What to expect
The Irish Republic provides a broad training programme with a varied workload and the primary emphasis on cancer management.
Candidates for the training scheme are expected to have a higher degree (i.e. MCh, MSc, MD) prior to movement into the urology Specialist Registrar grade.
The SpR programme is highly competitive, lasting 4-5 years, and candidates are expected to have completed a research programme.
Most Irish units have an emphasis on oncology. However, a wide range of endoscopic and laparoscopic urology is practised in most units; female urology, reconstruction and andrology are also practised in some units.
Information about meetings, educational study days etc. can be found in the Irish Republic calendar
There is a 1-month teaching course for all urology residents in Ireland which rotates to each hospital and a monthly clinical case presentation in preparation for FRCS (Urol) which takes place in Dublin from September to May each year.
There are monthly SpR teaching days which rotate through the various urology units and a monthly case conference presented by each unit in turn.
Support is given for trainees to attend the annual meeting of the Irish Society of Urology and there is ample educational support for international meetings.