Gastroenterology is the study of diseases involving the digestive tract, liver and pancreas, which include chronic inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune conditions involving the liver and pancreas, functional bowel disorders, coeliac disease, dysmotility disorders, GI cancers and many more.

Besides the theory behind GI disease, Gastroenterologists spend a significant proportion of their time performing procedures ranging from basic diagnostic endoscopies including gastroscopies and colonoscopies to both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures including Enodscopic ultrasound, ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatopgraphy), double balloon enteroscopy and more advance interventional luminal endoscopy.

Within the specialty there is considerable scope for sub-specialisation e.g. Hepatology (viral Hepatology, transplant Hepatology), luminal Gastroenterology, functional disease, interventional endoscopy and pancreaticobiliary medicine with significant opportunity for research.

Training Pathway in Gastroenterology

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
Training Level Medical School Intern Year Basic Specialty Training in Medicine Higher Specialist Training in Gastroenterology
Duration 4-6 years 1 year 2 years 4-5 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 Gastroenterology is run by the ICHMT, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.


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