Training Pathway

General Surgery


The training pathway to becoming a General Surgeon in Ireland commences at Core Surgical Training ST1 and completes at Specialty Training ST8. Within these 8 years of training a trainee will undergo Core Surgical Training in ST1 & ST2.

Core Training is a common trunk of training which is undertaken by all surgical trainees, irrespective of their future specialty aspiration. It is intended to introduce trainees to the principles of surgery in general and give them the knowledge, skills and attitudes which are required by all surgical specialties in preparation for Specialty Training (ST3- ST8).

Entry Requirements

There is only one entry point into Surgical Training at ST1. There is no direct entry into the General Surgery Specialist Training Programme (ST3).

Those trainees on core training will compete to progress to ST3 in their selected specialty towards the end of ST2.

ST3 is entry level into Specialty Training in General Surgery which completes at ST8 . This based on continuous assessment during ST1 & ST2 through the CAPA (Competency Assessment Performance Appraisal) process, successful completion of the MRCS exam and Specialty interview.

Duration and Organisation of Training

The training pathway to becoming a General Surgeon in Ireland commences at Core Surgical Training ST1 and completes at Specialty Training ST8.

The General Surgery training programme has a defined curriculum that trainees need to complete. Biannual assessments, training courses, wet labs and modalities such as the Intercollegiate Surgical Training Programme (www.iscp.ac.uk) are used to track progression throughout ST3 – ST8.

Trainees need to complete the curriculum and the FRCS examination in order to achieve a Certificate of Completion of Surgical Training (CCST). Without the fellowship exam (FRCS) a trainee cannot receive their Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) which forms a part of the eligibility criteria for registration with the Irish Medical Council.

For further details please contact Ms Ann Brannigan Programme Director

For further information on the programme click here

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