General Surgery

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 It has been replaced by general surgeons with a special interest in additional specialities which would include colorectal surgery, upper gastrointestinal surgery, breast and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.

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