Nephrology is a predominantly clinical specialty dealing with diseases of the kidneys as they affect people of all ages.  Besides the pathophysiological processes involved and the physical impact of each condition, psycho-social effects must also be understood.  The potential benefits and risks of specific treatments must be learned and experience gained in the multi-disciplinary approach to management of patients with kidney disease.  The physician may later wish to may develop subspecialty expertise in areas such as transplantation, obstetric medicine, vasculitis, etc so it is important that an interest in such topics can be facilitated during training.

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 Nephrology
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 Nephrology is run by the ICHMT, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

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