This website is currently undergoing updates as of Nov 2019, but it remains open for access to bookings for ACLS and BLS.

About the Trinity BST Programme

The Trinity BST Programme is administered by the Royal College of Physicians (RCPI_ behalf of St James’s Hospital & Tallaght Hospital and Trinity College Dublin.  It is the largest and longest established training programme constituting some 117 positions across 11 affiliate hospitals (see below).  It is one of eight national training hubs which support BST training in General Internal Medicine.  All two year rotations are compliant with the established RCPI criteria for BST accreditation.

  Hospital Number of Approved Training Posts
1 St James’s Hospital 48
2 Tallaght Hospital 32
3 Tullamore General Hospital 12
4 Naas General Hospital 11
5 Peaumount Hospital 4
6 St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny 2
7 Loughlinstown 1
8 Mullingar 2
9 Wexford General Hospital 1
10 Waterford 1
11 St Luke’s Hospital, Rathgar. 1
12 Portlaoise 1
13 Portiuncula 1



In line with BST accreditation requirements, all 2 year training rotations have been structured to consist of a minimum 6 months in a non-metropolitan/affiliate hospital.  This occurs within the first year of each Trinity BST training rotation.  For the remaining 18 months, each trainee will generally be assigned to one of our academic teaching hubs; St James’s Hospital or Tallaght Hospital.

All rotations are accredited by the RCPI for the purposes of BST certification and satisfy eligibility for entry on the trainee specialist division of the Irish Medical Council Register.  Each 2 year rotation consists of 8 x 3 month specialty rotations within which you will have exposure to 3 of the 5 following core specialties rotations:-

  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Medicine for the Elderly
  • Respiratory Medicine

A full outline of all 2 year training rotations is provided at appendix 1.


St James’s Hospital

Leading the way in health care innovation is something we pride ourselves at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin.  As the Republic of Ireland’s largest teaching hospital with major academic links to Trinity College Dublin, we provide emergency and elective medical and surgical services and employ approximately 4,000 multidisciplinary staff.

The campus accommodates the Trinity’s Health Sciences Centre, the National Blood Transfusion Service Board as well as the St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Centre and Trinity/SJH Welcome Clinical Research Centre.  We believe this medical campus together with the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, and planned National Children’s Hospital, has the potential to become one of the world’s leading exponents of integrated health care, education, public health and translational biomedical research with significant peer influence.

For more information on St James’s Hospital, visit our website on our range of national, supra-regional and regional specialties/services.


We offer trainees a supportive teaching environment from trainers who have a genuine interest and commitment to post graduate education as follows:-

Grand Rounds. Meeting takes place every Friday morning from 8-9am, offering two 30 –min presentations. This is a cross-speciality meeting at which each hospital team presents once per year, including internal medicine and surgery and their various sub specialities, Radiology, Pathology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Psychiatry, Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine.

Peer Review Learning Workshops run by SHOs, for SHOs delivering SHO-appropriate material on pre-selected topics under the supervision of senior team members Registrar/SpR/Consultant from the relevant specialty.   “SHOwtime” was introduced in July, 2015

SHOwtime” occurs as a once-monthly evening lecture at which Consultants share their personal experiences and clinical knowledge in an SHO focused session.  The programme offers encouragement, guidance and mentorship to SHOs in a relaxed an informal setting.

 Medical Update is held on weekly basis on Wednesday at lunchtime with various teams presenting from Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Pharmacocology, General Medicine, Genito-Urinary Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Neurology, Medicine for the Elderly and Intensive Care Medicine.

 Structured bedside teaching for MRCPI Part 2 is provided in advance of examinations.

Additional Benefits:-

  • Membership (I & II) Examination Tutorials
  • Individual 1:1 Consultant-SHO mentoring
  • Weekly scheduled educational events  (journal clubs, MDTs,
  • Excellent Library and on-line resources
  • Annual awards:-
    • William Stokes Lecture
    • Eoin B Casey Award,
    • Medical Teacher of the Year Award,
  • Fully EWTD Compliant Medical Rosters
  • Active and Progressive NCHD Collaborative Working Group


Tallaght Hospital is one of Irelands Largest Acute Teaching Hospital.  The Hospital is part of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, which serves a population of over 1.2 million and provides for local, regional and national specialties.  We are the National Urology Referral Centre, and one of the largest centres to provide Dialysis Services in the country.  We are also a Regional Orthopaedic Trauma Centre.


The Hospital is an academic teaching Hospital associated with Trinity College Dublin, one of the worlds’ leading universities, offering fantastic opportunities for medical doctors to do excellent research.  Trinity College Dublin specialises in the training and professional development of staff in the areas of General Medicine, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, amongst many other specialties.


As part of the National Children’s Hospital Project a new satellite centre is planned for Tallaght Hospital.  This will be a key element in providing an integrated clinical network for Paediatric Services nationally.


For more information on Tallaght Hospital, visit our website .




One of only two sites in the country to hold the clinical MRCPI examinations, we offer an excellent programme of pre-exam tutorials delivered by consultants and specialist registrars keen on medical education.


Our consultant staff are leaders in their respective fields, are well represented in RCPI training institutions, and are happy and willing to assist you during this period of training to prepare you for the next step to Registrar or Specialist Registrar appointments in the specialty of your choice.
Supported Career Development & Training  We’ll make sure that you get excellent training, support and exposure in your speciality.  In particular, we can offer you:

  • Grand Rounds
  • Membership (I & II) Examination Tutorials
  • Journal Clubs
  • In house ACLS Course
  • Medical Photography & Illustration Department
  • Library Facilities
  • Crèche Facilities
  • NCHD Orientation Programme
  • Active NCHD forum with NCHD lead
  • Medical Administration Intranet Site
  • 24 hour compliant rotas, working towards full EWTD compliance