General surgery as itself is not truly a specialty in Ireland. It has been replaced by general surgeons with a special interest in additional specialities which would include colorectal surgery, upper gastrointestinal surgery, breast and endocrine surgery, and hepatobiliary and transplant surgery.
All specialty surgeons have experience in basic general surgery and take part in the general surgical on call rota.
Training Pathway for General Surgery
|Step 1||Step 2||Step 3||Step 4|
|Training Level||Medical School||Intern Year||Core Training in Surgery||Higher Specialist Training in General 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||FRSC|
|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 General surgery is administered by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.