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 closed.   

The Basic Specialty Training Programme is intended to give trainees 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  


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. 



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