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Tuesday 27th March 2007 - Conclusion of RCSI 2007 Mini-Med School

27 March 2007

The final night of the highly popular Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland’s (RCSI) Mini-Med School was held today. The Mini-Med School is an informative and entertaining public education programme for people who are interested in learning more about medicine, health and the delivery of healthcare in Ireland. A record number of approximately 300 people attended this years event.

Dr. Kevin McGuigan and Ms. Elaine Glynn at the final night of the RCSI Mini Med School 2007

Run over a ten-week period from 16th January to 27th March, the RCSIMini-MedSchool comprised a series of lectures delivered by Ireland’s leading healthcare experts. The event comprised of two lectures, one evening per week on a broad range of medical and health related matters including sexual health, forensics, pathology, anatomy, cardiovascular medicine, psychiatry, cancer, medical ethics and law.


Pictured from l to r are Ms Lucy Hyland and Jan Keating

The first evening’s lecture examined Psychiatry and Schizophrenia and was delivered by Prof. Kieran Murphy, Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, RCSI and Prof John Waddington, Professor of Neuroscience, RCSI.


Pictured from l to r are Ms Máire Dowling; Mr. Max Miller; Dr. Maria Morgan; Dr. Kevin McGuigan; Ms. Lyvia Curran and Ms Marjorie Wright-Goff.

Week two saw the State Pathologist and RCSI Professor of Forensic Medicine, Dr Marie Cassidy deliver a lecture on the fascinating areas of Forensics and Pathology with Professor David Croke, Professor of Biochemistry, RCSI following with a talk on DNA fingerprinting.


Pictured from l to r are Ms. Amanda McGuiness; Ms. Mary Flaherty and Ms. Margaret Madden.

In the following weeks a number of topical issues were also addressed such as stress related illness, heart disease and sexual health. Previous years have attracted widespread public interest with demand for places far outstripping availability.


Pictured from l to r are Mr. Emmanuel Sweeney; Ms. Lisa Riordan; Ms Erica Jewitt and Mr. Donal Murray.

Speaking on the event, Dr Kevin McGuigan, Director of the RCSIMini-MedSchool said, “Mini-Med school offers a rare opportunity for people to learn more about health related issues from leading experts and to gain an insight into medical terminology, medical research and patient care. The lecture programme aims to introduce the science of medicine to a wider audience and provide the public with general medical and health related information.”


Pictured from l to r are Ms. Elena Okharedia and Ms. Pauline Byrne, 19

“In an age of increased patient participation and greater health awareness the course serves as an important self-empowerment tool for the general public. No medical or science background is required and there is no homework and no exam, all you need is a sense of curiosity and a few free evenings.” he concluded.


Mini-Med school forms part of the RCSI Outreach strategy which aims to increase awareness of health related issues in the general public. This is the fourth time for RCSI to host this novel educational event, which was originally introduced to Ireland in 1997.