Training Pathway

Higher Specialty Training

Following basic specialty training in Paediatrics doctors may choose to continue training at higher specialist training level.

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

The Higher Specialist Training Programme in Paediatrics is run by the Faculty of Paediatrics in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for Higher Specialist Training in Paediatrics must have completed Basic Specialty Training in Paediatrics(or an equivalent training programme) and obtained the MRCPI (Paediatrics).

Duration & Organisation of Training

The duration of Higher Specialist Training in Paediatrics is 5 years, one year of which may be gained from a period of out of programme experience either through full time research or a clinical programme

The experience gained by rotating through different departments is an essential part of HST in Paediatrics. For this reason, you will not be placed in the same unit for more than two years of clinical training, or with the same trainer for more than one year.

Your five-year Higher Specialist Training programme in General Paediatrics will incorporate the following core elements:

  • At least two years in acute General Paediatrics, in inpatient and outpatient settings, with general on-call not less than one-in-six
  • 12 months in General Paediatrics, including 3 months of Community Paediatrics
  • 12 months continuous experience in neonatal intensive care
  • Experience in assessment and treatment of children in Accident & Emergency departments
  • Experience in large teaching hospitals with academic activity
  • At least one year in a subspecialty, the preferred option being training in a number of subspecialties
  • In addition, one year can be spent in full-time research. This is optional, but encouraged.

When you complete Higher Specialist Training, you will receive a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Specialist Training (CSCST) and can practice independently as a specialist.

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