Recognition of Prior Medical Training in Ireland

Postgraduate Medical Training Bodies have the following arrangements in place to recognise prior medical training:

Anaesthesia
  • Recruitment to Anaesthesia training is conducted through the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland through a centralised appointment process only.
  • Specialist training in Anaesthesia, including Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, is a minimum six year streamlined programme.
  • As the programme is streamlined, the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland does not recognise any prior training and does not have any reciprocal arrangements with other branches of medical training.

Further information is available here:

Emergency Medicine
Recruitment to Emergency Medicine training is conducted through the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
Applications to Core Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine recognises prior training in the following specialties:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Medicine
  • Medical specialty with acute on-call
  • Orthopaedics and Trauma
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Paediatrics
  • Anaesthesia/Intensive Care Medicine

Applicants to the National Emergency Medicine Training Programme may be appointed to Years 2 or 3 of Core training depending on the nature of their recognised prior training, the availability of training posts in those years at the time of application and the applicant’s examination progress.

General Medicine

Recruitment to General Medicine is conducted through the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland through a centralised recruitment process.

  • Consideration is given on a case by case basis for those trainees who wish to transfer from other postgraduate training programmes recognised by Irish Postgraduate Medical Training Bodies in the Irish Health Care System.
  • In cases where applicants have successfully completed two years BST in General Practice, Surgery, Anaesthesia or Emergency Medicine they may enter BST General Internal Medicine at Year 2 (i.e. be given the equivalent of 12 months credit) under the provision that the training completed is relevant and corresponds with the BST General Internal Medicine Curriculum.

Further information is available here:

General Practice

Recruitment to General Practice training is conducted through the Irish College of General Practitioners through a centralised recruitment process.

    • Applicants who have successfully completed a recognised BST programme in medicine and have a CSCST, Examinations and Membership can apply for recognition of prior learning. This is a competency-based assessment process.
    • A Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) application does not automatically confer eligibility for a right to either RPL or a place on a GP Training Programme.
      In 2017, seven successful RPL applicants had a full year of training recognised and entered Year 2 of the GP training program.
    • The ICGP is also facilitating a short adaptation course for RPL Trainees, designed to equip them with the skill set to enter GP Training at a later point than their peers. Engagement with this adaptation is mandatory for applicants who have had prior learning recognised as part of this process.
    • Throughout Years 2/3/4 of GP Training, RPL Trainees will be required to attend 80% of day release.

Further information is available here:

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Recruitment to Obstetrics & Gynaecology training is conducted through the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland through a centralised recruitment process.

  • The Institute of Obstetrics & Gynaecology does not recognise any prior training and does not have any reciprocal arrangements with other branches of medical training at HST level.
  • For now a maximum of one year is recognised for those who have completed a formal BST programme in the UK, those from other countries are considered on a case by case basis with review of curriculum and documented competencies.
  • With regard to those who have completed BST in other specialties there may be some credit given depending on competencies demonstrated – again considered on a case by case basis but only up to a maximum of 6 months.
Occupational Medicine
Recruitment to Occupational Medicine training is conducted through the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland through a centralised recruitment process.

    • The Faculty of Occupational Medicine does not recognise any prior training and does not have any reciprocal arrangements with other branches of medical training.
Ophthalmology
Recruitment to Ophthalmology training is conducted through the Irish College of Ophthalmologists through a centralised recruitment process.

  • While it is not possible to recognise prior experience in other specialties as equivalent to training in Ophthalmology, prior experience is recognised and scored during the selection shortlisting process.
Paediatrics
Recruitment to Paediatrics training is conducted through the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland through a centralised recruitment process.

  • The Faculty of Paediatrics does not recognise any prior training and does not have any reciprocal arrangements with other branches of medical training.
  • Paediatric training completed in other jurisdictions may be considered on a case by case basis.
Pathology
Recruitment to Pathology training is conducted through the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland through a centralised recruitment process.

  • The Faculty of Pathology does not recognise any prior training and does not have any reciprocal arrangements with other branches of medical training.
Psychiatry

Recruitment to Psychiatry training in conducted through the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland through a centralised recruitment process.

    • The BST programme in Psychiatry runs for 4 years and therefore will consist of eight, six-month clinical attachments.
      If a Trainee has previous training experience (in any medical specialty) and/or can demonstrate learning outcome attainment, Basic Specialist Training may be accelerated by one year (generally in two steps of 6 months each), subject to approval.
    • The minimum duration of BST is 36 months to include annual leave and educational leave.

Further information is available here:

Public Health

Recruitment to HST in PHM is conducted through the RCPI through a centralised recruitment process. Prior experience is taken into account during the selection short-listing process, and at interview. The minimum duration of training is four years.

The Faculty of Public Health Medicine may recognise prior learning during HST in PHM on a certified scheme in the UK or elsewhere, with a maximum of one year’s recognition in general. Successful candidates with greater than one year PHM HST abroad, with or without appropriate BST equivalence, may apply prospectively (prior to commencing training in Ireland) for recognition, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

PHM does not operate any reciprocal arrangements with other branches of medicine at HST level.

Radiology
Recruitment to Radiology training is conducted through the Faculty of Radiologists of Ireland through a centralised recruitment process.

  • While it is not possible to recognise prior experience in other specialties as equivalent to training in Radiology, prior experience is recognised and scored during the selection shortlisting process.
Surgery

Recruitment to training in Surgery is conducted through the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland through a centralised recruitment process.

  • The National Surgical Training Programme does not recognise any prior training and does not have any reciprocal arrangements with other branches of medical training.