Dermatology is concerned with the structure, functions and appearance of the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes (mouth and genitalia), and the impacts on these of both primary and systemic diseases affecting the integument.  The Dermatologist will be expected to correctly diagnose the conditions presenting and be competent to advise on the management of diseases affecting the skin and its appendages. Besides the pathological processes involved and the physical impact of each condition, psycho-social effects must also be understood.  The potential to benefit and the risks of specific treatments must be learned.  The Dermatologist may later wish to develop to a greater extent, particular aspects of the subject, such as paediatric dermatology, or occupational dermatoses.

Training Pathway in Dermatology

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
Training Level Medical School Intern Year Basic Specialty Training in Medicine Higher Specialist Training in Dermatology
Duration 4-6 years 1 year 2 years 5 years
Entry Process Graduate or direct entry Entry through the HSE Intern Match Entry based on competitive interview Entry based on competitive interview
Mandatory Examinations As per curriculum N/A MRCPI Exam N/A
Application Date CAO process opens in November Application process opens in October Application process opens in December Application process open in November
Programme Operated by: Undergraduate Universities Intern Networks RCPI RCPI

The Higher Specialist Training Programme in Dermatology is run by the ICHMT, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.


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