MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE
ENJOY A BALANCED LIFE
BE A GENERALIST AND A SPECIALIST
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 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.
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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.
The Key dates for 2023 WILL BE AVAILABLE IN EARLY AUTUMN
2022 GP Trainee Recruitment Process
11am on Wednesday 13 October
11am on Saturday 30 October
5pm on Wednesday 17 November
Friday, 17 December
11am on Wednesday 13 October – 2022 Online Application Open
11am on Saturday 30 October – ICGP Application & Information Webinar
5pm on Wednesday 17 November – Online Application Closes
Wednesday, 15 December – Online Notification of Application Status
Tuesday 4 January
Wednesday 9 & Thursday 10 February
10am Friday 18 – Monday 21 February
Friday 18 February
Tuesday 1 March
Monday 7 March
Monday 14 March
Friday 8 July
Monday 11 July
Upload references & Consent to Interview Process
Interviews via Zoom. (A zoom test will be offered ahead of the interview day, dates to be issued closer to the time)
Scheme selection for candidates that were successful at interview
Candidates unsuccessful at interview notified
Round 1 Offers
Round 2 Offers
Round 3 Offers
2022 commencement date
Tuesday 4 January – Upload references & Consent to Interview Process
Wednesday 9 & Thursday 10 February – Interviews via Zoom. (A zoom test will be offered ahead of the interview day, dates to be issued closer to the time)
10am Friday 18 – Monday 21 February – Scheme selection for candidates that were successful at interview
Friday 18 February – Candidates unsuccessful at interview notified
Tuesday 1 March – Round 1 Offers
Monday 7 March – Round 2 Offers
Monday 14 March – Round 3 Offers
Friday 8 July – 2022 Induction
Monday 11 July – 2022 commencement date
How can I train to be a GP in Ireland?
The Irish College of General Practitioners (www.icgp.ie) is the professional and training body for Irish general practice. Specialist training for general practice aims to produce GPs who, on completion of training, will be able to provide personal and continuing care to individuals and families in the community.
General practice training is in the main four years in duration. The first two years are spent primarily in hospital settings, with third and fourth year in supervised general practice.
For those undertaking the recognition of prior learning (RPL) pathway, general practice training is shortened, depending on the RPL pathway. Trainees with RPL Medicine or Emergency Medicine complete 3 year training. Trainees with RPL Paediatrics compete 3.6 or 3.8 months training.
How can I find out more information on GP Training in Ireland?
Learn more about GP training in Ireland
What are the dates for the application process?
Key dates for the 2023 process will be available in early autumn.
How does the application process work?
Submit online application and appropriate supporting documentation by designated deadline.
- 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.
- Applicants that do not meet the eligibility criteria or the minimum shortlisting mark will not be invited to interview, all others will be invited to interview.
- Interview candidates will be required to upload 2 BST references and consent to online interview process in advance of the interview.
- Interviews are held during the second week in February.
- Following interview, the application score and interview score are combined to determine the applicant’s overall score. Applicants that are not determined eligible for appointment at interview are also identified.
- Applicants deemed appointable will be required to select training scheme preferences.
- Applicants are then matched to scheme based on their ranking and scheme preference. ICGP have to take in account HSE policy with regard to allocation of places
- Online notification of applicants status will be then be issued 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
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
- Passport sized photo
- A colour scanned copy of passport
- Transcript of exam results from university/medical school
- Membership/Fellowship Certificates
- Medical Degree
- Stamp4 Card (if applicable)
Applicants are advised to review the Guide to Applicants.
Who is eligible to apply for the scheme?
Where are the training schemes based and what GP practices are involved?
For the 2022 intake of GP trainees, applicants will select from 13 schemes across 4 regions
- West (Donegal, Sligo and Western including Ballinasloe)
- South (Mid- West, South West, Cork and South East)
- Dublin South (TCD, UCD, Kildare with the Mid Leinster Tullamore Scheme)
- Dublin North (RCSI and North Dublin Inner City Scheme with the North East Scheme)
Further information on the schemes can be found in the National Specialist Training Programme in General Practice
Can I choose where I will complete my training?
After interview candidates that have been deemed appointable for GP training will be asked to rank their preferred training schemes (online process). Applicants are only asked to select the training scheme they are genuinely interested in. Further details on this will be made available to candidates later in the recruitment process.
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), by offers stage – 21 February 2022 can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning.
Applicants that have successfully completed core specialist training in Emergency Medicine from the RCSI and who have successful completed all appropriate assessments (Fellowship Examination of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine FRCEM – Primary and Intermediate examination at time of application can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning.
Successful applicants for RPL Medicine or Emergency Medicine will have training shortened from 4 years to 3 years.
Successful applicants for RPL Paediatrics will have training shortened from 4 years to 3.6 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.
View further information on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Where can I go for more details?
For more information on becoming a GP please visit ICGP.ie
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