Missed the UKFPO deadline? Consider Ireland!

Though the FY1 is an excellent opportunity for doctors to start their medical training in the UK, there is no guarantee that one will pass all the check points.

For those doctors who unfortunately missed the UKFPO deadline(s), Ireland offers an exciting opportunity for a 1 year internship.

Internship in Ireland

The organisation that deals with these posts is called the Health Service Executive (HSE) National Recruitment Service.

In 2017 there are in excess of 727 intern training posts in 36 acute hospitals. This includes all/most the specialities including psychiatric hospitals and eleven general practices.

“Intern training is for a minimum of 12 months which encompasses a minimum of three months in General Surgery, plus three months in General Medicine.” according to the website.

To apply for an Internship in Ireland, you will need to apply for eligibility prior to the deadline (which in 2017 was in early November).

Candidates who are eligible are the following according to the website for the 2018 program.

“Who can Apply? (Page 6)

  • Be a graduate / final year student (of whatever nationality) of a Medical School in one of the following EEA countries:
    • Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Lithuania, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Iceland
  • or
  • Be a graduate / final year student (of whatever nationality) in the following Medical School:  RCSI Penang Medical College, Malaysia
  • and
  • Your centile, based on your overall degree award OR overall exams, must be available and provided to HBS Recruit by the Dean/ Head of your Medical School on or before 5pm Monday 21st May 2018
  • and
  • Applicants must have graduated* on or after 1st April 2016 and on or before 15th June 2018″

The Irish Internship program starts on 9th July 2018 and a candidate must pass 2 Stages.

  • Stage 1 is open between October and November and aimed to assess a candidates eligibility.
    • The outcome of the eligibility was announced on 1st of December 2017.
    • The candidates will then be required to clear 2 exams. One theory exam in December / January. Then a 2-3 hour OSCE exam in January/February.
  • Stage 2 becomes available in February after one completes stage 1 (eligibility process).

Their website can be found here.

Further information here.

And information on the Medical Council of Ireland here.

IMG guide to the process and great reading material can be found here.