Core Specialist Training (CSTEM)


Core Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine (CSTEM) is a three-year programme consisting of a series of relevant posts at non-consultant hospital doctor (NCHD) level that lay the professional groundwork for subsequent specialisation.

CSTEM rotations are pre-defined and, where possible, are based in a single hospital or region.

Doctors are eligible to apply for entry to CSTEM during, or after, satisfactory completion of their intern year.

The training you receive in CSTEM is based on the Royal College of Emergency Medicine curriculum and is delivered via:

  • 'Shop floor' training supervised by consultant trainers
  • Local education programmes in each emergency department     
  • CSTEM workshops in RCSI
  • Human factors training in RCSI
  • Life support courses (mandatory for progression to ASTEM)
  • Regular educational meetings of the trainee section of the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM). These meetings include educationally focused lectures and also provide you with an opportunity to present research or audit projects
  • Attendance at the IAEM Annual Scientific Meeting is also encouraged.