Training Pathway

Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery

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 Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery 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 is entry level into Specialty Training in Trauma & Orthopaedic 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 & Organisation of Training

The training pathway to becoming a Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon in Ireland commences at Core Surgical Training ST1 and completes at Higher 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 specialities in preparation for Higher Specialty Training (ST3- ST8) .

Entry to Specialty Training is at ST3 and completes at ST8. Entry  is based on on-going progression assessment (CAPA), successful completion of the MRCS exam and specialty interview (ST3-ST8).

The Trauma & Orthopaedic 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 ( 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). Awarding of CCST deems eligibility for registration with Irish Medical Council.

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