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Medicine at the Royal College Of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

July 12, 2015 | By | No Comments

Rachel Tan is a medical student at RCSI and in this blog she shares the breakdown of her course and tells us what happens each year and what modules are involved…

Having this opportunity to study medicine in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is one of the best choices I’ve made in my life. I love living a studying in Ireland and being here has given me the chance to attend a well-established medical college with over 200 years of history. RCSI has trained countless skilled and experienced doctors and surgeons now working all around the world. Being able to study medicine, one of the most challenging degrees, in such great college with remarkable achievements in surgery and research can be intimidating, yet exciting!

My course overview

I am currently taking the undergraduate medicine course. RCSI offers five and six year courses for prospective students, dependent on the grades or academic subjects before admission. I was enrolled into the six year course, which includes one year of foundation study. This has been great and as foundation year programme assists students and helped me to keep up to the fast pace of lectures in my first year. The school curriculum is divided into 8 cycles (excluding foundation year).

Year 1: Junior Cycle 1 (JC1), Junior Cycle 2 (JC2)
Year 2: Junior Cycle 3 (JC3), Intermediate Cycle 1 (IC1)
Year 3: Intermediate cycle 2 (IC2), Intermediate cycle 3 (IC3)
Year 4: Senior Cycle 1
Year 5: Senior Cycle 2

I am currently in the Junior Cycle phase and this is a brief description on some of the modules I am taking at the moment:

Junior Cycle 1

Module 1: Fundamentals of Biomedicine 1 (FUN1)
This module is divided into 5 sub modules: Molecular basis of cells, Metabolism, Information processing and transfer (Neuromuscular), Hematopoietic system and introduction to pharmacology.

Module 2: Cardiorespiratory (CVR)
Besides learning the structure and function of the cardiovascular & respiratory system, the upper limb anatomy and thorax is also incorporated into this module.

Module 3: Clinical competencies and Early Patient Contact (CC/EPC)

  • This module is continuous through JC2 and JC3.
  • It focuses on the communication and history taking skills in the cardiovascular, respiratory and gastrointestinal system(for JC1and JC2). Lessons are spilt into demonstration lectures and small group tutorial.
  • At the end of the semester, an OSCE (objective structure clinical exam) is conducted.
  • Students also need to go for GP visits or house visits to understand how patients receive healthcare and how they manage on their chronic illness.

Junior Cycle 2

Module 4: Fundamentals of Biomedicine 2This module is more focus on infection and the role of our immune system to tackles against diseases. Apart from this, this module also includes the anatomy of lower limb.

Module 5: Gastrointestinal & Hepatology (GI/HEP)
This module is about the structure and function of our digestive systems. It also includes the anatomy of the abdomen.

Module 6: Renal, Endocrine, Genitourinary and Breast (REGUB)
This module has a detailed knowledge on the role of renal and endocrine systems in our body. It also incorporates the anatomical, physiological, biochemical and pharmacological knowledge into the systems that are taught in this module.

Module 7: Health Behavior and Patient Safety
This module is about understanding the relationship between psychological, social, developmental and ethical influence in health, behavior and how to provide quality healthcare. It also includes about teaching and learning the importance of the different roles in a working team, how can we incorporated these theories and knowledge clinical. The module is divided in to lectures, individual project, team project and tutorials.

I feel that what is taught in my first year is really comprehensive and it is also beneficial to be able to be able to learn some clinical and history-taking skills from the start of the medical course.

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