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Applying to ST3 - ST8

Specialist Training (ST3 - ST8)

Applications to Specialist Training will open on the 26th October 2018 and close on the 7th December 2018.

All applicants will be assessed against each other for a limited number of reserve places.

Each Surgical Specialty will be involved in the pre-scoring of these applications and may undertake a shortlisting of applicants prior to interview.

As there are a limited number of places in specialty programmes, entry to each Specialty is competitive. RCSI works in collaboration with the HSE/NDTP, to determine appointment numbers. This is subject to change year on year.     

Applicants for each route should familiarise themselves with the following documents in advance of completing their application;

  • Allocation of places 2019
  • English Language Requirements 
  • Eligibility for the Trainee Specialist Division 2019

    Application routes to Specialist Training in the Surgical Specialties are broken down as follows:

    • Equivalent Standards Route (ESR) - Generic
    • Equivalent Standards Route (ESR) - RCSI 
    • Equivalent Standards Route (Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery)
    • Ophthalmic Surgery

    Please read below for futher details on each route and the application route most suited to you.


    Equivalent Standards Route (ESR)- Generic (for those who have not undertaken a RCSI Core or Basic Surgical Training Programme previously)


    Equivalent Standards Route (ESR) - RCSI  (for Applicants who have previously undertaken and successfully completed an RCSI Core or Basic Surgical Training Programme)


    Equivalent Standards Route ( Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery)


    Ophthalmic Surgery Applicants only

  • Ophthalmic Surgery Guidelines  
  • Application Form  
  • Referee Form
  • Trainer Assessment Form  

    Pathway Applications - Progressing ST2 to ST3

    Applications to Specialty Training in all specialties will also remain open for applicants who are due to successfully complete and progress from the RCSI Core Surgical Training Programme. Please see here for information about Core Surgical Training.   

    Application deadline: 5pm on Friday 7th December 2018 

    For information regarding the intake to Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine please see here