Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Basic Specialty Training

Applications for the Basic Specialty Programme for July 2015 are now open.  Please click here for a copy of the Application form and Reference form.  Closing date for submission is Friday 27th February 2015.

All applicants must:

  • hold the award of the Certificate of Completion of Basic Surgical Training (CCBST), or have been on the RCSI BST Programme from 2009
  • be eligible for Registration in the Trainee Division of the Irish Medical Council.  Please click here for a copy of the Guidance Document

Applicants are expected to be truthful and honest in their application.  submission of false or misleading information will be regarded as a form of professional misconduct, this will lead to disqualification and the candidate may be reported to the Irish Medical Council.

The Basic Specialty Training Programme is intended to give traines an introducation to the specialty in which they ultimately intend to practice.  The Basic Specialty year could consist of one rotation of 12 months, or 2 rotations of 6 months each.  The posts will usually be at at "Junior Registrar" level although, in some specialties, certain "Senior SHO" posts may be suitable.  Trainees will be expected to attend mandatory education training days in Operative Surgical Skills and Human Factors in Patient Safety.  

The Basic Specialty Programme is broken down into the following specialities:

General Surgery Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery
Plastic / Reconstructive Surgery Urology
Otolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery Cardiothoracic Surgery
Neurosurgery Paediatric Surgery