Paediatric Medicine

Paediatric Medicine deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions affecting infants, children, and adolescents, from birth to age 18.

Paediatricians diagnose and treat specific health issues, diseases and disorders related to the various stages of growth and development. They work very closely with the patient and their family.

Paediatricians working in general hospitals in Ireland mainly practice General Paediatrics. A General Paediatrician must be competent in the prevention, diagnosis and management of a wide range of diseases. They must be able to deal with the acute presentation of illness affecting one or more organ systems at the same time.

Paediatricians in tertiary children’s hospitals (e.g. Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin) tend to have a specific subspecialty interest, such as Paediatric Immunology or Paediatric Metabolic Medicine.

Neonatology, a subspecialty of Paediatrics, deals with the medical care of newborn infants, especially the ill or premature newborn infant. It is usually practiced in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).

A trainee in General Paediatrics must be competent in the prevention, diagnosis and management of a wide range of diseases and in hospital based interventional procedures.  Above all the General Paediatrician should have the competencies to deal with acute presentation of illness affecting concurrently one or more organ systems and the administration of all necessary immediate care.  These competencies must relate to all aspects of Paediatrics including the special needs in both treatment and immediate care of the neonate.

Training Pathway

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
Training Level Medical School Intern Year Basic Specialty Training in Paediatrics Higher Specialist Training in Paediatrics
Duration 4-6 years 1 year 2 years 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 (Paediatrics) 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

Please click below for detailed information on each level of postgraduate training:

 Basic Specialty Training Programme in Paediatrics

Higher Specialist Training Programme in Paediatrics