Clinical Microbiology deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human diseases caused by microorganisms including bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses. It includes the study of microbial pathogenesis and epidemiology and is related to the study of disease pathology and immunology. It is a specialty that encompasses both the laboratory diagnostic aspects and prevention and clinical management of microbial diseases.
|Step 1||Step 2||Step 3||Step 4|
|Training Level||Medical School||Intern Year||Basic Specialty Training in Medicine||Higher Specialist Training in Clinical Microbiology|
|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 Clinical Microbiology is administered by the Faculty of Pathology, RCPI.