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

Basic Specialty Training

Applications for the Basic Specialty Programme for July 2014 are now closed.

All applicants must:

  • hold the award of the Certificate of Completion of Basic Surgical Training (CCBST)
  • be eligible for Registration in the Trainee Division of the Irish Medical Council. Please click here for a copy of the Guidance Document
  • have the ability to communication clearly with patients and colleagues. Please click here for a copy of the English Language Requirements document which clearly outlines the documentation which must be submitted with the application.
  • 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.

Please note there will be a limited number of posts available on this programme.

The third year of Basic Surgical Training is Basic Specialty Training. This is intended to give trainees an introduction 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 a "Junior Registrar" level although, in some specialties, certain "Senior SHO" posts may be suitable. In many specialties, the posts have been drawn from the cohort of posts previously in the Irish Surgical Residency Programme. The training content of the Basic Specialty Training year will be mapped to the appropriate year of the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme.

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

Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to email: or contact the relevant administrator