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General and Emergency Surgery


How to apply

There are two entry routes to Specialty Training in RCSI:

Direct progression from CST 

or

Equivalent standards route (ESR) – this route applies for trainees who are unsuccessful at progressing direct from CST; may have previously undertaken the CST programme; or may have completed equivalent training elsewhere.

Applications for Specialty Training (ST3 – ST8) commencing in July 2020 are now closed. Applications for July 2021 will open in October 2020.

If you have completed the RCSI CST/BST programme please use the guidance document and application forms below for your application:

ESR guidance document and application forms - RCSI DOCX | 323.6 KB

If you have completed equivalent training elsewhere, please read and apply using the following guidance document and application forms:

ESR guidance document and application forms - external DOCX | 326.4 KB Trainee Assessment Report PDF | 250.9 KB

Please note

  • Each surgical specialty is involved in the pre-scoring of applications and may undertake a shortlisting of applicants prior to interview.
  • As there are a limited number of places in Specialty Training programmes, entry is competitive.
  • RCSI works in collaboration with the HSE/NDTP to determine appointment numbers – this is subject to change year-on-year.
  • All applicants should familiarise themselves with the HSE's English language requirements information, guidance on the allocation of places and the guidance on eligibility documentation in advance of completing their application. 

We encourage you to familiarise yourself with the Trainee Progression Data which includes information around the progression of trainees from each stage of training – particularly for their appointment onto the CST programme and progression to specialty training.

Trainee Progression Data 2019 PDF | 1649.1 KB