The Wellcome-HRB Irish Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) Programme received a high number of quality applications for ICAT fellowships starting in 2019. ICAT is open to trainees in any clinical specialty and can offer flexibility for Fellows with differing clinical training requirements and it is encouraging to see an expansion in the clinical specialties represented by applicants over the past three years (illustrated in chart below).
The Wellcome-HRB ICAT Programme is a unique all-Ireland cross-institutional, comprehensive national PhD programme for clinicians, based at six major Irish universities and their affiliated hospital groups and integrated with postgraduate clinical training. The partner universities are Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Dublin (UCD), National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University College Cork (UCC). ICAT is coordinated by Clinical Research Development Ireland (CRDI) and will prepare graduates for exciting and rewarding careers as clinician scientists.
ICAT appoints Fellows annually to embark upon an exciting programme that incorporates a research PhD, regular peer events, development of core academic, research and clinical skills, and continuing mentorship as they pursue careers in academic medicine. Further information about the ICAT Programme can be found on their website www.icatprogramme.org