Faculty of Radiologists National Higher (Post Fellowship) Training Programme in Radiology 2020 – APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

Emergency Radiology with Cardiac Imaging Fellowship 

Applications are invited for the Higher (Post Fellowship) Training Programme in Radiology which will commence in July 2020.  See below for further details:   

Entry Requirements:

  • Possession of a Fellowship of the Faculty of Radiologists or an equivalent qualification
  • All candidates must have completed four years of accredited training prior to commencement of higher training programme
  • All candidates must be registered or eligible for registration with the Irish Medical Council(www.medicalcouncil.ie)

 

Application Procedure:

  1. Download and complete the payment form below.
  2. Scan and e-mail the completed payment form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. Once your payment has been processed, an application form will be sent to your e-mail address.
  4. Complete the application form to include all relevant supporting documentation and save to one single PDF document then submit same by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  5. Post or hand deliver three completed structured reference forms (included in application form) to the Faculty of Radiologists (Faculty of Radiologists, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 123 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2,  Ireland).

Payment Form

Sample Radiology Application Form.doc

Closing date for Higher (Post Fellowship) Training Programme applications is strictly 5pm on 12th December 2019.

Supporting Forms for Completion of Application:

Applicant Declaration Forms 1

2020 Job Description

Guidance for Eligbility for Training Specialist Division

Guidance on English Language Requirements

IELTS FAQs

HSE-Job-Specification-for-NCHD-posts

HSE NCHD Terms Conditions

 

 

Faculty of Radiologists National Training Programmes in:

1. Radiology

2. Radiation Oncology

 Applications are invited for the following programmes which will commence in July 2020.  See below for further details:        

                                                                                                                                                            

1. Radiology  2020 Application process now CLOSED

 

Entry Requirements:

  • For Radiology, all applicants must have, as a minimum, at least 2 years clinical experience.
    • One year as an intern and 1 year as an SHO is the minimum acceptable pre-Radiology training.
  • All candidates must be registered or eligible for registration with the Irish Medical Council (www.medicalcouncil.ie)
  • Candiates must meet the English Language requirements as detailed below before applying for the training scheme 

 Closing date for Radiology applications is strictly 5pm on 1st November 2019.

 Application Procedure:

  1. Download and complete the payment form below.
  2. Scan and e-mail the completed payment form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. Once your payment has been processed, an application form will be sent to your e-mail address.
  4. Complete the application form to include all relevant supporting documentation and save to one single PDF document then submit same by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  5. Post or hand deliver three completed structured reference forms (included in application form) to the Faculty of Radiologists (Faculty of Radiologists, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 123 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2,  Ireland).

Payment Form

Supporting Forms for Completion of Application:

Applicant Declaration Form

Guidance for Eligbility for Training Specialist Division

Guidance on English Language Requirements

IELTS FAQs

HSE-Job-Specification-for-NCHD-posts

HSE NCHD Terms Conditions

 

Faculty of Radiologists Standardised Selection Process for Specialty Training for Radiology– 2019

Version 1.1 - October 2019

Overview

The Faculty of Radiologists operates a five-year training scheme, of which the first four years are spent in a base hospital with rotations to subspecialist hospitals. Every year the Faculty of Radiologists will recruit a number of first year SpRs, the number of trainees is variable depending on the number of vacant positions in each site. Typically, about 20 trainees are appointed although this number is expected to increase as the number of training sites expands and based on NDTP workforce requirements and the Faculty of Radiologists strategic document. Although the Faculty of Radiologists is recruiting on to its training scheme, each candidate is also being employed by the respective training hospitals.

Each training site will nominate a Hospital Coordinator who sits on the Faculty of Radiologists Education Committee and will act for their hospital during the selection process. If a site’s Hospital Coordinator is unavailable for the interviews they may nominate a proxy from their site.

Faculty Board, Faculty Officers and Hospital Coordinators of the Faculty of Radiologists are committed to encouraging diversity and eliminating discrimination in the organisation, practices and work of the Faculty.   The training of a Radiologist is a lengthy and expensive process and it is very important that those who are most suited to a career in radiology are those selected to become future Radiologists.  The purpose of the selection process is to identify and select those trainees who are most likely to make the best Consultant Radiologists in the future.  The underlying principles of the selection and appointment process, are equity of access, objectivity in the selection process and transparency in the appointments. Appointments will be made in order of merit and are subject to the applicant meeting the required standards, as prescribed by the Faculty of Radiologists. All applicants will be assessed against each other for the limited number of places.  

