The training pathway to becoming a general and emergency surgeon in Ireland commences at Core Surgical Training (ST1) and completes at Specialty Training (ST8).
Within these eight years of training, you will undergo two years of CST in ST1 and ST2 – core training is undertaken by all surgical trainees, irrespective of their future specialty aspiration, and aims to introduce all trainees to the principles of surgery in general and give them the knowledge, skills and attitudes required in preparation for Specialty Training (ST3 - ST8).
Throughout these initial two years, you will be assessed via the Competency Assessment and Performance Appraisal (CAPA) process.
ST3 is entry-level into (higher) Specialty Training which completes at ST8. This is based on on-going CAPA, successful completion of the Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (MRCS) exam and a specialty interview (ST3 - ST8).