Occasionally, a student who has graduated from medical school in Ireland will decide to apply for post-graduate (internship/residency) training outside of North America.

Residency in Ireland

In Ireland the term ‘internship’ is equivalent to the term ‘residency.’

All graduates of Irish medical schools who hold EU Passports and who applied to Irish medical schools as an EU student are guaranteed an internship post. Graduates who hold EU Passports, but did not apply through the CAO, are ranked below those who hold CAO numbers. American and Canadian citizens are eligible to apply for the remaining internship positions.

In 2020 the Irish Health Service increased significantly the number of paid Internship Positions. Since then the majority of North American students who have applied for a position have received one.

Residency in Ireland and the EU is different from North America in that trainees need to apply for each successive stage of their post-graduate training. For example, a new graduate applies for an intern position in a teaching hospital in one of the six Intern Networks (affiliated with the six medical schools). The intern (or resident) year is comprised of a number of medical and surgical rotations. A Certificate of Experience is awarded on completion of the Intern year. (For additional information, please click here).

In the following year you apply for a Senior House Officer (SHO) position and begin Basic Specialist Training which usually lasts for two years. (For additional information, please click here).

Following Basic Specialist Training junior doctors can apply for Higher Specialist Training in the Registrar Training Programme. Higher Specialist Training is provided by a number of specialist postgraduate training bodies who are responsible for training and oversight in these specialties. Registrar training generally lasts from four to six years but can take longer depending on the specialty.


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