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 2017, the current annual intake is 13 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. 

Open Evening 2017

Open Evening for 2018 GP training in Cork will take place on Thursday 26th October 2017 at 6 pm in 3 Bloomfield Terrace, Western Rd, Cork. 

The 2018 online application process opens on 16th October 2017 and closes on 16th November 2017.

This year’s ICGP application & information session will be held in the Cusack suite, Croke Park on Saturday 4th November 2017. The session will commence at 10 am and finish at 12.30. The MICGP graduation will take place in the afternoon, in Croke Park.

Candidates will be notified if they have been selected for interview on 13th December 2017 and interviews will be held on 14 February 2018 for entry in July 2018. 

All details can be found on the Irish College of General Practitioners website (www.icgp.ie)

Graduation day 2017

Another happy day was spent in Kinsale with this year's graduating class with a trip around the harbour, lunch in the Bulman and presentations at Charles Fort. 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.

Project Day and Audit Day 2017

The 2017 Dr Michael Dunne Memorial Award for the best audit goes 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 is 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’.

2017 entry 

The ICGP increased the number of training places available for July 2017 and the Cork Specialist Training Programme increased its intake from 12 to 13 trainees. 

New Academic Year 2016 -17

We would like to welcome our new First Years to the Cork Specialist Training Programme. There were two induction afternoons in July where the trainees met the programme team. The first one took place in UCC but the second afternoon took place in Kinsale Medical in Dr Tony Foley's practice and thereafter for a walk to James Fort. A further icebreaking event took place on Wednesday 7th September when the First Years met all the rest of the trainees for team building activities  on Spike Island. A great afternoon was shared by all.

The online application process for entry to Cork GP training in July 2017 will be open from 18th October 2016 - 17th November 2016. Please check the Irish College of General Practitioners website for further details (www.icgp.ie).          

Graduation 2016

We bade sad farewell to our 4th Years on May 25th 2016 in Charles Fort, Kinsale. The sun shone down on this year's graduates as we wished the wonderful class of 2016 all the very best in their careers in General Practice going forward.

Project Day and Audit Afternoon 2016

Audit afternoon 2016

Micheline McCarthy is this year’s deserving winner of the Dr Michael Dunne Memorial Award for her incisive audit on ‘Achieving the diabetes cycle of care: How well are we managing?’ Runner up for this year’s award was Paul Ryan with his comprehensive study on ‘the introduction of a primary care prescribing formulary to a nursing home’. Closely following behind Paul came Eilis Murphy with her detailed audit, entitled, An audit of prescribing in elderly patients over 75 years using the STOPP criteria. The team commended the whole class for the range of high quality audits presented this year and expressed their appreciation for all the effort and commitment invested in each and every one of them.

Project Day 2016

Maura Linehan is this year’s very worthy recipient of the Dr O.K Shorten award for her research on ‘pain management in dementia patients’ which was a really well-crafted research project teasing out all the complex issues involved. Runner up was Kate Marie Boyle, with her impressive project on the ‘the attitudes and knowledge of Irish GPs to breast feeding’, closely followed by Laura Lane with her practical and hands on approach with regard to ‘GPs’ Knowledge of Emergency Medication Dosages’. The Programme Directing team complimented all the 4th Years on the quality of projects on presented this year and encouraged them all to look at ways in which their research could be prepared for publication.

New Academic Year 2015-16

The Cork GP training programme will be welcoming another new intake of trainees in July 2016. The applications for 2016 entry are now closed but on line applications for 2017 entry will be open from November 2016 on the Irish College of General Practitioner's website (see below).

Project Day and Audit Afternoon 2015

Projects Day 2015 took place on Wednesday 13th May 2015 and showcased another excellent set of final 4th Year projects. This year's winner of the Dr O. K Shorten Award was Dr Treasa Kelleher for her project, 'Irish Experiences of Work-Home Conflict'. This year's runner up was Dr Paul Nolan with his research, 'Irish GPs' knowledge of prescription drugs,' with Dr Maeve Burns in 3rd place with her study on long acting reversible contraception (LARC). The high standard and quality of the projects this year was commended by the programme directing team.

Wednesday 29th April 2015 saw this year's cohort of Third Year registrars present their practice audits. There was an exceptionally high standard of presentation this year. Dr Janet O'Sullivan was awarded the Dr Michael Dunne Memorial Award for her audit on Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in Pregnancy. Runner up for this year's prize was Dr Ciara Nolan with her audit on Influenza and Pertussis Vaccination Uptake in Pregnant Females with Dr Maeve Davis nominated in third place for her work on Management of COPD in General Practice. The programme directing team extended their congratulations to all the Third Years presenting,  commending them on their hard work and theimprovements they had brought to each of the training practices they have been attached to during this year.