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RCSI Open Day Gives Students a Taste for Medicine

04 January 2010

Approximately 500 students from second-level schools throughout Ireland got a taste for life as a medical, pharmacy and physiotherapy student today at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)’s annual Open Day. 

Picture shows Deirdre Moran, (18) a 6th year student from Our Lady's College,Terenure, Dublin 6 as she examines one of the exhibits.

During the day-long event, Leaving Certificate and A’ Level students met with RCSI staff, students and graduates, to give them an idea of what it is like to study medicine, pharmacy and physiotherapy and take up careers in these areas. A series of talks were held on the range of courses available at RCSI, how to apply to RCSI through the CAO system and information on the Health Professional Admissions Test (HPAT) that was introduced as part of the selection process for EU student applying for medicine in 2009.  An exhibition was hosted by faculties and staff, who were on hand to answer any questions. 

Picture shows Anna Mealy (17) a 5th year student from Loreto Secondary School, Wexford as she views some of the radiography equipment.

Philip Curtis, Head of Admissions at RCSI said “The annual open day provides second level students with a great opportunity to get a sense of life, both academic and social at RCSI.  With talks from staff, current students and graduates, students are able to get a real sense of what life as a medical, physiotherapy or pharmacy student is really like.” 

Picture shows Fiona Liu (17), a 6th year student from Santa Maria College, Ballyroan,Dublin 16 as she views some of the body models.

Information was also available on the wide choice of clubs and societies available in RCSI as well as information on student accommodation, library and sports facilities.  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. 

Picture shows Olimpia Lech, (17) a 5th year student at Dominican College, Griffith Avenue,Drumcondra, Dublin 9 as she tries out Key Hole Surgery demo. Also in picture on left is Hilary Hurley, from the RCSI

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.

Picture shows Seadhna Murphy (16), a 5th Year student from Salerno Secondary School, Salthhill, Co.Galway.