Urology is a surgical specialty that deals with the treatment of conditions involving the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs. Specialists in the field of urology are called urologists, healthcare professionals who are trained to diagnose, detect and treat this group of disorders and diseases

Traditionally Urology has had a smaller number of trainees compared to other specialities with training concentrated to 8 hospitals in Ireland. One of the major benefits of urology training in Ireland is that a trainee will rotate through at least 4 of the 8 major academic urology units during the scheme.

As a Urology Trainee on a specialist scheme one gets the opportunity to not only learn core urology procedures but to also gain experience in the various urology sub-specialities from experienced trainers. With an excellent annual meeting nationally, trainees have the opportunity to present original research. Research projects from Irish urology departments are also routinely presented at international meetings such as the European Association of Urology as well as the American Association of Urology. Publications from Irish trainees in major impact factor Urology journals are also not uncommon.

Training Pathway

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

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