Higher Speciality Training Programme (RCPI)
The Higher Specialist Training scheme in Cardiology is accredited through the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.
It is a six year programme comprising three years of general cardiology training in Ireland and one year of high intensity general internal medicine. These four years are followed by two years of sub-speciality training overseas to achieve advanced clinical experience in high volume centres.
Following satisfactory completion of these 6 years (four plus 2), participants receive a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Specialist Training (CSCST), which enable them to apply for an accredited consultancy position. The standard of Irish training is well-regarded world-wide.
Candidates are required to complete a European knowledge-based assessment in cardiology during their third year of training, the European Examination in General Cardiology.
The ESC Core Curriculum for the Cardiologist lists the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are expected to have been attained by the end of training and delineates what level of proficiency is expected in practical skills.
Training days are held in co-ordination with the Irish Board for Training in Cardiovascular Medicine and the Irish Cardiac Society with the Irish trainee representative group, the Cardiologists of Tomorrow.
The Irish Cardiac Society is linked with the European Society of Cardiology, which provides educational resources to European trainees through its online e learning platform, e-courses, galleries, guideline documents and congresses. The ESC also offers funding and grants to support training opportunities in other EU countries, through clinical fellowships, observorships or post-graduate courses through the European Heart Academy.