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

Medicine cycles

Foundation Year

The Foundation Year extends over two semesters (starting in early October and extending until June), and provides students with a solid grounding in the biomedical sciences as well as providing them with the necessary IT skills to operate effectively within the College's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The course is delivered as a series of stand-alone and integrated modules with modularised assessment. The Foundation Year programme is structured as follows:

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Medical Physics
  • Pharmaceutical & Medicinal Chemistry
  • Introduction to Human Biology
  • Human Systems I
  • Professionalism in the Health Sciences
  • Biomedical Laboratory Sciences

Semester 2

  • Human Systems II
  • Professionalism in the Health Sciences
  • Introduction to Disease, Diagnostics & Therapeutics
  • Biomedical Laboratory Sciences
  • Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry II

Foundation Year Director: Professor Kevin McGuigan

 

Junior Cycle

The Junior Cycle extends over three semesters from September of the first medical year to December of the second medical year. The course is delivered as systems based modules with modularised assessment. The Junior Cycle comprises 12 modules over three semesters with two longitudinal themes i.e. Health Behaviour and Society, Clinical Competencies.

Semester 1

  • Fundamentals of Biomedicine (1)
  • Cardiorespiratory & Upper Limb (CVR) Clinical Competencies & Early Patient Contact (CC/EPC)

Semester 2

  • Fundamentals of Biomedicine (2)
  • Gastrointestinal & Hepatology (GI/HEP)
  • Renal, Endocrine, Genitourinary & Breast (REGUB)
  • Health Behaviour & Patient Safety (HBPS)
  • Clinical Competencies & Early Patient Contact (CC/EPC)

Semester 3

  • Molecular Medicine (MM)
  • Neuroscience (NS)
  • Evidence Based Health/Population and International Health (EBH/PIH)
  • Clinical Competencies (CC)

Junior Cycle Director: Professor Aidan Bradford

 

Intermediate Cycle

The Intermediate Cycle extends over three semesters. The course is delivered as systems based modules with modularised assessment.

Semester 1

  • Foundations in Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
  • Cardiorespiratory
  • Haematolymphoic Oncology

Semester 2

  • Gastrointestinal & Hepatology
  • Renal, Endocrine, Genitourinary and Breast
  • Central Nervous System, Locomotor, and Forensic
  • Tropical Medicine

Semester 3

  • Clinical Team Attachments
  • Advanced Clinical Skills programme
  • Musculoskeletal programme
  • Student Selected programme

 

Intermediate Cycle Director: Professor Alice Stanton

 

Senior Cycle

The Senior Cycle is delivered over two years. During the first year students are attached on a rotational basis for seven weeks to obstetrics and gynaecology, medicine and surgery, family medicine, psychiatry and eonatal paediatrics.

During the final year students are attached to medicine and surgery disciplines at local, national and international hospitals. Of particular interest to students is the opportunity to shadow a junior hospital doctor in preparation for internship following graduation.

Disciplines covered in the current Senior Cycle comprise:

 

  • Medicine and Surgery
  • Medicine and Surgery of Childhood
  • Obstetrics Neonatal Medicine
  • Psychiatry Family Practice
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oto-rhino-laryngology

 

Director of the Senior Cycle: Professor Gerry McElvaney