The Irish Institute of Orthopaedic Surgeons was formed in 1972. Its functions included determining the need for new orthopaedic appointments, involvement in the replacement of those retiring, and a commitment to develop a training program in line with that being established in the UK under the auspices of the Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Joint Committee of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons.
The Continuum of Training in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery was established by the Irish Institute for Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery in 1999, as a means to regularise Higher Surgical Training in Ireland.
The Institute oversees the Continuum in Orthopaedics on behalf of the Royal College of Surgeons which is designated by the Irish Medical Council as the training body.
THE RCSI Council delegates this responsibility to the Irish Surgical Postgraduate Training Committee, the body under which the Institute administers Orthopaedic training.
The Institute is comprised of a 30 member Council committee and a 24 member Trainers committee.