Mid-West Intern Training Programme


Mid-West Intern Training Programme

Welcome to the Mid-West Intern Training Programme

There are six Intern Training Networks, each based around an existing Medical School


1. West/Northwest (NUIG)

2. Dublin Northeast (RCSI)

3. Dublin Mid-Leinster (UCD)

4. Dublin Southeast (TCD)

5. South (UCC)

6. Mid-West (UL)


Internship posts and structure:

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Intern posts are structured so that all Jobs/Rotations take place within a single intern network.
Each Intern Network is led by an Intern Network Coordinator who is a consultant doctor with educational experience. This appointment is made by the Medical School in each Network and is supported by the HSE.

The Intern Network Coordinator is responsible for organising and overseeing intern training within their network and ensuring the provision of appropriate, agreed educational programmes for interns. The Intern Network Coordinators are collaborating collectively and collaboratively through the Intern Networks Executive and with the HSE on a national basis to ensure consistency across the Networks.

Intern Network Coordinators are also expected to meet requirements set by the Medical Council in relation to intern training and sign-off, in order to satisfy the Council’s criteria for granting a Certificate of Experience. Medical Council guidelines on this area are available at www.medicalcouncil.ie.

In Ireland Internship is a mandatory part of your training and is a one year training post. You will be registered with the Medical Council of Ireland but you have restricted intern registration only. Upon successful completion of your training and signing off you will be awarded a certification of experience by the medical council and be allowed to progress to specialist trainee or general registration. You cannot progress in your medical career without certification of experience.

An internship is for a period of 12 months minimum, and is made up of several rotations through the medical and surgical specialties. A minimum of 3 months in general medicine and 3 months in general surgery is a requirement for an internship.  In addition to general medicine and surgery, internships in the Mid-West Intern Network:

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Practice
  • Anaesthetics (Peri-operative Medicine)

Each network has a hub teaching hospital, and several smaller hospitals and sites.
The hub teaching hospital in the Mid-West Intern Network is the University Hospital Limerick. Other sites include:
•    University Maternity Hospital Limerick 
•    St John’s Hospital Limerick and
•    G.P. Ennis, Co Clare
All of the Mid-West internships rotate through the main teaching hospital, University Hospital Limerick. 
The joint intern coordinators for the Mid-West are Dr Margaret O’Connor and Ms Anne Merrigan. 
The Intern Fellow for the Mid-West is Dr Natasha Slattery and the Intern Administrator is Sinead Burke. 

For more information on the Mid-West Intern Network, please email Sinead.M.Burke@ul.ie

All Mid-West Interns are registered with the University of Limerick, which will allow you access to the UL library and the UL facilities.
Interns are informed of upcoming training, educational activities and career opportunities via an intern dedicated SULIS site and by email.

Academic Track Interns: 
The Academic Track posts, funded by the NDTP, (the HSE’s National Doctors Training and Planning arm) are providing a small number of Interns with the opportunity to:

  • undertake clinical research,
  • gain experience in medical education, or
  • enhance their leadership and management skills.

The interns on the academic track will gain the same clinical experience as other interns and receive the same Certificate of Experience, but in addition will have

  1.  protected time during the working week to undertake a research project, to participate in medical education or to become involved in a quality improvement project at their hospital. 
  2. be assigned an academic supervisor in addition to their clinical supervisors. The academic supervisor will provide them with guidance and support in carrying out their project. 
  3. have access to research seminars and workshops, and additional training and education. There may be a bursary available to cover their research costs (e.g. bench fees). 
  4. be required to achieve the same competencies as all other interns, and they will need to complete the same mandatory elements of intern training as all other interns in addition to their academic goals. 

For further information please see useful links, appendix 8 of the stage 1 application guide.

The academic track posts were piloted during Intern training year (2017/18) and have once again been made available for the 2018/19 Intern training year.

Application Process (Graduates of Irish Medical Schools)
Application for internship is through the Health Service Executive National Recruitment Service (NRS). 
This is a 2 stage process. Applications are invited at the end of October (stage1) and at end of February (stage 2). Successful applicants receive notification of their internship at the beginning of June. 

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email applyintern@hse.ie
2019/20 stage 1 of the Intern application process will open at the end of October 2018.

The application process and requirements for graduates of non-Irish medical schools is separate
Please see our useful links for further information about the application process.

Registration with the Irish Medical Council
As an intern you will have intern registration with the Irish Medical Council.
Please see our useful links for further information.

Signing off by the network and the certificate of experience:
At the end of internship you will be signed off as competent and having completed intern training requirements, by the Intern Network Coordinator once requirements have been met. Once signed off by the network, your name will be submitted to the medical council for a certificate of experience.
The National Intern Training Programme (NITP) core curriculum and the National Intern Education and Training Agreement (NIETA) are guides to your education and training requirements.
Requirements for signing off:

  • A minimum of 12 months internship  
  • Completion of Mandatory Induction at the beginning of the Intern 
  • Completion of all rotation assessment forms every 3/4 months by your supervising consultant trainer.
  • Attendance at grand rounds and medical and surgical case conferences

And local Mid-West mandatory requirements for signing off:

  • Certification in ACLS for completion during mandatory Induction
  • Completion of online Haemovigilance training prior to Induction
  • Certification in the National Early Warning Scoring system – COMPASS via HseLand prior to Induction
  • Certification in the National SEPSIS training via HseLand prior to Induction
  • Completion of the Medico-legal training for Interns - course provided during the first half of the Intern year
  • DOPS (Directly Observed Procedural Skills) – part 1 and 2 
  • Submission of a research abstract for publication, e.g. RAMI – Intern Study day
  • Satisfactory attendance at dedicated intern teaching sessions >70%
  • Completion of the BMJ module

Other non-mandatory workshops include: Interview Skills, Career workshops and C.V. writing

Sinead Burke, Intern Network Administrator, Intern Network Office, Third floor CERC Building.
Sources: Medical Council, HSE, NBS Recruit, UHL, GEMS and NUIG.