Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery involves treating traumatic, developmental and degenerative conditions of the musculoskeletal system and also some tumours that affect bones and soft tissues. It combines medical and surgical skills with a problem solving attitude where a great many innovative techniques are constantly being developed. It often appeals to people with a mechanical frame of mind with a flair for problem solving.

As wide a range of patients imaginable are treated by orthopaedic surgeons. Paediatric orthopaedic surgery often involves correcting deformity or modulating bone and joint growth and development and means working in 4 dimensions when change in tome are factored in! Many elite athletes require orthopaedic surgery to enable them to get back to sport while facilitating the sporting endeavours of the average person is a form of preventative medicine. The ageing population means that the number of people with fragility fractures or degenerative conditions is exponentially growing. Replacing a painful joint must be one of the most rewarding procedures a doctor can perform. Finally dealing with the multiply traumatised patient is as close to the ER scenario that attracts many to medicine in the first place as you will get.

Training Pathway

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
Training Level Medical School Intern Year Core Training in Surgery Higher Specialist Training in Trauma and orthopaedic 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 Trauma and Orthopaedic surgery is administered by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

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