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Monday, 5th January 2008-Students Get a Taste for Medicine at RCSI Open Day

05 January 2009

 

Hundreds of students from second-level schools around the country got a flavour for life as a medical, pharmacy and physiotherapy student at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)’s annual Open Day today.


Jennifer O’Connell (6th year), Newbridge College, Kildare and Aoife Murphy (6th year), Newbridge College, Kildare, joined hundreds of students from second-level schools around the country to get a flavour for life as a medical, pharmacy and physiotherapy student yesterday at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)’s annual Open Day.

During the day-long event, Leaving Certificate and A’Level students got the chance to chat to staff, graduates and students so they could get an idea of what it is like to study medicine, pharmacy and physiotherapy. A series of informative talks were held on the range of courses available at RCSI and how to apply to RCSI through the CAO system and the new Health Professional Admissions Test (HPAT) that is being introduced as part of the selection process for EU student applying for medicine in 2009. An exhibition was hosted by various faculties and staff, who were on hand to answer any questions.

 
Parvathy Mohandas, Loreto College, Cavan, and Danielle Gumley, Loreto College, Cavan, joined hundreds of students from second-level schools around the country to get a flavour for life as a medical, pharmacy and physiotherapy student yesterday at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)’s annual Open Day.

Philip Curtis, Head of Admissions at RCSI said “The annual open day is probably the best opportunity to get a sense of life at RCSI and the academic programmes it has to offer. The day comprises informative talks by our staff, students and graduates, who are there to facilitate those students who have an interest in pursuing careers in the healthcare area.” 

Students also learned more about life in RCSI and what it has to offer from the wide choice of clubs and societies available, to accommodation, library and sports facilities. An open question and answer session was held for any questions that prospective students about studying at RCSI.


Emer McEntaggart, Loreto Dalkey, takes Rachael Kealy, Loreto Dalkey, pulse as they joined hundreds of students from second-level schools around the country to get a flavour for life as a medical, pharmacy and physiotherapy student yesterday at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)’s annual Open Day.

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.  

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving human health through education, research and service.  Founded in 1784, originally to train surgeons, today it provides extensive education and training in the healthcare professions at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.  The RCSI operates the largest MedicalSchool in Ireland, also providing undergraduate courses in pharmacy and physiotherapy. The College provides an extensive range of postgraduate training and education programmes in the basic medical sciences, surgery, medical and nursing specialties, international health, tropical medicine and leadership and healthcare management. The College has its headquarters in Dublin and is a recognised College of the National University of Ireland.