Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery

Plastic Surgery is named from the Greek plastos meaning to change.  Plastic Surgeons change and save lives by utilising their skill in reconstructive surgery. Our skills are required in many areas ranging from skin cancer to head and neck cancer and the excision and reconstruction of both. Some specialise in hand surgery, others in breast reconstruction surgery, post bariatric reconstruction and burn surgery

Our Paediatric colleagues specialise in many areas ranging from cleft lip / palate to ear reconstruction and congenital hand anomalies. We pride ourselves in our role as innovators at the interface between multiple surgical specialities as personified by Dr Joseph Murray, a Plastic Surgeon who was the first surgeon to win the Nobel Prize for Medicine. With new developments in hand and face transplants, Plastic Surgery remains at the forefront of surgical innovation.

The Specialty has developed the Plastic Surgery National Teaching Programme which focuses on delivering key topics from the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme (ISCP). The Specialty has  robust yearly assessment protocols to ensure quality of training. Each specialty trainee maintains a training portfolio to present at their yearly assessment. This training portfolio forms the trainee’s cumulative record. All trainees who have successfully completed training & their Fellowship exam will be awarded a Certificate of Completion of Surgical Training (CCST).

Specialist trainees often complete fellowships in the latter years of training in locations such as Toronto, Miami, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, and Taiwan.

Training Pathway

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
Training Level Medical School Intern Year Core Training in Surgery Higher Specialist Training in Plastic Surgery
Duration 4-5 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 Plastic Surgery is administered by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

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