Specialty Administrators in Surgical Affairs
Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery
The training pathway to becoming a Plastic & Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeon in Ireland commences at Core Surgical Training ST1 and completes at Higher Specialty Training ST8. Within these 8 years of training a trainee will undergo Core Surgical Training in ST1 & ST2.
Core Training is a common trunk of training which is undertaken by all surgical trainees, irrespective of their future specialty aspiration. It is intended to introduce trainees to the principles of surgery in general and give them the knowledge, skills and attitudes which are required by all surgical specialities in preparation for Higher Specialty Training (ST3 – ST8). Throughout the two years trainees are assessed via the Competency Assessment and Performance Appraisal (CAPA) process.
ST3 is entry level into Higher Specialty Training which completes at ST8. This is based on on-going progression assessment (CAPA), successful completion of the MRCS exam and specialty interview (ST3-ST8).
The Plastic & Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery training programme has a defined curriculum that trainees need to complete. Biannual assessments, training courses, wet labs and modalities such as the Intercollegiate Surgical Training Programme are used to track progression throughout ST3 – ST8. Trainees need to complete the curriculum and the FRCS examination in order to achieve a Certificate of Completion of Surgical Training (CCST) . Awarding of CCST deems eligibility for registration with Irish Medical Council.
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