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RCSI welcomes new cohort of students at Orientation Week 2014

08 September 2014
This week RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) welcomed 470 new students to the College to study Medicine, Physiotherapy and Pharmacy at Orientation Week 2014 which ran from Monday 8th until Thursday 11th September.

Pictured (far right) is Emily O'Brien and Sandra Bonetto (Student Services) at registration with some new students

This year's undergraduate intake of 385 medical students, 55 pharmacy students and 30 physiotherapy students come from Ireland and a host of other countries across Europe, North America, Australia, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. 60 of these students will then go on to study at Penang Medical College (PMC) after completing their pre-clinical programme in Dublin.

Pictured (l-r) is Derek Gordon, Fionnuala Leddy, and Aoife Gordon with Prof. Clive Lee, Dept of Anatomy, RCSI
Professor Hannah McGee, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, RCSI greeted the new intake of students with an opening address on Monday, welcoming the new students to RCSI. Further welcome speeches were delivered by Philip Curtis, Associate Director of Admissions and Student Services and Dr Orna Tighe, Vice Dean for Student Support & Development. Students were then introduced to academic and administrative staff of the College, as well as other aspects of student life at RCSI such as the Students' Union, Clubs and Societies and library services within the College. 

School of Pharmacy prize winners with the RCSI academic staff after the ceremony

Later on the Monday Professor Cathal Kelly, CEO/Registrar, RCSI gave an overview of the College in the O'Flanagan Lecture Theatre, followed by a unique perspective on RCSI and some of its distinguished graduates, presented by Professor Clive Lee, Head of the Department of Anatomy. This was followed by the special ‘President's Reception' for students and their families in the College Hall and Boardroom. This event gave new students the opportunity to meet with Mr Declan Magee, President of RCSI and a number of other academics and staff.

The 2014 Buddy Programme also got underway with second and third year pharmacy, physiotherapy and medical students volunteering to act as ‘buddies' for the new students this year. The Buddies provide an invaluable resource in the form of friendly, knowledgeable and experienced students, who welcome the new students to RCSI for the first time and provide them with first-hand knowledge about the college, the courses, extra-curricular activities and student life in Dublin. 

Pictured (l-r) in their new White Coats is Farah Adamali, Alison Cameron-Vendrig, Justin Greco and Jodie Odame.
The White Coat Ceremony is a significant event for our new undergraduate students as it symbolises the professional nature of the careers on which they are about to embark. The evening also comprises of an awards ceremony for over 50 students who achieved excellence to date, together with some short presentations by students and members of Faculty. Exam Hall, Royal College of Sureons in Ireland, Dublin. Pic: Ray Lohan

This week the new students also received their Apple Mac Book Air 13" laptops, provided by the IT Department and got set up on the RCSI network and collect their student cards.

On Tuesday 9th September, the Annual Undergraduate Prize-Giving Ceremony was held in conjunction with a White Coat Ceremony in the Exam Hall. The White Coat Ceremony is a welcome event for new undergraduate students which symbolises the professional nature of the careers on which they are about to embark. The evening also comprised of an awards ceremony for students from Foundation Year through to Senior Cycle in RCSI who achieved excellence to date, together with some short presentations by students, the Dean and members of Faculty. The ceremony was live streamed so that families and friends of students attending the White Coat Ceremony will be able to follow proceedings.

Head of the School of Medicine, Professor Arnold Hill (right) was on hand to welcome the new members ofthe RCSI family at the White Coat Ceremony

The week-long orientation doesn't end there as this week is also Fresher's Week for the students. There are a number of social events organised for students including sign-up day for the multitude of Clubs & Societies in the College on Wednesday 10th September; the Fresher's Festival on Thursday in the RCSI sports grounds in Dardistown and then a ballad session on Friday in Dublin's Vicar St venue to close the week, to name but a few. The week's activities and events are being organised by various departments across the College including Admissions, Student Services, Student Academic and Regulatory Affairs (SARA), and staff from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences as well as the Student's Union.

RCSI is a not-for-profit health sciences institute which focuses on education and research to drive positive change in all areas of human health worldwide. RCSI is headquartered in Dublin and is a recognised College of the National University of Ireland. In 2010, RCSI was granted independent degree awarding status by the State, which enables the College to award degrees alongside its traditional powers to award licentiates.