Education + Training


Training Programme Co-Chairs:

  • Professor Chris Thompson, Beaumont, Dublin
  • Professor Domhnall O’Halloran, CUH, Cork

The Irish Endocrine Society (IES) maintains close links with the Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus Specialist Training Committee (STC) of the Irish Committee for Higher Medical Training (ICHMT) (the training body). Trainees, trainers and National Specialty Directors (NSD) are usually members of the Irish Endocrine Society. The main meeting of the STC is held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the IES.

In the training year 2011/2012 there were 31 trainees in the Endocrinology training programme. The majority of these (20) were in clinical training posts in Ireland with the remainder in research posts or clinical posts out of Ireland. The first Endocrinology trainee to have trained in Ireland received his Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Specialist Training (CSCST) in 1999. By the end of the 2011/2012 training year 28 trainees had been awarded their CSCST and the majority (22) were in Consultant posts in Ireland.

The Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus Training Programme is overseen by the NSD(s) in conjunction with the STC, which includes all trainers and a trainee representative.  It is administered by staff from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. The tasks undertaken by the NSD include End-of-Year assessments of all trainees, periodic inspections of all training sites to ensure suitability for training, co-ordination of study days, oversight of the recruitment and selection process for new trainees, periodic review of the curriculum, chairing of STC meetings and preparation of an Annual Specialty Training Committee Report. The NSDs report to the training body (ICHMT) and represent the specialty at meetings of the ICHMT.

The Endocrinology Training Programme with generous support from partners in the pharmaceutical industry offers 3 annual research bursaries to Endocrinology trainees. The process of selection of candidates for these research bursaries involves a written submission of a plan of research and a competitive interview. In the past successful applicants have gone on to secure external funding from UK funding agencies including the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council.

Further information can be obtained from


Northern Ireland

Training Programme:

Dr Steven Hunter, Belfast

There are 12 Specialty Training posts in the Northern Ireland Deanery, which is coordinated by the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA).

Dr Steven Hunter is the current Training Programme Director and chair of the Specialty Training Committee.  It is possible and encouraged to take time out of programme to participate in research although separate funding is required.

Further information can be obtained from


Education Programme

Training Curriculum

Please find attached a copy of the new training curriculum for Diabetes and Endocrinology SpRs

Download the Training Curriculum

HSE subscribed Training Abroad Scheme

SpRs will receive information on how to apply for the HSE subscribed Training Abroad Scheme.

Meet the Professor

At the IES Conference there is an opportunity to meet with the invited Hadden Lecturer.

SpR Diabetes and Endocrinology Training Meetings

  • Two annual SPR residential meetings take place each year, one in spring and one in autumn.

Working in the USA

To obtain information about working the USA as part of your training visit the following url:

European Board Examination in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

The UEMS, in collaboration with the ESE, is pleased to announce the launch of European Board Examination in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. Irish Endocrine Society members have played a prominent role in the development of the exam. Professor Graham Roberts is UEMS Chairman of the examination and Dr Durkan is the President of the UEMS Board for Endocrinology. Dr Maeve Durkan and Professor Graham Roberts have been involved in considerable work to ensure the success of this project and of Irish Endocrine Society involvement in Europe.

This new clinical exam is designed to be relevant to candidates from a broad range of European countries, helping to standardise clinical education in the field and enable candidates to achieve international recognition of their expertise.

The examination is a computer-based and consists of multiple choice questions based on clinical scenarios. Questions will assess candidates’ medical knowledge, as well as competency in diagnosis, investigation, management and prognosis. The first exam was held on 6 June 2018 with cost of the exam €750. It is anticipated that the examination will occur in the summer of each year with registration occurring in approximately February and closing on a date in approximately March.

Further details and the registration process can be found on the following web pages:


As growing internationalism provides opportunities for clinicians to work abroad, the importance of universally recognisable standards that differentiate between candidates is increasing. This examination provides endocrinologists throughout Europe with a resource allowing them to stand out and gain recognition for their abilities.

UEMS and ESE are providing European clinical endocrinologists with the opportunity to assess their competence and receive certification endorsed by both organisations.

The examination is computer-based, with multiple choice questions presenting clinical scenarios which assess candidates’ medical knowledge as well as competency in diagnosis, investigation, management and prognosis. The examination can be taken at independently operated assessment centres across Europe.

Standardising Education

In response for calls to standardise education across Europe UEMS and ESE have developed this examination for candidates to gain internationally standardised recognition of their clinical expertise. The examination is high quality, clinically relevant and accessible across Europe, allowing candidates to take part without the need for unnecessary travel costs.