Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

The remit of the specialty of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics is to improve the care of patients by promoting safe and effective use of medicines and to evaluate and introduce new therapies.

The Higher Specialist Training Programme in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics commenced in 1997 and there are currently approximately 8-10 practicing clinical pharmacologists in Ireland.

The role of CPT is based on rational and cost-effective prescribing, and should therefore be used, not only in service planning at the highest level, but also in the education of those who deliver care across all specialties and all disciplines. Specialists in CPT generally combine their work with another specialty such as Cardiology, Stroke Medicine, Internal Medicine, Care of the Elderly etc.

Training Pathway for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
Training Level Medical School Intern Year Basic Specialty Training in Medicine Higher Specialist Training in CPT
Duration 4-6 years 1 year 2 years 4 years
Entry Process Graduate or direct entry Entry through the HSE Intern Match Entry through competitive interview Entry through competitive interview
Application Date CAO process opens in November Application process opens in October Application process opens in December Application process opens in November
Programme Operated by: Undergraduate Universities Intern Networks RCPI RCPI

Please click on the links below for detailed information on each level of training:

Medical School

Intern Year

Basic Specialty Training Programme in Medicine

Higher Specialty Training Programme in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

 

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