Training Pathway

Neurosurgery


Entry Requirements

The Surgical Training Programme in Ireland is a continuous 8 year training programme. There is only one entry point into Surgical Training at ST1. There is no direct entry into the Neurosurgery (Higher) 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 entry will be based on the continuous assessment during ST1 & ST2 through the CAPA (Competency Assessment Performance Appraisal) process, successful completion of the MRCS exam and Specialty interview.

Duration & Organisation of Training

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

ST3 is entry level into Specialty Training in Neurosurgery 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.

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 Programme Director Mr Darrach Crimmins

For further information on the programme please click here

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