Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Basic Specialty Training

Basic Specialist Training (BST) in Obstetrics and Gynaecology is a three-year programme of supervised clinical training in Senior House Officer (SHO) and junior Registrar posts. Completion of the intern year is an essential entry requirement.

You will be placed on a rotation and you will know in advance what posts you will be working in for the first two years. Your rotation will incorporate the following core elements:

  • The combination of posts ensures a broad exposure to Obstetrics and Gynaecology over the three years
  • Not more than six months is spent in any one SHO post
  • There is an on-call commitment in Obstetrics, Gynaecology or combined Obstetrics and Gynaecology for the full three years
  • The third year is spent in a junior Registrar post

In addition to supervised clinical training in the hospital, you are required to pass the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) examination in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. You are also required to attend a number of mandatory courses that will help you to develop professionally and acquire the non-clinical skills and knowledge needed to provide excellent patient care. Entry to BST is competitive. We manage national recruitment to BST in Obstetrics and Gynaecology every year.

Facts about BST in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Duration Three years
Job title/grade of doctor Senior House Officer (SHO) in years 1 and 2, Junior Registrar in year 3
Sample rotation breakdown In years 1 and 2 Trainees rotate to a new SHO post in Obstetrics and Gynaecology every six months. Year 3 is spent in one Registrar post.
Average intake each year 20 – 25
Exams to pass Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) examination in Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Mandatory educational courses to be completed as part of BST)
  • BST Leadership in Clinical Practice
  • Ethics, Prescribing Skills and Blood Transfusion
  • Family Planning
  • Certificate in Basic Ultrasound for Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Basic Practical Skills in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Basic Surgical Skills (PROMPT or ALSO)
  • Infection control
Training body Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
When to apply December each year



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