Basic Specialist Training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Paediatrics at RCPI


Completion of BST in Obstetrics and Gynaecology is the first step towards becoming a Obstetrician/Gynaecologist in Ireland.

It is an essential entry requirement for Higher Specialist Training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.


Basic Specialist Training (BST) in Obstetrics and Gynaecology is a three-year programme.

The first two years of BST in Obstetrics and Gynaecology are spent in Senior House Officer (SHO) posts. You will be placed in a two-year rotation.

Your third year will be spent in a Junior Registrar post. There is a competitive interview process for Registrar posts midway through second year.

Your training will incorporate the following core elements:

  • The combination of posts ensures a broad exposure to Obstetrics and Gynaecology over the three years
  • Not more than six months is spent in any one SHO post
  • There is an on-call commitment in Obstetrics, Gynaecology or combined Obstetrics and Gynaecology for the full three years
  • The third year is spent in a Junior Registrar post

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

Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Five hubs to choose from

There are five training hubs in BST in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, which you will rank in order of preference during the application process:

  • Rotunda (including Our Lady of Lourdes, Beaumont, and Cavan)
  • National Maternity Hospital (including St Luke's Kilkenny, Wexford, and Mater Misericordiae)
  • Coombe (including St James’s, Mullingar, Tallaght, and Portlaoise)
  • Cork University Maternity Hospital (including Tralee, Waterford, and Limerick)
  • Galway/Limerick (including Letterkenny, Mayo, Portiuncula and Sligo)

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 Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

To help you develop essential technical and surgical skills, you will complete a hands-on two-day basic practical skills course and a Certificate in Basic Ultrasound.

You are also required to attend a number of other 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.

Two trainee Doctors.
Facts about bst in obstetrics and gynaecology
Duration Three years
Job title/grade of doctor Senior House Officer (SHO) in years 1 and 2, Registrar in year 3
Sample rotation breakdown In years 1 and 2 Trainees rotate to a new SHO post in Obstetrics and Gynaecology every six months. Year 3 is spent in one Registrar post
Average intake each year 20 - 25
Exams to pass Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) examination in Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Mandatory educational courses to be completed as part of BST • BST Leadership in Clinical Practice
• Ethics, Prescribing Skills and Blood Transfusion
• Family Planning
• Certificate in Basic Ultrasound for Obstetrics and Gynaecology
• Basic Practical Skills in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
• PROMPT or ALSO or MOET (in main teaching hospitals)
• Health Research Methods – An Introduction
• O&G Practical Scenarios Modules (7 online modules)
• Infection control
Training body Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

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