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Are you thinking about a career in General Practice?

This is the dedicated website for all those considering a career in General Practice.

Here, you will find out…

Here, you can…

  • Learn what trainees say about the training programme.
  • Hear what it’s like to train in a rural practice.
  • Find out about the experiences of doctors training in urban Dublin.
  • Learn how the ICGP programme combines experience in top class hospitals, with hands-on experience in real-life practices.

Here, you will learn…

  • Why young doctors have chosen General Practice.
  • How the ICGP training scheme offers you continuity and choice.
  • How the four-year programme provides unique day release teaching and the opportunity to liaise with your colleagues.
  • How General Practice offers you a rewarding and fulfilling career, with you in control.

General Practice offers you a rewarding and fulfilling career, a life with you in control, with vast opportunities to specialise in the area of medicine you want to follow. A life with the support of your colleagues, and the time to spend with your family and friends.

It’s never been a better time to become a GP in Ireland.  GPs have even more scope to specialise, expand and define their role in the community and at the heart of the Irish healthcare services.

#Why Be a GP?

Make a Real Difference

Be a GP and make a genuine difference to the lives of people and communities.

Watch your patients grow and recover, adapt and change.

Be part of a team that makes a difference to an individual by listening, helping and being passionate about their care and their lives.

Enjoy the diversity.

Be a listener.

Be a problem-solver.

Enjoy a Balanced

Be a GP and control your hours, define your day.

Protect your time to learn and work to live, not live to work.

Enjoy a life with independence and flexibility.

Have a family-centred lifestyle, in the heart of your community.

Be a Generalist and a Specialist

Be a GP and be a diagnostic powerhouse, challenged by every patient who walks through your door.

In any one day, diagnose a wide variety of conditions, from heart disease to depression, minor surgery and paediatrics – helping patients with all medical presentations.

Never stop learning, with CME, supportive professional networks and opportunities to develop special interests.

Are you thinking about a career in General Practice?
Wondering what it would be like to be a GP in urban or rural Ireland?
Want to know more about the 4-year training programme?
#Get In Touch

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Contact Us to…

  • Let you know when the Application Process opens.
  • Receive information about the ICGP’s Application & Information Session
  • Receive information on the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.
The ICGP, 4/5 Lincoln Place,
Dublin 2, Ireland
#Key Dates

Medical Careers Day – 5th October

GP Trainee Recruitment 2020 Online Application opens – 14th October – click here.

ICGP Application & Information Day, Convention Centre Dublin – 2nd November 

GP Trainee Recruitment 2020 Online Application Closes – 14th November (pm)

Online notification of applicants called to interview – 13th December (pm)

Regional Interviews (locations TBC) – 12th February 2020

Round 1 Offers – 26th February 2020

Round 2 Offers – 5th March 2020

Round 3 Offers – 11th March 2020

(Offers will continue past this date until all places are filled)

How can I train to be a GP in Ireland?
The Irish College of General Practitioners ( is the professional and training body for Irish general practice. The College (ICGP) runs the four-year specialist training programme for General Practice. Two years are spent primarily in a hospital setting, and years three and four are spent in supervised general practice.
How can I find out more information on GP Training in Ireland?

The ICGP will hold a free information session in the Convention Center Dublin on the 2nd of November.  If you wish to find out more, click here.  Doctors attending this session will get a chance to meet representatives from the various training schemes and get advice on completing the online application form and the 2020 process.

What are the dates for the application process?

The online application for GP trainee recruitment 2020 will open on on 14th October and will close on 14th November.

Applicants are encouraged to attend the application & information session that will be held in Convention Centre Dublin on the 2nd of November.

How does the application process work?

There is an online application process for GP training. The link for this can be found on the ICGP website  Only applications submitted online will be considered.

  • Applications are checked to ensure all required supporting documentation is provided and for confirmation of eligibility for the trainee specialist register and of meeting the HSE English language competency criteria.
  • Applications are shortlisted by representatives from the 14 GP training schemes.
  • Applicants that do not meet the eligibility criteria or the minimum shortlisting mark (i.e. less than 5 in Professional Development) will not be invited to interview.
  • Applicants are advised on the status of their application, online on 13 December.
  • Applicants called to interview will receive specific details of the interview, time & location in mid- January
  • All applicants will be assessed on the same competencies at interview.
  • Following interview, the application score and interview score are combined to determine the applicants overall score. Applicants that are not determined eligible for appointment at interview are also identified.
  • Applicants are matched to scheme based on their ranking and scheme preference (as made on the online application). ICGP have to take in account HSE policy with regard to allocation of places
  • Online notification of applicants status will be issued on 26 February, i.e. applicants will find out if:
    •  A round 1 training offer is made

    • Interview was successful but no round 1 offer made, this applicant may receive an offer in round 2 or subsequent rounds

    • Deemed unappointable in 2020 following interview

What documents do I need to submit with my application?

There are quite a number of documents required for the application process.

In advance of applying and to reduce any stress we suggest you consider collating the documents ahead of time, the list of documents required includes:

  • Evidence of eligibility for the trainee specialist register with the Irish Medical Council
  • Evidence of meeting HSE English language competency requirements (
  • Medical Council Registration Certificate
  • Current Certificate of Registration with competent authority if not registered with the Irish Medical Council
  • Passport sized photo
  • A colour scanned copy of passport
  • Transcript of exam results from university/medical school
  • Membership/Fellowship Certificates
  • Degrees/Diplomas

A full list of documents and declarations is available HERE.

Who is eligible to apply for the 2020 scheme?

Doctors that can provide evidence at application stage of meeting the criteria for trainee specialist registration with the IMC and the HSE English language requirements are eligible to apply for gp training. Full details of the 2020 criteria are available on

Where are the training schemes based and what GP practices are involved?

There are currently 14 GP training schemes in Ireland. They are based throughout the country.

The 14 schemes are as follows (alphabetical order)

Can I choose where I will complete my training?
At the time of application you will be asked to rank your preferred location.  Applicants are only asked to select the training scheme they are genuinely interested in.
Can I get credit if I have completed Basic Specialist Training in another training body?

Applicants that have successfully completed BST in Medicine or Paediatrics from the RCPI and who have successful completed MRCPI examinations (Part I & Part II), at time of application can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning.

Successful applicants for RPL Medicine will have training shortened from 4 years to 3 years.

Successful applicants for RPL Paediatrics will have training shortened from 4 years to 3.5 or 3.8 years (depending on the  training scheme). Please note, the length of exemption is defined by the length of pediatric rotation usually offered by individual schemes.

Full details for RPL are available here.

What are the key dates and deadlines for 2020 applicants?

2020 Online Application Opens – 14th October
ICGP Application & Information Session, Convention Center Dublin – 2nd November
2020 Online Application Closes – 14th November
Online notification of interviews – 13th December
2020 interviews – 12th February 2020

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The ICGP, 4/5 Lincoln Place,
Dublin 2, Ireland