Application and Shortlisting

The application process generally opens in early October and closes in early November. Candidates fill in an online document, upload relevant documents and arrange for three hard copy references to be sent to the Faculty.

Once the application process is closed, all applicants are scored based on their application form and CV.

Scores are totalled in the following sections (maximum score opposite):

Medical Degree Centile Score                   

10

Imaging-Specific Achievement, e.g. Medal               

2

Postgraduate Membership Examinations e.g. MRCP, MRCS        

5

Other Relevant Exams/Qualifications                   

3

Prizes, Scholarships                        

3

Research                                

10

Radiology-Specific Research Marks                    

2

Radiology Quality/Safety/Audit Initiative               

2

Extracurricular Achievements/ Volunteerism               

3

All candidates are scored independently by two Radiologists (National or Hospital Coordinators). If there is a discrepancy, a consensus mark is agreed at the shortlisting meeting (mid-late November). The top 36 candidates by shortlisting mark are selected for interview.

Open Days.

Sites may choose to hold open days. All shortlisted candidates are informed of the details of these Open Days simultaneously by email. Canvassing i.e. making a direct approach to a Hospital Coordinator to secure advantage is discouraged as an unacceptable practice and may lead to the disqualification of an applicant. It is, however entirely reasonable for a candidate to carry out relevant research about the position for which they have applied and to seek information about the department. It is in the interest of the candidate to be as informed as possible prior to interview. This is the function of the Open Days.

The Open Days provide the opportunity for all shortlisted candidates to visit the relevant sites and meet with local staff. It is hoped that candidates will get a ‘feel’ for the culture of the radiology departments and find the departments which best align with their ambitions, values and attitudes. Candidates are encouraged to attend Open Days but it is not mandatory. As some candidates may be unable to attend all Open Days, relevant Hospital Coordinators may choose to meet with candidates who are unable to attend their Open Day at other times.  Candidates do not have to meet with every site should they choose not to.

Whilst we aim to provide for a transparent process for candidates and training sites to interact through these Open Days, we acknowledge that it is practically impossible to forbid additional interactions between candidates and staff in training sites. Many candidates will be interacting with these departments as part of their current job as well as performing research projects with registrars and consultants within these departments. However, it is expected that the Hospital Coordinators in each site will provide equal time to all candidates interested in their hospital. The Hospital Coordinators should make every effort to ensure that candidates who are currently working outside of Ireland or are based in non-teaching hospitals are given time to visit and discuss each site that they are interested in.

If a site decides not to hold an Open Day, then the Hospital Coordinator is obliged to meet any shortlisted candidate that is interested in their hospital and to provide equal time to all interested candidates.

Interview

The interview comprises three stations:

Station 1 & 2 (combined total mark 35)

Both stations will include questions that explore the candidates’ career trajectory, experience and suitability for a career in radiology. Knowledge of radiology as a specialty and behaviours/attitudes relevant to working in a radiology department are also explored. The interviewers in each station comprise the Hospital Coordinators in each site who will each mark the candidates. A senior Faculty officer, usually the Dean and Honorary Secretary will be in each interview room to ensure that the questions are fair and consistent and that the interviews keep to time. The senior officer does not mark the interviews.

Station 1

Comprises the Dean and 4/5 Hospital Coordinators (three of whom ask questions)

This Station focuses specifically on radiology elements of the candidate’s experience, knowledge of radiology as a specialty as well as exploring how the candidate might fit with the radiology team.

Station 2

Comprises the Honorary Secretary and 4/5 Hospital Coordinators (three of whom ask questions)

This Station focuses specifically on the candidates’ CV and achievements (including qualifications, research & audit) as well as exploring the candidate’s capacity to adapt to stress and conflict within the radiology department.

Marks for Stations 1 and 2 are given under the following headings:   

Experience and Suitability for a Career in Radiology   

15

Career Trajectory                                                           

10

General/ Behaviours                                                      

10

OSCE (total mark 10)

 Two examiners evaluate the candidates in the following areas:

 Case scenarios (5 marks)

Candidates presented with five clinical scenarios related to requests for imaging and asked their opinion regarding the urgency & appropriateness of the imaging request and what further action they would take

Image-based cases (5 marks):

5-6 cases, in each of which a single image is provided of a radiograph or CT, candidates asked for the most likely diagnosis and further management.

Panel Discussion (total mark 15)

When all the interviews/OSCES are complete, Provisional Total Marks are calculated based on shortlisting, OSCE and interview station scores (max. 85).

