Welcome to the Cork Specialist Training Programme for General Practice



Welcome to the website of the Cork Specialist Training Programme for General Practice. The Cork Training Programme, which was established in 1972, provides an integrated four-year postgraduate training programme in general practice; the first two years are spent in hospital based posts; the third and fourth registrar years are spent in accredited training practices in the Cork region. 

In 2018, the annual intake will be 14 trainees, who are based in Cork University Hospital (including CUMH), Mercy University Hospital, South Infirmary and Victoria University Hospital, St Stephen's Hospital and Mallow General Hospital. 

New Academic Year 2018 -19

We would like to welcome our new First Years to the Cork Specialist Training Programme. There are usually two induction afternoons in July where the trainees met the programme team. Induction afternoons usually comprise a combination of information provision and social activities to allow people get to know each other. A further icebreaking event usually occurs early in September when the First Years met all the rest of the trainees for team building activities.  

Project Day and Audit Day 2017

The 2017 Dr Michael Dunne Memorial Award for the best audit went to Dr Denis O’Donovan for his work on ‘the documentation of blood test requests and results as part of the total testing process in primary care’. Runner up this year was Dr Anne Marie Coughlan for her work on Antibiotic prescribing for UTIs; a practice review and audit. Dr Laura Feeley was awarded third place for her work on warfarin and the time spent in the therapeutic range.

This year’s winner of the Dr O.K Shorten Award for the best 4th Year research project was Dr Eilis Murphy for her research on ‘Improving benzodiazepine prescribing in our practice - a quality improvement project.’ The runner up in this year’s project day was Dr Melissa O’Neill for her work on ‘What’s in a name: A qualitative study exploring patients' perceptions of generic medication’.

Third place was considered to be a tie between Dr Charlotte Murphy, for her work on ‘Doctors' clothing - does it matter?’ and Dr John McKeogh’sA study on the knowledge of General Practitioners and trainees of the HSE-Health Schemes’.

Graduation day 2017

Another happy day was spent last June in Kinsale with the graduating class of 2017, starting with a trip around the harbour, lunch in the Bulman and presentations at Charles Fort. Continuing the tradition set by their predecessors, this was a great year group from their very first day on the Scheme and we wish them all the very best in their new careers going forward.

2018 Entry

The Cork Specialist Training Programme has increased its annual intake to 14 trainees from July 2018. All training places have been filled and applications for 2019 entry will be open from October 2018 on the Irish College of General Practitioner's website (www.icgp.ie).