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With a remit that extends across three
continents and four medical schools in
Dublin, Bahrain, Penang and Perdana
University in Kuala Lumpar, the primary
objective of RCSI's School of Medicine
is to be rated as the best in clinical
teaching, medical practice and research,
both nationally and internationally. To
achieve this, the School is dedicated
to optimising the quality of students it
accepts, the quality of the programmes it
delivers and the success of its graduates
and postgraduates.
Focus on vertical integration
Early in 2014, the School of Medicine
initiated a process aimed at enhancing
vertical integration within the core
medical curriculum, i.e., ensuring that
those responsible for teaching delivery
in individual cycles are fully informed
of what's being taught across junior,
intermediate and senior cycles thereby
intensifying continuity and consistency,
while strengthening efficiencies. Working
groups were established in four key areas:
Clinical Competencies defining the
appropriate competence levels at each
stage of the student journey;

Molecular Medicine/genomics
assessing the appropriate levels of
information to be provided in a rapidly
developing area of knowledge;

Psychology and Mental Health
ensuring that leading edge knowledge
of psychology and mental health are
fully integrated and co-ordinated
within all aspects of teaching delivery
throughout course duration; and,

Professionalism defining and
developing the concept of medical
professionalism for students, both its
cognitive base and its required skills.
The Working group on Molecular
Medicine and the Working group on
Psychology and Mental Health have
already reported with recommendations.
A fifth working group, focusing on
Cardiovascular Disease, is to be
established shortly.
Advancing deployment of simulation
in teaching
Sustained investment in simulation and
simulation technologies has continued
with the acquisition of two SimMan 3g
adult patient simulators. These simulators
provide trainers and students with state-
of-the-art technology for the teaching of
clinical scenarios.
In addition, under the direction of the
Health Professionals Education Centre
(HPEC), and with input from RCSI
Educator in Residence, Professor Frank
Coffey, an innovative project is underway
to establish a cohort of trained simulated
patients, i.e. individuals who are trained
to replicate the symptoms, traits and
behaviours of real patients for training
and assessment purposes.
As part of the project, the HPEC team
is working with Professor John O'Byrne
in coaching simulated patients to
participate in a study at the Department
of Orthopaedics, Cappagh Hospital. This
work will help establish metrics for the
assessment of outcomes delivered by the
educational use of simulation, which can
subsequently inform the development
of a comprehensive vision of the role of
simulation in education.
Deeper engagement across clinical
sites nationally
Complementing the vertical integration
strategy, extensive work has been carried
out in deepening engagement with our
the growth of the rcsi faculty of medicine over the past 15 years, coupled with international
academic developments, has led to a strategic re-structuring, informed by models in other higher
education institutions, of the role of dean of the faculty of medicine & health sciences. the
result is the creation of the separate role of head of the school of medicine to which professor
arnold hill, head of department of surgery, was appointed in november 2013.
guided by an ethos founded on the principle that the patient's interest is paramount in clinical
teaching, medical practice and research, the school of medicine, managed and supported
by the staff of rcsi's clinical science and health science departments, leads the delivery
and continuous improvement of the core medical degree programmes, ensuring excellence
in medical education and training and enabling the continued evolution of the core medical
curriculum and course as a premier medical programme.
Professor Arnold Hill,
Head of the School of Medicine