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New Specialist Training Programmes from RCPI

Pharmaceutical Medicine:

What is Pharmaceutical Medicine?

It is the medical specialty which encompasses the discovery, development, evaluation and licensing of medicines together with their appropriate marketing and ongoing monitoring of their safety in clinical practice (lifecycle management of medicines).

The Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training (ICHMT) is the National Training Body responsible for General Medicine in Ireland. ICHMT establishes and monitors training in the specialties under its supervision (including pharmaceutical medicine), maintains the highest quality of standards throughout the continuum of training and educational development, awards the internationally recognised Certificate for Satisfactory Completion of Satisfactory Training.

Higher Specialist Training (HST) Programme Details:

The new HST programme in Pharmaceutical Medicine commenced in July 2017. Applicants for the Higher Specialist Training (HST) programme must have completed a minimum of 2 years Basic Specialist Training (BST) in approved posts and obtained the MRCP (I) or (UK). Other entrants with appropriate higher examinations (including MICGP, MRCSI) may be considered. Applicants must also be employed in a position that is within a national regulatory agency (such as the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA)) or a Pharmaceutical Company (e.g. Pfizer), which has been approved as a designated training site for pharmaceutical medicine.

The duration of the training programme in Pharmaceutical Medicine is four years full-time specialist training. In addition, each trainee must complete a postgraduate course (diploma / MSc) in pharmaceutical medicine/drug development sciences, by the end of year three of the training programme.

Paediatric Cardiology:

What is Paediatric Cardiology?

It is the specialty concerned with diseases of the heart in the growing and developing individual. Paediatric Cardiologists investigate and treat patients with congenital or acquired heart disease, diseases of cardiac rhythm and conduction, and disturbances of cardiac and circulatory function. The specialty provides a service from foetal life through childhood into adulthood. There is close liaison with paediatrics and its sub-specialties, and with cardiothoracic surgery, adult cardiology, obstetrics, radiology and pathology.

The Faculty of Paediatrics is the National Professional and Training Body for Paediatrics in Ireland. As part of the Faculty’s Training Body responsibilities it promotes and provides education, training, study and research in the specialties of paediatrics.

Higher Specialist Training (HST) Programme Details:

The new HST programme in Paediatric Cardiology commenced in July 2017. Applicants for Higher Specialist Training (HST) in Paediatric Cardiology must have completed their Basic Specialist Training (BST) in Ireland or an equivalent and obtained the MRCPI (Paediatrics) or MRCPCH. Those who do not hold a BST certificate and MRCPI or MRCPCH must provide evidence of equivalency. Entry on the training programme is at year 1. Deferrals are not allowed on entry to Higher Specialist Training. The duration of the training programme in Paediatric Cardiology is five years full-time specialist training, (one year of General Paediatrics/Neonatology (six months each) and four years of Paediatric Cardiology).

Neonatology:

What is Neonatology?

It is the specialty that involves the treatment of new-born infants at all levels of care from healthy newborns to those who require special and intensive care. An element of counselling is also incorporated within the practice, especially with regards to parents whose foetus is at significant risk.

The Faculty of Paediatrics is the National Professional and Training Body for Paediatrics in Ireland. As part of the Faculty’s Training Body responsibilities it promotes and provides education, training, study and research in the specialties of paediatrics.

Higher Specialist Training (HST) Programme Details:

The new HST programme in Neonatology commenced in July 2017. Applications for the Higher Sub-specialty Training Programme in Neonatology will have completed Basic Specialist Training (BST) in Paediatrics and obtained the MRCPI (or MRCPCH) in Paediatrics. In addition, candidates will only be eligible for Sub-specialty Training in Neonatology after successful completion of Years 1 and 2 of the core Higher Specialist Training in General Paediatrics. Applications to the programme will only be accepted during the 2nd SpR year of General Paediatric Higher Specialist Training, for commencement in the following July or from trainees who have completed the first 2 years of General Paediatrics HST. Prior to applying to the HST programme in the Sub-specialty of Neonatology, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Be a current trainee on the Higher Specialist Training Programme in General Paediatrics 
  • Have completed 12 months of Neonatology and 12 months of General Paediatrics, including 3 months of Community Paediatrics as part of the SpR programme 
  • Success in a competitive interview process into the sub specialty

The duration of the training programme in Neonatology is three years (years 3 – 5 of HST). It is currently a mono specialty training programme, with the option of dual training being explored over the next few years.