Chemical Pathology – Higher Speciality Training Programme

The Higher Specialist Training Programme in Chemical Pathology is administered by the Faculty of Pathology, RCPI.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for Higher Specialist Training (HST) in Chemical Pathology must:


a) Have spent a minimum of one year in approved Chemical Pathology SHO/Registrar posts in which they have completed the first year of the Core Training Programme in Chemical Pathology. Furthermore, it is recommended that all candidates for HST in the Specialty should have some post registration training in General Medicine including experience in
endocrinology, diabetes and metabolic diseases.


b) Applicants for Higher Specialist Training (HST) in Chemical Pathology must have completed a minimum of two years Basic Specialist Training (BST) in General Internal Medicine in
approved posts and obtained the MRCPI or (UK*), or MRCPCH.

Duration & Organisation of Training

Training is undertaken in posts in departments which are educationally approved by the Faculty of Pathology (RCPI), the Royal College of Pathologists and the ICHST.

The minimum duration of HST in Chemical Pathology is 5 years, which can include 1 year in an approved post in Chemical Pathology completed prior to appointment at SpR grade.

Candidates who have experience in approved chemical pathology posts prior to appointment to this scheme may count time spent in such posts towards the Core Training Programme for HST.

HST in Chemical Pathology will provide experience in several teaching hospitals or other major centres with academic activity, or regional hospitals


During the training programme trainees are required to obtain the
the Royal College of Pathologist’s FRCPath Part 1 and 2 Part 2 examinations.

The Part 1 FRCPath Part 1 and 2 examinations is normally taken after a minimum of three years’ training of which two years should be in HST. The Part 2 is taken after a minimum of five years recognised training including four years of HST.

The posts within the programme will have named consultant Trainers. In addition, one consultant will act as a Programme Director, who will coordinate the training and report to the National Specialty Director appointed by the ICHST.

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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