Postgraduate Training Opportunities Brochure

Training programmes in 29 specialties

Our training programmes are accredited by the Medical Council of Ireland and can lead to great careers in 29 specialties:

Internal Medicine, including Cardiology
Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Clinical Genetics
Dermatology
Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus
Gastroenterology
General Internal Medicine
Genitourinary Medicine
Geriatric Medicine
Infectious Diseases
Medical Oncology
Nephrology
Neurology
Palliative Medicine
Pharmaceutical Medicine
Rehabilitation Medicine
Respiratory Medicine
Rheumatology
Occupational Medicine
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Pathology, including
Chemical Pathology
Clinical Microbiology
Haematology
Histopathology
Immunology
Paediatrics, including General Paediatrics
Neonatology
Paediatric Cardiology
Public Health Medicine
 
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Our Role in Postgraduate Specialist Training

We house six of the 13 postgraduate specialist training bodies in Ireland:

  1. Institute of Medicine
  2. Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  3. Faculty of Occupational Medicine
  4. Faculty of Pathology
  5. Faculty of Paediatrics
  6. Faculty of Public Health Medicine

Although we have six separate training bodies on site, we operate as a single organisation and are committed to delivering postgraduate specialist training to over 1,200 doctors in 29 specialties.

Training takes place in structured rotations on hospital sites across Ireland, and is supported by our experienced network of local trainers, Programme Directors and National Specialty Directors.

We work closely with the Medical Education and Training Unit in the Health Service Executive (HSE) to ensure that your training is delivered to the highest standards on hospital sites.

Who to contact if you have questions about Basic Specialist Training

Basic Specialist Training

Alex Nolan

Programme Coordinator, Institute of Medicine

Tel: +353 1 863 9653

Contact Alex for information about Higher Specialist Training in

  • Genito-Urinary Medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Cardiology
Contact Alex for information about Basic Specialist Training in
  • General Internal Medicine (Galway Hub)
  • General Internal Medicine (Mayo/Sligo Hub)


Catherine Corcoran

Programme Coordinator

Tel: +3531 6698 830

Contact Catherine for information about Higher Specialist Training and Basic Specialist Training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology


Lauren Kerchner, BST

Coordinator, Histopathology Basic Specialist Training

Tel: +353 1 863 9640

Contact Lauren for information about Basic Specialist Training in Histopathology.


Louise Guyett

Programme Coordinator, Institute of Medicine

Tel: +353 1 863 9713

Contact Louise for information about Higher Specialist Training in

  • Respiratory Medicine
  Contact Louise for information about Basic Specialist Training in
  • General Internal Medicine (Mid-West Hub)


Sean O'Donnell

Programme Coordinator, Institute of Medicine

Contact Sean for information about Higher Specialist Training in

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Pharmacology
Contact Sean for information about Basic Specialist Training in
  • General Internal Medicine (St James's/TUH Hub)
  • General Internal Medicine (St Vincent's Hub)


Who to contact if you have questions about Higher Specialist Training

Higher Specialist Training

Cathie Kearns

Programme Coordinator, Institute of Medicine

Tel: + 353 1 863 9753

Contact Cathie for information about Higher Specialist Training in

  • Endocrinology & DM
  • Gastroenterology
  • Clinical Genetics
  Contact Cathie for information about Basic Specialist Training in
  • General Internal Medicine (Mater Hub)


Claire Doyle

Programme and Faculty Coordinator, Public Health Medicine

Tel: +353 (0)1 8639 714

Contact Claire for information about Higher Specialist Training in

  • Public Health Medicine
  • Occupational Health Medicine
  • Rehabilitation Medicine


Katerina Prazakova

Programme Coordinator, Institute of Medicine

Tel: +353 1 863 9796

Contact Katerina for information about Higher Specialist Training in

  • Palliative Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • General Internal Medicine
  Contact Katerina for information about Basic Specialist Training in
  • General Internal Medicine (South Hub)
  • General Internal Medicine (South-East Hub)


Lauren Kerchner, HST

Programme Coordinator, Pathology Basic & Higher Specialist Training

Tel: +353 1 863 9640

Contact Lauren for information about Higher Specialist Training in

  • Chemical Pathology
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Haematology
  • Histopathology
  • Immunology
Contact Lauren for information about Basic Specialist Training in
  • Histopathology


Maeli Santos

Programme Coordinator, Institute of Medicine

Tel: +353 1 863 9626

Contact Mae for information about Higher Specialist Training in

  • Nephrology
  • Medical Oncology
  Contact Mae for information about Basic Specialist Training in
  • General Internal Medicine (Beaumont/Connolly Hub)


Melana Martel

Medical Training Coordinator

Tel: +353 1 8639 613

Melana is the Medical Training Coordinator in the Faculty of Paediatrics.


Sandra Keeping

Faculty and Programme Coordinator, Institute of Medicine

Tel: +353 (0)1 8639 716

Contact Sandra for information regarding the Institute of Medicine and for information about Higher Specialist Training in

  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Medicine


Who to contact if you have questions about our International Clinical Fellowship Programme

Taimse Tracey

Manager, International Training

Tel: +353 1 863 9764

Taimse manages all matters relating to the International Clinical Fellowship Programme and the Joint Residency Training Programme.