Neurosurgery (or neurological surgery) is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders which affect any portion of the nervous system including the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves , and extra-cranial cerebrovascular system. Surgery often covers the full range of neurological disorders. The two main specialist centers for Neurosurgery in Ireland are Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and Cork University Hospital, Cork.
Training Pathway for Neurosurgery
|Step 1||Step 2||Step 3||Step 4|
|Training Level||Medical School||Intern Year||Core Training in Surgery||Higher Specialist Training in Neurosurgery|
|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|
|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 Neurosurgery is administered by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.