RCSI My Health Transition Year Programme
Monday the 9th – Friday 13th of January Jack Kelly, TY, attended the RCSI MyHealth Transition Year Programme at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).This programme was designed by the RCSI in conjunction with Beaumont Hospital and was run at two locations; The RCSI in St Stephens Green and in Beaumont Hospital. The function of this programme was to give Transition Year students an insight into the field of medicine.
At 9am on Monday registration took place at the RCSI. We were then welcomed by Professor Arnie Hill, Head of the RCSI School of Medicine and also a surgeon in Beaumont Hospital who outlined the programme timetable to us. We were also advised that at least five of us would faint throughout the week! The topics covered included: Brain and heart surgery, mental health, Superbugs, Trauma, Paediatrics, Forensic Medicine and Pathology. The subjects were covered by experts who specialised in their fields. Many of the lectures also contained very graphic images which many found very uncomfortable and indeed a few people even fainting!
During our time in Beaumont Hospital we also got to watch surgeries on the Gall bladder, Tonsillectomy, The Heart and Brain and a Caesarean Section, which were also live streamed on social media to those who missed out on a place in the programme. I heard that some students in our school even watched them! Furthermore we got to experience some practical workshops. We were split into different groups and got to experience some areas of medicine first hand, such as Genetics and Medicine, Surgical Training, Dispensing drugs and, Thrombosis and Haemostasis. In addition, we got to use prototype equipment which will be used in training the doctors of the future. This included virtual reality theatres where you can walk around, and perform surgery on animated patients.
The week spent on the course was very enjoyable. It gave me an insight into the fascinating world of medicine and the highly skilled professionals that are working in our hospitals. It allowed me to experience medical life and will help me decide on whether a career in medicine is for me. I am privileged to be one of the 184 students picked to attend this course as there were over 1,000 applications many of which were from overseas. I felt it was very beneficial and would highly recommend this course for anyone who is thinking of attending it. Report written by Jack Kelly. Thank you to Ms Cunningham for organising Jacks placement.
University Hospital Sligo
Kate Johnston, Amy Doherty, Ava Fowley and Ava Murray are just back from a very interesting tour and informative session of the medical facilities in University Hospital, Sligo. This event was hosted by the medical facility of NUI Galway. Ms Lynch says it is a great first hand experience for anyone considering a career in medicine.