Rheumatology – Higher Specialist Training Programme

The Higher Specialist Training Programme in Rheumatology is run by the ICHMT, Royal College of Physcians of Ireland.

Entry Requirements

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

Duration & Organsiation of Training

The duration of HST in Rheumatology 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 Rheumatology and e.g. in General (Internal) Medicine will require at least a fifth year of training.

No particular order or sequence of training will be imposed and programmes offered should be flexible i.e. capable of being adjusted to meet trainees’ needs. The earlier years will usually be directed
towards acquiring a broad general experience of Rheumatology under appropriate supervision. An increase in the content of hands-on experience follows naturally, and, as confidence is gained and
abilities are acquired, the trainee will be encouraged to assume a greater degree of responsibility and independence.

A trainee in Rheumatology must have an in-depth knowledge of internal medicine, excellent general diagnostic skills, an aptitude for clinical analysis and an ability to work in a team environment with clinicians and health professionals from different specialties. Proficiency in joint and soft tissue aspiration and injection is also essential.

How to Apply

The recruitment and selection process for Higher Specialist Training (HST) opens in November every year. The deadline to submit an application for HST is normally the last working day in November, with interviews for shortlisted candidates taking place the following February and March. As there are a limited number of places in HST, entry to each specialty is competitive

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