Histopathology – Basic Specialty Training

A Basic Specialist Training programme is offered in Histopathology by the Faculty of Pathology, RCPI.

There are no Basic Specialist Training programmes in Chemical Pathology, Clinical Microbiology, Haematology or Immunology. If you want to train in one of these specialties you will need to complete Basic Specialist Training in General Internal Medicine before you can enter Higher Specialist Training

Basic Specialist Training in Histopathology

Basic Specialist Training (BST) in Histopathology is a two-year programme of supervised clinical training in Senior House Officer (SHO) 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 over the next two years. Your rotation will incorporate 24 months in pure Histopathology.

In addition to supervised clinical training in the hospital, you are 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. You are not required to pass any exams during BST in Histopathology. Entry to BST is competitive. The RCPI manages a national recruitment to BST in Histopathology every year.

Facts about BST in Histopathology

Duration Two years
Job title/grade of doctor Senior House Officer (SHO)
Sample rotation breakdown Trainees may rotate to a new SHO post in Histopathology every six months
Average intake each year 9 – 14
Exams to pass None
Mandatory educational courses to be completed as part of BST
  • BST Leadership in Clinical Practice
  • Ethics, Prescribing Skills and Blood Transfusion
  • Infection control
  • Introduction to laboratory management
  • Health and safety
Training body Faculty of Pathology
When to apply December each year

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