is the branch of medicine which is concerned with the understanding, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.  These disorders relate to the brain and the mind, the person and their mental illness; how mental illness affects not just the person in their life, but sometimes who they are as a person; how to differentiate normal life stresses, distresses and difficulties from mental illness and how to understand the interactions between them and how we treat the person and their illness and/or their distress.  Psychiatry is one of the most varied, interesting and rewarding specialties in medicine. Every day can be different and every patient seen is unique.  Psychiatrists work in a number of settings including hospitals, research centres, universities, people’s own homes, day centres, residential centres and prisons.

Training  Pathway

Training  in  psychiatry  is  divided  between  basic  and  higher  specialist  training.  There  are  learning outcomes  for  each  year.  A  learning  outcome  defines  what  a  trainee  can  do  after  a  learning

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Training Level Medical School Intern Year Foundation Year Basic Specialty Training in Psychiatry Higher Specialist Training
Duration 4-6 years 1 year 1 year 2-3 years 3 years
Entry Process Graduate or direct entry Entry through the HSE Intern Match Entry through competitive interview Entry based on successful completion of foundation year Entry based on successful completion of Basic Specialty Training
Application Date CAO process opens in November Application process opens in October  Application process opens in November Application process opens in November Application process opens in November
Programme Operated by: Undergraduate Universities Intern Networks  College of Psychiatrists College of Psychiatrists College of Psychiatrists

Basic  training  consists  of  an  initial  Foundation  Year  (FY)  and  usually  another  three  years  of  Basic Specialist Training (BST). If a trainee has previous training experience and can demonstrate learning outcome  attainment,  basic  specialist  training  may  be  accelerated  by  one  year,  subject  to  the approval of an Annual Review of Progress Panel.

Completion of BST will result in the award of a Certificate of Completion of Basic Specialist Training (CCBST).

BST  gives  trainees  experience  across  the  life  span.

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Following BST the trainee  selects  further training at higher specialist level in one of the four specialties: