Rehabilitation Medicine

Rehabilitation Medicine is the branch of medicine that aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments or disabilities.

Training in Rehabilitation Medicine requires expertise in a broad range of clinical skills, not only medical, but also psychological, technical and social. A sound knowledge and experience of the wide variety of disorders encountered is necessary together with skills to co-ordinate a range of medical and paramedical expertise, social agencies and personal support services.

Specialists in Rehabilitation Medicine work closely with allied specialties such as Rheumatology, Neurology, Geriatric medicine and Spinal injury.

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

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