Education + Training


Training Programme Co-Chairs and National Speciality Directors:

  • Professor Fidelma Dunne, Galway
  • Dr. Ronan Canavan, Dublin

The Irish Endocrine Society (IES) maintains close links with the Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus Specialist Training Committee (STC) of the Institute of Medicine (formerly known as Irish Committee for Higher Medical Training (ICHMT)) as the recognised 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 (IoM) and represent the specialty at meetings of the IoM.

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Northern Ireland

Training Programme:

  • Dr Hamish Courtney

Specialty training posts in the Northern Ireland Deanery are coordinated by the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA).

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

Meet the Professor

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

SpR Diabetes and Endocrinology Training Meetings

SPR meetings will be held periodically throughout the academic year as notified by IoM and / or NIMTDA

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.

This 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. Attached link to sample examination

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.