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The Faculty of Military Medicine of Ireland (FMMI) has unequivocally stated its contention that general practice (GP) constitutes the single most significant element of military medical practice. This assertion is based on the congruence of the professional characteristics that define both disciplines, which include in the case of military medicine (MM):
The following principles have guided and shaped the development of the training programme in military medicine:
The core curriculum of specialist training in military medicine is composed of the following elements:
Initial Specialist Training will follow a common pathway with existing GP training programmes. Trainees in MM will have a small additional commitment during this period which will be covered by the NCHD educational leave allowance.
Higher Specialist Training will be conducted over 3 years, 2 years for general practice training and one additional with full focus on military medicine.
The FMMI and the Defence Forces Medical Corps are committed to ensuring the trainee in military medicine has a worthy training experience that more than prepares them to function as a primary care practitioner to both military and civilian population.
Military medicine trainees will be fully integrated with their civilian counterparts in a parent GP scheme. This will ensure an enduring influence is exerted by those in civilian general practice, and will ground the evolving values of trainees in both civilian and military contexts.