Medical Oncology

Medical Oncology is a medical discipline rather than surgical, and focuses on developing expertise in the management of cancer patients. The management of care should be based on well-established standards and should ensure that the patient is cared for as a whole person.  This care involves clinical and other investigations, management of the complications of the disease and its treatment and the provision of appropriate emotional, social and psychological support for patients and their families.

The medical oncologist is an essential member of the cancer team and is frequently the central figure in the provision of total care for the cancer patient in the multidisciplinary setting.

Training Pathway

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

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