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Transition Years Spend Week in RCSI as Medical Students

17 January 2011

Approximately 160 Transition Year students from 80 schools began a week-long Mini Med training programme today at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and Beaumont Hospital. The interactive programme gives Transition Year students the opportunity to experience what it is like to train and work as a doctor.

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Pictured (l-r) are transition year students Catherine McDonald from Sancta Maria College, Ballyroan, Dublin 16 and Nick McCarthy from St. Michael's College, Dublin 4.

As part of the programme, students will witness a live operation, attend interactive lectures, gain hands-on training in clinical skills as well as practical experience in medicine and scientific tutorials. Topics covered include human anatomy, cardiology, psychiatry, trauma and orthopaedics.

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Pictured are transition year students at the introductory lectures at the RCSI TY Mini Med programme.

Leading medical professionals from RCSI and Beaumont Hospital will deliver the programme, including Professor Marie Cassidy, State Pathologist and Head of Forensic Medicine, RCSI who will give a lecture on Forensic Medicine.

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Pictured (l-r) are transition year students Michael Ryan, Borris Vocational School, Co. Carlow and Shaunagh Cunningham, Ballymun Comprehensive School, Dublin 9.

Professor Hannah McGee, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, RCSI said "The TY Mini Med programme is a great opportunity for students to gain insight into the world of medicine, science and research. This is the 4th year of the programme and demand for the programme outweighs the number of places available. The participation of leading medical professionals from RCSI and Beaumont Hospital, the use of innovative technology and the practical sessions helps make the learning experience interesting for students as well as providing them with experience of what it is like to train as a medical professional."

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Pictured (l-r) are Shannon O'Grady and Emma Thompson, transition year students from Presentation, Warrenmount, Dublin 8.