Ireland

 

GENERAL INFORMATION - DEMOGRAPHICS

General Information - Demographics:
Ireland has a population of 4 million inhabitants and is a member of the European Union (EU) and the European Board of Urology (EBU). 10 Departments are operating all over the country. There are 23 Urologists (1 urologist per 173,913 inhabitants) and 7 Residents (1 resident per approx. 3 urologists).

NATIONAL UROLOGICAL SOCIETY

Irish Society of Urology (ISU)
President: Mr. Denis Murphy

RESIDENTS ORGANIZATION

Urological Trainees of Ireland (UTI)

UROLOGICAL TRAINING

After six years of medical school, one year as an ”intern” or house officer results in full registration. Basic surgical training lasts two years minimum and results in an exit exam, AFRCSI or previously FRCSI. An option to take a general surgical year at registrar level is available. More recently progression to a registrar year in urology is recommended either before or after a thesis year of research. This is traditionally in basic science. Next is to obtain a position on the six year higher training scheme in urology. An exit exam FRCS (urol) and a completion of training certificate permits the trainee to apply for and become a consultant urologist.

Career prospects:
Currently trainee numbers exceeds consultant job vacancies. Traditionally graduates, having similar training and exam qualifications sought employment in the United Kingdom. Some would obtain a consultant position in Ireland eventually. More recently there has been an expansion of positions but to achieve the recommended ratio of 1:100,000 (urologist:population) as per BAUS guidelines there would need to be a doubling of urologists. CME and Medical Specialists Register has been introduced to Ireland and is compulsory.

CAREER PROSPECT

Currently trainee numbers exceeds consultant job vacancies. Traditionally graduates, having similar training and exam qualifications sought employment in the United Kingdom. Some would obtain a consultant position in Ireland eventually. More recently there has been an expansion of positions but to achieve the recommended ratio of 1:100,000 (urologist:population) as per BAUS guidelines there would need to be a doubling of urologists. CME and Medical Specialists Register has been introduced to Ireland and is compulsory.