The interviewers then meet for a panel discussion. The panel includes all interviewers (Hospital Coordinators from each training site or representative of same). The Dean, Honorary Secretary, National Training Coordinators and Executive Officer are witnesses to the panel discussion. The panel discussion aims to provide a consensus view across the multiple interview stations and multiple interviewers as to the suitability of the candidates for appointment to the Diagnostic Radiology Training Programme.

Processes involved in the panel discussion include:

The panel decides whether each candidate is suitable or unsuitable for appointment to the training programme this year. If a candidate is deemed unsuitable in one year, this does not preclude them from re-applying the next year.

Of the appointable candidates, those with 15 or more marks above that of the candidate provisionally first on the reserve list (based on the number of positions available) are automatically selected for the training programme.

Further discussion focuses on the remaining candidates; marks (max. 15) will be assigned to reflect the panel discussion.

Appointable candidates who are ranked below the number of available places are placed on the reserve list in rank order.

The candidates are marked out of a total of 100 as follows:  

Shortlisting                   

40

Interview          

35

OSCE               

10

Panel Discussion       

15

Matching

Prior to the interview day, shortlisted candidates are required to rank training sites in order of preference. Candidates are advised not to rank sites that they would not accept but that not ranking all sites may negatively impact their chances of securing a successful match.

Once the successful candidates are chosen, all Hospital Coordinators (or representatives) are required to rank these candidates in order of preference. While candidates may decline to work in a site by not ranking them, sites must rank all trainees and are not permitted to refuse a match.

Subsequently, the Faculty Officers perform the match process. Each candidate is matched to their first choice of site. If there are more trainees matched to a site then there are SpR positions available the candidate that is ranked lowest by that site moves to their second choice. If a candidate is unable to match, which can only be because he/she has not ranked all of the sites, they are placed first on the reserve list.

All candidates, successful and unsuccessful, are informed of the results of the interview and matching processes by email in the days after the interview day. All offers to the candidates are final. If a candidate refuses to accept a site that they had ranked then they are removed from the process and must re-apply in the next year.

In a date in late March, usually between the 25-27th, if any more places on the scheme become available then the candidates are taken from the reserve list in rank order and included in a second match process based on their original preferences. After this second match no new first year trainees will be added to the scheme. The final list of trainees will be presented to the Forum on the 28th March.

Appointment

Trainees offered a site are expected to sign the Faculty of Radiologists SpR agreement, which may be revised annually. In addition they will need to abide by and work contract offered by the employing hospitals. Candidates are informed of this at application and at the interview process.

Revision of this Document

This process is subject to annual review by the Education Committee and Board after feedback from the prior year’s recruitment process, the candidates and other interested bodies including but not limited to RCSI and the NDTP.                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                   

Please direct any queries to:

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2. Radiation Oncology  – 2020 Application process now CLOSED

 

Entry Requirements:

  •  For Radiation Oncology, all applicants must have, at a minimum, at least 3 years clinical experience.
    • 1 year as an intern and 2 years as an SHO is the minimum acceptable Radiation Oncology training.
  • All candidates must be registered or eligible for registration with the Irish Medical Council (www.medicalcouncil.ie)
  • Candiates must meet the English Language requirements as detailed our on website before applying for the training scheme

Closing date for Radiation Oncology applications is strictly 5pm on 1st November 2019.

Application Procedure:

  1. Download and complete the payment form below.
  2. Scan and e-mail the completed payment form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. Once your payment has been processed, an application form will be sent to your e-mail address.
  4. Complete the application form to include all relevant supporting documentation and save to one single PDF document then submit same by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  5. Post or hand deliver three completed structured reference forms (included in application form) to the Faculty of Radiologists (Faculty of Radiologists, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 123 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland).

Payment Form

Supporting Forms for Completion of Application:

Applicant Declaration Form

Guidance for Eligbility for Training Specialist Division

Guidance on English Language Requirements

IELTS FAQs

HSE-Job-Specification-for-NCHD-posts

HSE NCHD Terms Conditions

 

Faculty of Radiologists - Standardised Selection Process for Radiation Oncology Specialty Training – 2019

Version 1.1 - October 2019

Overview

The Faculty of Radiologists operates a five-year accredited equivalent full-time training scheme in Radiation Oncology, during which the trainees will be rotating across the three accredited training centres (Cork University Hospital, Galway University Hospital and St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network, Dublin). Every year the Faculty of Radiologists will recruit a number of first year Radiation Oncology SpRs, the number of trainees is variable depending on the number of vacant positions in each site. Typically, about 3-5 trainees are appointed although this number is expected to increase as the number of training positions  is likely to expand based on NDTP workforce requirements. Although the Faculty of Radiologists is recruiting on to its training scheme, each candidate is also being employed by the allocated training hospitals.

