Specialist Anaesthesia Training Programme

The Specialist Anaesthesia Training (SAT) programme develops world class anaesthetists with specialist clinical knowledge, technical and communication skills and a focus on patient safety and care. Training is structured to maximise opportunities for learning and to provide a broad range of experience in different types of hospitals and various sub-specialties in anaesthesia. Trainees who complete the programme are awarded a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Specialist Training (CSCST), which is accredited by the Medical Council of Ireland.

Programme Structure

Specialist training in Anaesthesia, including Intensive Care and Pain Medicine is a six year Postgraduate Specialist Training programme comprising of training, assessment, formal examination and accreditation. It is organised and regulated by the College. The training combines practical clinical experience, as part of hospital team, along with knowledge and skills based courses.

Key features include:

  • Training takes place in training sites accredited by the College.
  • The programme offers a broad range of experience in different types of hospitals and various different sub-specialties in anaesthesia.
  • Training and Simulation Courses are provided by the College to support learning.
  • A designated Tutor will be assigned to you in each training location.
  • A Lead Anaesthetic Trainee (LAT) is also available to all trainees in each training location.

On the programme, your training takes place in hospitals, where you work as part of the clinical team.  Over the course of the training programme you will train in at least two regional locations in Ireland. Each hospital rotation lasts for a minimum of six months and a maximum of twelve months. Trainees are allocated their hospital locations for the first two years at the start of their training programme. In year 2 the locations for the SAT years 3 – 5 are allocated and in year 4 the location for and SAT 6 is finalised. The College cannot guarantee that trainees will be placed in one of their preferred rotations but we will try to accommodate preferences as much as possible.

The College has a network of Tutors, whose role is to support the trainees and maximise their training opportunities. Trainees report directly to the tutors and their tutor is responsible for supporting them through their training. The Tutors are a key communication link between the College, hospitals and trainees.

Over the course of the training programme the College allocates mandatory training and simulation courses to trainees. As a new trainee on the SAT programme you will be provided with a one day Introduction to Anaesthesia course which outlines the knowledge, skills and behaviors required for the practice of basic anaesthesia. As you move through the training programme there will be opportunities to attend workshops e.g. in Vascular Access and Difficult Airways. There are also simulation courses available in various areas of anaesthesia e.g. Crisis in Obstetrics and Paediatrics.

During each six month rotation every trainee (SAT 1 – 6) has a formal In-training Assessment which is conducted by the Tutor and held in the hospital. At the end of each training year all trainees (SAT 1 – 6) have an Annual Review, which is conducted by the Director of Training and usually held in the College.

Apply for Programme

  • Application for the Specialist Anaesthesia Training (SAT) programme is only through the College’s centralised appointment process.
  • Candidates complete the online application form and submit supporting documents as requested.
  • There is no retrospective credit for anaesthesia experience completed outside the SAT programme.
  • Candidates must be successful at the shortlisting process in order to be called for interview.
  • Interviews are organised by the College with faculty representation from all training hospitals.
  • Successful candidates are invited to indicate their preferred region for hospital rotations during SAT years 1 & 2 and we will try to accommodate preferences but it may not always be possible.

Applications for the SAT programme commencing in July 2019 will open in November 2018.

Short list of requirements

  • You must have completed a Medical Degree.
  • You must be eligible for inclusion on the Trainee Specialist Division of the Medical Council Register at the time of application.
  • You must have completed your Internship before the start of the training programme.
  • If you have not completed the entirety of your under-graduate medical training in Ireland, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or US then you will need to provide evidence of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) certificate with an overall band score of 7.0 and minimum score of 6.5 in each of the four domains.

For further information please contact the Training Department on