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Training in Ireland to Work as a General Practitioner

In order to work as a General Practitioner in Ireland you must have gone through vocational or specialised training after your initial qualification or MBBS.

This can look different depending on where you trained or what country you qualified.

To work as a general practitioner (GP) in Ireland, the following qualifications and steps are typically required:

  • Medical Degree: Obtain a medical degree from a recognised medical school. In Ireland, this would involve completing a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB BCh BAO) degree, which usually takes five to six years.
  • Internship: After obtaining a medical degree, complete a one-year internship program in an approved hospital. This internship provides practical training across various medical specialties and is a requirement for registration with the Irish Medical Council (IMC).

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  • Pre-Registration: Following the internship, apply for pre-registration training, which involves an additional year of supervised training in an accredited training practice. During this period, you work under the guidance of experienced GPs to gain practical experience in general practice.
  • Postgraduate Training: Undertake the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) Specialist Training Program, which is a three-year structured training program. This program includes rotations in different medical specialties and extensive training in general practice. It covers a wide range of topics such as clinical skills, patient management, communication, ethics, and practice management.
  • Membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners (MICGP): Upon completing the ICGP Specialist Training Program, you become eligible to apply for membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners. This membership is a recognised qualification for practising as a GP in Ireland.

For candidates trained outside of Ireland there are various schemes to begin work as a general practitioner in Ireland. For more information please feel free to contact us today at (01) 567 3123 or email using the button below.

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Posted on 25 July 2023 by Laura Mulchrone
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