Cardiothoracic Surgery

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.

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