Each of the three training centres will nominate a Hospital Coordinator who sits on the Faculty of Radiologists Radiation Oncology Committee and will be part of the selection process (short-listing and interview). If a site’s educational coordinator is unavailable for the interviews she / he may nominate a proxy to represent the training centre.

Faculty Board, Faculty Officers and training coordinators of the Faculty of Radiologists are committed to encouraging diversity and eliminating discrimination in the organisation, practices and work of the Faculty.   The training of a Radiation Oncologist is a lengthy and expensive process and it is essential that those who are most suited to a career in Radiation Oncology are selected.  The purpose of the selection process is to identify and select those trainees who are most likely to make the best Consultant Radiation Oncologist in the future.  The underlying principles of the selection and appointment process, are equity of access, objectivity in the selection process and transparency in the appointments. Appointments will be made in order of merit and are subject to the applicant meeting the required standards, as prescribed by the Faculty of Radiologists. All applicants will be assessed against each other for the limited number of places.  

Application and Shortlisting

The Application process generally opens in early October and closes in early November. Candidates fill in an online document, upload relevant documents and arrange for three hard copy references to be sent to the Faculty.

Once the application process is closed, all applicants are scored based on their application form and CV.

Scores are totalled in the following sections (maximum score opposite):

Medical Degree Centile Score                  

5

Radiation Oncology Experience

6

Postgraduate Membership Examinations e.g. MRCP, MRCS        

5

Other Relevant Exams/Qualifications                   

3

Prizes, Scholarships                        

3

Research

10

Radiation Oncology -Specific Research Marks                    

2

Radiology Quality/Safety/Audit Initiative               

3

Extracurricular Achievements/ Volunteerism               

2

All candidates are scored independently by short-listing panel, which includes The National Training Co-ordinator , the three Hospital Coordinators (or proxy) and a Faculty representative.. The top candidates by shortlisting mark are selected for interview.

Local Hospital Coordinator Meeting

Prior interview candidate will have the opportunity to visit the three training centres and their respective Local Hospital Coordinator, whose contact details will be provided by the Faculty   

Interview

The interview will be conducted by an interview panel, comprising the National Training Coordinator, the three Hospital Coordinators (or proxy) and a senior Faculty Officer.

The panel member questions will explore the candidates’ career trajectory, experience and exposure to oncology and radiation oncology, research and educational achievements, management experience, and suitability for a career in radiation oncology. The senior Faculty Officer present, will ensure that the questions are fair and consistent and that the interviews keep to time. The senior Officer does not mark the interviews.

Marks for the interview are given under the following headings:

Experience and Suitability for a Career in Radiation    

40

Career Trajectory                   

10

General/ Behaviours               

10

 The candidates are marked out of a total of 100 as follows:

Shortlisting        

40

Interview        

60

 Hospital Allocation / Appointment

The Radiation Oncology training is based on a rotation across the three training centres. The successful candidate will allocated the training centre based on

  • Expressed preference. At time of interview candidate will be asked to provide by witting her / his location preference for the 1st year of training (Cork University Hospital, Galway University Hospital, St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network Dublin)
  • Ranking at the interview (based on the total score achieved)

Revision of this Document

This process is subject to annual review by the Education Committee and Board after feedback from the prior year’s recruitment process, the candidates and other interested bodies including but not limited to RCSI and the NDTP.

 

Please direct any queries to:

Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Successful Applications

Following completion of the interview process, candidates will be informed of their acceptance or non-acceptance on the training programme. The successful candidate must, prior to taking up appointment, obtain:

  • Provisional Registration – Irish Medical Council, Lynn House, Portobello Court, Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Ireland. Tel: (00 353 1) 496 5588, Fax: (00 353 1) 496 5972.
  • A certificate of Medical Insurance from one of the recognised Medical Insurance Companies i.e. Medical Protection Society or the Medical Defence Union.
  • A student visa from the Department of Foreign Affairs Consular Section, 80 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. (where applicable).
  • Work Permit from the Department of Enterprise and Employment, 65a Adelaide Road, Dublin 2. (where applicable)

 

 

Applications for Training Programme

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