Why Choose RCPI?

Doctor reading patient notes.

We will help you reach your full potential

You know that being a great doctor requires more than clinical competence.

Our training programmes will help you develop the communication, management and interpersonal skills essential for providing excellent patient care, along with expert training on ethics, specially tailored for individual specialties.

We understand it’s important to care for the caregivers and we are committed to supporting the wellbeing of our Trainees, every step of the way.

When you are accepted onto one of our training programmes, you can be sure your training is monitored and delivered to the highest standard possible.

Trainee studying.

What You Get When You Train with Us

In addition to providing quality-assured, curriculum-based training with some of Ireland’s leading specialists, we offer a wide range of benefits, services and support to all those who are accepted onto our training programmes.

We provide support and guidance on targets, procedures, courses, assessments and all matters relevant to your training.

We conduct our affairs transparently and impartially in the best interests of education and training standards.

We protect the best interests of Trainees in our dealings with the Government and other stakeholders.

Benefits and services that we are pleased to offer Trainees include:

  • Free online access to BMJ Journals, the Lancet Online and our ejournal club for Trainees
  • A free four-month subscription to a BMJ OnExamination package
  • A wide range of discounts on travel, computers, insurance, medical equipment, entertainment, sports and fitness, financial products, and lots more through our group affinity scheme
  • A free Student Leap Card, which will get you discounts with Irish Rail, Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann, Dart and Luas services
  • Free attendance at many of our courses and events, including Masterclasses, all of your mandatory courses, and our annual National Education Day for Doctors in Training


Download our 2020 Postgraduate Training Opportunities Brochure

Training programmes in 29 specialties

Our training programmes are accredited by the Medical Council of Ireland and can lead to great careers in 29 specialties:

Internal Medicine, including Cardiology
Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Clinical Genetics
Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus
General Internal Medicine
Genitourinary Medicine
Geriatric Medicine
Infectious Diseases
Medical Oncology
Palliative Medicine
Pharmaceutical Medicine
Rehabilitation Medicine
Respiratory Medicine
Occupational Medicine
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Pathology, including
Chemical Pathology
Clinical Microbiology
Paediatrics, including General Paediatrics
Paediatric Cardiology
Public Health Medicine
Trainees examining x-ray.

Our Role in Postgraduate Specialist Training

We house six of the 13 postgraduate specialist training bodies in Ireland:

  1. Institute of Medicine
  2. Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  3. Faculty of Occupational Medicine
  4. Faculty of Pathology
  5. Faculty of Paediatrics
  6. Faculty of Public Health Medicine

Although we have six separate training bodies on site, we operate as a single organisation and are committed to delivering postgraduate specialist training to over 1,200 doctors in 29 specialties.

Training takes place in structured rotations on hospital sites across Ireland, and is supported by our experienced network of local trainers, Programme Directors and National Specialty Directors.

We work closely with the Medical Education and Training Unit in the Health Service Executive (HSE) to ensure that your training is delivered to the highest standards on hospital sites.

Contact helpdesk@rcpi.ie if you have questions about Basic or Higher Specialist training.

Contact TaimseTracey@rcpi.ie if you have questions about our International Clinical Fellowship Programme.