Application Procedure:

Trainee Recruitment and Selection:

The Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) supports and promotes procedures that facilitate the implementation of equal opportunity policies. These policies will ensure that discrimination will not take place on the grounds of age, sex, marital status, race, religion, creed, sexual orientation, colour or disability.


See the ICGP website - GP Trianing / GP Recruitment for full details on the application procedure



Satisfactory Completion of Specialist Training in General Practice

The Chairman of a Steering Committee and Programme Director sign the Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Training (CSCT) when the following criteria for satisfactory completion of training are met:

  • It is necessary to complete four years, at least 50% of which must be in general practice medicine attached to a recognised Training Programme.
  • Training must be completed within six years of commencement to preserve the educational validity of the training process.
  • The following documents should be completed to ICGP Guidelines and submitted by the Trainee to the Steering Committee via the Programme Director:

      Trainee Hospital Logs for each Hospital Training post

      Consultant Teacher Teacher’s Reports* for each Hospital Training post

      Trainee Logs for each GP Practice Training Post. Trainer’s Reports* for each GP Practice Training Post

      Programme Directing Team’s Reports* for attendance and overall participation in the Day-Release Programme

      Written Trainee Analysis of Video-Recorded Real Patient Consultations to the standard required by the Programme

      A current Certificate in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

      ICGP “Women’s Health in General Practice Log Book”

      Written Audit/Research Project to the standard required by the Programme

      A minimum of 120 hours per year in General Practice out of hours duty


Reports* must certify

  • (a) at least 75% attendance (in post);
  • (b) active participation in training;
  • (c) that appropriate skills and performance standards have been satisfactorily met.


Hospital Component

Two years of General Practice training takes place in a hospital setting under the overall direction of a recognised General Practice Training Programme. A broad range of experience over at least four different disciplines relating to general practice is necessary.

The hospital component consists of two years of at least four posts relevant to general practice. Each trainee spends six months in paediatrics and medicine and the remainder of the time is spread over the remaining posts. No post duration is less than 3 months and more than 6 months. Training is overseen by the nominated consultant for each post and the programme directing team.

From July 2012, all the hospital training posts will be based in the South West Region. Participating hospitals are Bantry General Hospital and University Hospital Kerry. Each trainee over the first two years of training will have a rotation for 6 months in Paediatrics, Medicine and Psychiatry and 3 months in each of Obstetrics and A&E.

Training Practice

Training Practice Component

The Registrar’s experience in the training practice is fundamental to their development as a competent general practitioner. It provides the opportunity to practice a wide range of skills in the setting of General Practice. Early exposure to the general practice setting is considered essential to the formative development of Registrars. The Registrars learn to appreciate the needs and demands of general practice and its differences from hospital practice, taking into account the many facets of health and illness in the community – physical, psychological and social. It helps establish the principles of primary care and the high standard of care delivered by the general practitioner.

In the South West GP Training Programme all Registrars will spend each of the two years in a different practice and where possible the experience is mixed between urban/rural and large/individual run practices.

Education / Day Release

Education Component / Day Release

The day release programme forms an essential, integral and central component of the training process for the aspiring GP. With the expansion of GP Training Programmes to incorporate larger numbers of Trainee / Registrars, the emphasis on key tenets of the day release programme need to be maintained so as to ensure that specific educational standards are met.

The day release sessions are held in the Sólás building in the Institute of Technology, Tralee. The sessions commence the first Wednesday in September and continue through to the last Wednesday in May, breaking for Christmas and Easter holidays. Summer sessions are held in July for each group, incorporating induction, and other general topics prior to commencement of Wednesday sessions in September.

First and second years attend a half day release with third and fourth years attending for the full day. Attendance is compulsory and all trainees must have a minimum of 75% attendance.

The curriculum is developed and delivered by the programme directing team in conjunction with the trainees. External speakers are invited to present for particular areas of expertise.


Assessment Component

Summative assessment, in general practice training, has two components: 

1. Continuous assessment, review and feedback of each trainee's performance throughout the four training years;

2. Overall summation of the trainee's performance by the Steering Committee at the end of the training period, leading to a decision on the award of a certificate of satisfactory completion of training. 

Summative assessment differs from end-point assessment (e.g. examinations) in allowing each candidate monitor his or her performance and take steps to improve it, throughout the learning period. Failure should be rare and never unexpected. 

MICGP Examination About the Examination

The aim of the MICGP Examination assesses the performance of the candidate in the field of general family practice by assessing in three domains:

  • cognitive,
  • psychomotor
  • affective.

The Examination assesses knowledge relevant to general practice in Ireland. Candidates are assessed in problem solving and communication skills. Candidates who pass the MICGP Examination are judged to be competent to provide a high standard of care in unsupervised general practice in Ireland.

For examination entry requirements, online orientation programme and guidelines to examination fees etc please refer to the ICGP website:

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