Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Transition Years Spend Week in RCSI as Medical Students

18 January 2010

Approximately 150 Transition Year students from 75 schools will begin a week long Mini Med training programme today at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).  The week long interactive programme gives Transition Year students the opportunity to experience what it is like to train and work as a doctor.

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, (avoiding repetition of word surgery) cardiology, forensic medicine, emergency and transplant surgery and psychiatry. 


Pictured are students Sarah Powell. of Loreto St. Stephens Grenn, Dublin and Christopher Devaney, Castleknock College, Dublin.

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

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 3rd 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.”

Pictured was Dr. James Barlow, School of Pharmacy at RCSI with students Parker Shaw of Wesley College, Dublin and Amy Lynch of Loreto, St. Stephens Green, Dublin.

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 medical sciences, surgery, medical and nursing specialties, international health, tropical medicine and leadership and healthcare management. The RCSI Research Institute is one of Ireland’s foremost research centres.  The College has its headquarters in Dublin and is a recognised College of the National University of Ireland.