Application Process Medicine

How to Apply to Higher Specialist Training Programme in Medicine

Following completion of the Basic Specialty Training Programme doctors who wish to specialise in a Medical Specialty may apply for the Higher Specialist Training Programme.

The recruitment and selection process for Higher Specialist Training (HST) opens in November every year. Candidates are required to submit a separate application for each specialty.

The deadline to submit an application for HST is normally the last working day in November, with interviews for shortlisted candidates taking place the following February and March. As there are a limited number of places in HST, entry to each specialty is competitive.

On the online application form for HST you will be asked for the following information:

  • Employment and training history
  • Clinical practice – experience to date
  • Teaching experience
  • Audit experience
  • Research experience
  • Presentations to date
  • Publications to date
  • Abstract publications to date
  • Management experience
  • Academic distinctions
  • Skills courses completed
  • Aims and achievements
  • Contact details of two referees, one of whom must be your most recent supervising consultant
  • You must be eligible for inclusion on the Trainee Specialist Division of the Medical Council’s register at the time of applying.
  • You must have a certificate of completion of Basic Specialist Training (BST) in the relevant specialty, or a letter of equivalence of BST, or a letter of provisional approval of BST
  • For most specialties you must have successfully achieved a postgraduate qualification such as MRCPI or equivalent. Please check the relevant HST curriculum on our website.
  • You may also need to meet other specialty-specific entry requirements, which are outlined in the relevant HST curriculum on our website.

Entry requirements for Higher Specialist Training

  • You must be eligible for inclusion on the Trainee Specialist Division of the Medical Council’s register at the time of applying.
  • You must have a certificate of completion of Basic Specialist Training (BST) in the relevant specialty, or a letter of equivalence of BST, or a letter of provisional approval of BST
  • For most specialties you must have successfully achieved a postgraduate qualification such as MRCPI or equivalent. Please check the relevant HST curriculum on our website.
  • You may also need to meet other specialty-specific entry requirements, which are outlined in the relevant HST curriculum on the RCPI website.

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

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