Cardiothoracic Surgery involves the surgical treatment of diseases affecting organs inside the thorax generally treatment of conditions of the heart and lungs. Cardiothoracic surgeons will also undertake training in the management of chest wall and oesophageal pathologies.
Training Pathway in Cardiothoracic Surgery
|Step 1||Step 2||Step 3||Step 4|
|Training Level||Medical School||Intern Year||Core Training in Surgery||Higher Specialist Training in Cardiothoracic Surgery|
|Duration||4-6 years||1 year||2 years||6 years|
|Entry Process||Graduate or direct entry||Entry through the HSE Intern Match||Entry based on competitive interview||Entry based on on-going assessment (CAPA), successful completion of the MRCS exam and Specialty Interview|
|Mandatory Examinations||As per curriculum||N/A||MRCS Exam||FRCS-C-Th examination|
|Application Date||CAO process opens in November||Application process opens in October||Application process opens in November|
|Programme Operated by:||Undergraduate Universities||Intern Networks||RCSI||RCSI|
The Higher Specialist Training Programme in Cardiothoracic surgery is administered by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.