Basic Specialist Training in General Paediatrics

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Basic Specialist Training (BST) in General Paediatrics is a two-year programme completed in Senior House Officer (SHO) posts.

Completion of BST in General Paediatrics is the first step towards becoming a Paediatrician in Ireland.

It is an essential entry requirement for Higher Specialist Training in Paediatrics.


You will be placed on a two-year rotation so you will know in advance what posts you will be working in

Your rotation will incorporate the following core elements:  

  • At least six months in General Paediatrics
  • Six months in Neonatology
  • Experience in Community Paediatrics, Paediatric Emergency Medicine or another paediatric subspecialty (i.e. Cardiology, Gastroenterology) may be included
  • Not more than six months will be spent in any one subspecialty

Information about what to include in your application can be found on our About Basic Specialist Training page.

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Doctor attends to neonate

What You Need to Do in Addition to Clinical Training

In addition to supervised clinical training in the hospital, you are required to pass the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) examination in Paediatrics.

You are also required to attend a number of mandatory courses, listed below, that will help you to develop professionally and acquire the non-clinical skills and knowledge needed to provide excellent patient care.

Study days are held throughout the year and you will be required to attend at least 10 over the course of your BST.

facts about bst in General paediatrics
Duration Two years
Job title/grade of doctor Senior House Officer (SHO)
Sample rotation breakdown Year 1
July - January General Paediatrics
January - July Neonatology

Year 2
July - January Emergency Paediatrics
January - July Paediatric Cardiology
Average intake each year 35 - 40
Exams to pass Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) examination in Paediatrics
Mandatory educational courses to be completed as part of BST • BST Leadership in Clinical Practice
• Ethics, Prescribing Skills and Blood Transfusion
• Child Protection
• Infection control
• Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS)
• Neonatal Resuscitation Programme (NRP)
Training body Faculty of Paediatrics

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