Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn


The Department contributes to teaching in the Schools of Medicine across the RCSI teaching sites in Dublin, Bahrain and Perdana as well as courses delivered in the Schools of Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and Nursing in Dublin.

The department is committed to the provision of progressive and innovative teaching that is patient-centred and student-centred. Students benefit from the richness of expertise available within the department, which includes basic science and clinical microbiology. Excellence in medical education continues to be a key focus of the department with several members of the department holding a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Professions Education. The department is at the forefront of technology enhanced learning approaches for students which include the development of podcasts, online quizzes, and interactive in-class and online teaching materials.

Medicine teaching

The department delivers teaching in two semesters in the intermediate cycle of the Direct Entry (undergraduate) Medicine programme and in the second year of the Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) programme.

In the undergraduate programme, semester one teaching is focused on foundations in microbiology. This learning is then elaborated upon in the context of infections that affect the various body systems (eg infection of cardiovascular, respiratory, central nervous system system etc.). Microbiology is delivered similarly in the GEM programme with microbiology content delivered in a number of coordinated systems-based modules. In addition the department delivers tutorial-based microbiology teaching for the United State Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE).

Pharmacy teaching

The department delivers teaching in the first and second years of the five-year integrated Masters in Pharmacy (MPharm) programme. Microbiology teaching in first year is focused on the basic features and processes important to bacteria, fungi and viruses and the contribution of micro-organisms to human health. This knowledge is then elaborated upon in the second year where students learn how microorganisms contribute to the development of infection, the clinical features and diagnosis of the infections they cause and approaches to effective prevention, management and treatment of infections.

Multidisciplinary and inter-professional teaching

The department is at the forefront of development of multidisciplinary teaching within the Medicine and Pharmacy programmes. These sessions are centred on clinical cases and are delivered by clinicians and experts from different disciplines relevant to the case. We also recently led the development of the first ever inter-professional education event between Microbiology, Pharmacy and Medicine. This was a one-day workshop centred on the management of a patient with endocarditis. Students enjoyed the interactive and practical elements of the session, learned new skills in interdisciplinary communication and more importantly made new relationships with other future healthcare professionals at an early stage of their careers.

Inter-professional education workshop, which took place in RCSI recently.

Safe patient care

Foundation Course in Infection Prevention and Control, RCSI, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin

The annual Safe Patient Care Course is run jointly between the Department of Clinical Microbiology, RCSI and the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC). The four-day course is aimed at frontline healthcare workers who are not infection prevention and control specialists. Since 2010, over 1200 healthcare staff from both acute and non-acute settings have attended this course. Further information is available at