Core Surgical Trainees


Core Surgical Training (CST) is a two-year introduction period which is undertaken by candidates at the beginning of their surgical training through The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. All surgical trainees, irrespective of their future specialty aspirations, undertake this period to achieve competence in a range of surgical knowledge, skills and behaviours. The first year (ST1) includes a rotation through General Surgery and another Surgical Specialty, such as Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery. Trainees who aspire to pursue Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery begin ‘basic’ specialty in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery during their second year (ST2), usually in a single clinical site. Progression from ST2 to ST3 (Higher Specialty Training in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery) is a competitive process. Progression is based on clearly defined performance metrics during CST as well as the Trauma & Orthopaedic ST3 specialty selection interview which takes place in March of each year.