Respiratory Medicine

Training Pathway

Higher Specialist Training

Following basic specialty training doctors may choose to continue training at higher specialist training level. Doctors must decide the specialty they wish to pursue.

The information below outlines important information about higher training in the specialty of Respiratory Medicine.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for Higher Specialist Training (HST) in Respiratory must have completed a minimum of two years Basic Specialist Training  (BST) in approved posts and obtained the MRCPI or (UK*).

Duration & Organisation of Training

The HST in Respiratory is 4 years, one year of which may be gained from a period of full-time research. Those who wish to obtain dual certification in Respiratory Medicine and in General (Internal) Medicine will require at least a fifth year of training.

The experience gained through rotation around different departments is recognised as an essential part of HST. A Specialist Registrar may not remain in the same unit for longer than 2 years of clinical training; or with the same trainer for more than 1 year.

The training programme offered will provide opportunities to fulfil all the requirements of the curriculum of training for Respiratory Medicine programmes in accredited training hospitals.

A minimum period of 4 months spent on an attachment to an intensive care unit is desirable for training in Respiratory Medicine.

Some experience of thoracic surgery especially rigid bronchoscopy, mediastinoscopy is mandatory and all trainees should attend such procedures.

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