Trinity College Dublin
The Trinity College Dublin (TCD) School of Medicine was founded in 1711 and has recently celebrated its tercentenary. Located in Dublin's city centre, students at TCD enjoy an experience like no other on the college's historic campus.
One of TCD's greatest strengths is early clinical exposure. A patient-centered approach is fostered from 1st year, when students begin their exposure to paediatrics by being attached, in pairs, to a family with a newborn. The students visit the family several times throughout the year and monitor the baby's progress and attainment of developmental milestones. In 2nd year, students spend one day a week in hospital mastering the basics of clinical examination and practical clinical skills, with full time hospital placement from 3rd year onwards. The remaining two years are spent learning about the specialist areas of psychiatry, obstetrics/gynaecology, paediatrics and general practice / public health, as well as honing the medical/ surgical skills acquired in 3rd year.
The affiliated hospitals include St. James' Hospital and Tallaght Hospital, alongside smaller hospitals including Naas General Hospital, Peamount Hospital, St. Patrick's Hospital, Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Blackrock Clinic, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, Coombe Womens' and Infants' University Hospital, the Rotunda Hospital and Noble's Hospital on the Isle of Man.
Alongside exposure to a wide variety of clinical specialties, there is a significant emphasis placed on research in TCD. The School of Medicine focuses on 6 main research themes: Cancer, Immunology and Infection, Neurosciences, Genetics, Molecular Medicine and Population Health. Medical students in 2nd year undertake a compulsory research project. The TCD programme is unique in permitting an intercalation after 3rd year, to complete an MSc. in one of the affiliated disciplines, which stands as a major advantage to graduates of the TCD medical programme.
TCD has an unrivalled student life, with its location in the heart of Dublin and an array of extracurricular activities for students to choose from, ranging from the drama and debating societies to architectural, quiz, SciFi and fashion socs! With approximately 40% of the medical class being international and the campus being relatively small in terms of size- a student at TCD is sure to find their niche in no time!