Education + Training


Training Programme Co-Chairs:

  • Dr Maria Byrne, Dublin
  • Dr James Gibney, Dublin

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 Irish Endocrine Conference, there is the opportunity to meet with the visiting Novo Nordisk Professor. This is an opportunity to discuss clinical or laboratory issues in an informal setting.

SpR Diabetes and Endocrinology Training Meetings

  • Two annual SPR residential meetings take place each year.
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology meetings are in Spring and Autumn each year.
  • Diabetes meeting is supported by Novo Nordisk.

Working in the USA

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

Training Bursaries

Sanofi Grant

  • SpRs will receive information on how to apply for the Sanofi Grant.

Novo Nordisk Grant

  • Novo Nordisk offer travelling fellowships. Applications will be considered  by a panel from the Irish Endocrine Society.