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RCSI Open Day 2011 Gives Students a Taste for Medicine

04 January 2011

Approximately 500 students from second-level schools throughout Ireland got a taste for life as a medical, pharmacy and physiotherapy student at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland's (RCSI) annual Open Day which took place on Tuesday, 4th January 2011.

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Pictured is Sinead Kilgarriff (17) from the Bower School, Athlone.


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Pictured are Clincal Tutor Mary Shields from the Dept of Medicine at RCSI facilitating a demo with Laura Carter (15) from Loreto College, Swords.

During the day-long event, Leaving Certificate and A Level students met with RCSI staff, students and graduates, to give them an idea of what it is like to study medicine, pharmacy and physiotherapy and take up careers in these areas. A series of talks were held on the range of courses available at RCSI, how to apply to RCSI through the CAO system and information on the Health Professional Admissions Test (HPAT) that was introduced as part of the selection process for EU students applying for medicine in 2009.  An exhibition was hosted by faculties and staff, who were on hand to answer any questions.

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Pictured is Alice O' Donnell (16), from Birmingham. 

Philip Curtis, Head of Admissions at RCSI said "The annual open day provides second level students with a great opportunity to get a sense of life, both academic and social at RCSI.  With talks from staff, current students and graduates, students are able to get a real sense of what life as a medical, physiotherapy or pharmacy student is really like."

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Pictured is Andrew McKeown (17), from St. Mary's College in Dundalk.

Information was available on the wide choice of clubs and societies available in RCSI as well as information on student accommodation, library and sports facilities.  Other highlights of the day included talks from current students of each of the three courses, who gave their perspectives on studying at RCSI. Students also heard about the experiences of junior doctors, who have graduated from RCSI.

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Pictured are Sadhbh Henegan (18) and Emma Dolan (18), both from Santa Sabina school in Sutton, Dublin.