Western Training Scheme in General Practice

10 October 2017
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Prospectus 2017

Address: Western Training Scheme in General Practice, The Nurses Home, University College Hospital, Galway.
Tel: 091 544 253/521 519
Fax: 091 521 519
Email: gptraining.uchg@hse.ie

Programme Director: Dr Genevieve McGuire (Mobile: 087 4175133, Tel: 061 921054 (Tuesday am and Thursday am)
Assistant Programme Directors: Dr Anne Marie Regan, Dr Pat Durcan (Mobile: 087 2566331), Dr Eamonn O'Shea, Dr John McCormack, Dr Maureen Kelly


The aim of the Western Training Scheme in General Practice is to prepare doctors for a life in general practice in Ireland. To this end, the programme offers four years of a series of appropriate posts in hospital and general practice, with a weekly release programme during term time so that on completion graduates are equipped to embark on a career in general practice. They are also entitled to sit the membership examination of the Irish College of General Practitioners and ultimately gain entry to the specialist register of General Practitioners of the Medical Council of Ireland which in turn gives an entitlement to enter into all state contracts, i.e. GMS (Medical Card Scheme) in general practice in Ireland and across the EU.

The principles underlying every aspect of the programme are those of adult learning. The day release course is learner-centred, problem-based and self-resourced in a small group setting.


The Western Training Scheme in General Practice offers four years structured training with an intake of 18 trainees per year. New entrants take up post on the second Monday of July each year, commencing with two years of hospital posts comprising four or six month rotations in A+E, obstetrics and gynaecology, psychiatry, paediatrics, medicine and geriatrics. The remaining 24 months are spent in general practice in 2 different training practices. Each trainee will have an opportunity to spend some portion of training outside Galway city.

Release course

All trainees spend either a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon in Case Discussion, Journal and Topic Presentation. In addition, trainees based in general practice have a morning programme which covers consultation skills, research skills, ENT, ophthalmology, dermatology, therapeutics and practice management. The release course also incorporates a family planning theoretical module for certification purposes. The Day Release Programme for fourth year trainees focuses on identifying and addressing the individual learning needs of participants through the use of personal learning plans.

For further information, please contact Aoife, Programme Administrator, at GP Training Office, Nurses Home, University College Hospital, Galway, Tel: 091 521519 or 091 544253.

ICGP GP Trainee Recruitment Application & Information Session

Representatives of the Western Training Scheme in General Practice will be present at the ICGP GP Trainee Recruitment Application & Information Session at the Convention Centre, on 02 November 2019. 

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