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BST Application Process Paediatrics

How to Apply to BST in Paediatrics

When to apply

The application process for Basic Specialist Training programmes offered by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland commences in December each year. The closing date for applications is usually mid-January.

An online application form for BST programmes commencing July 2015 will be made available on our website in December 2014.

How the application process works

You can apply to Basic Specialist Training programmes in four specialties:

  • General Internal Medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Histopathology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

You can apply to more than one specialty, although very few candidates will apply to more than two specialties.

Within each specialty you apply to a programme, which consist of a series of pre-arranged SHO posts spanning two years. You rank programmes in order of preference.

All applicants who meet the entry criteria are scheduled for interview. Interviews are typically conducted in February. There are separate interview processes for each specialty. 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.

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 in March. 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.

The documents and information that you need to submit with your application to Basic Specialist Training are listed below.

Documents that you need to submit

  • A scanned/PDF copy of your academic transcript from medical school, listing your complete academic history: programmes attended, a breakdown of marks/grades achieved, the degree awarded, your overall grade and conferring date. If you completed your degree in a non-English speaking university, your transcripts must be translated into English.
  • A scanned/PDF copy of your current Medical Council of Ireland registration, or evidence that you are eligible for inclusion on the Trainee Specialist Division of the Medical Council’s register at the time of applying
  • Scanned/PDF of proof of English language competency (IELTS or Cambridge ESOL) or documentary evidence if you are exempt from this requirement – All applicants to our training programmes are required to demonstrate their competency in the English language in line with HSE specifications*
  • A scanned passport-style photo of yourself
  • A scanned copy of your passport identity page

* If you completed your entire medical degree in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, UK or the United States you are exempt from having to provide proof of English language competency.

Information to be included on your application form

  • Your employment history
  • Professional qualifications/education
  • Experience to date under the headings
  • Audit experience
  • Publications
  • Abstract publications
  • Skills courses attended
  • Career objectives
  • Details (name, title, hospital, phone and email) of two employer referees
  • Presentations

Entry requirements for Basic Specialist Training programmes commencing July 2016

  • Completed internship by July 2016
  • Eligible for inclusion on the Trainee Specialist Division of the Medical Council’s register at the time you apply
  • You have proof of competency in the English language in line with HSE specifications (or proof of exemption)

Who to contact if you have questions about applying

Trainees interested in Paediatrics should contact:

For information on how to apply to a higher specialty training programme in Paediatrics click here

The recruitment process for BST in Medicine is run by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. For more information on how to apply to the programme click here