Haematology is the study of blood and the blood-forming organs, and the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the production of blood and its components, such as blood cells, hemoglobin, blood proteins, vascular systems and the mechanism of coagulation.

Haematology encompasses both clinical and laboratory aspects. Registration as a specialist in Haematology requires satisfactory completion of training in both clinical and laboratory components.

Training Pathway

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
Training Level Medical School Intern Year Basic Specialty Training in Medicine Higher Specialist Training in Haemology
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 FRCPATH
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

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

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