RCSI MiniMed gives 250 TY students a glimpse into life as a medical professional

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Transition year students Lucy Burns and Abigal Wright at RCSI MiniMed 2024.

RCSI welcomed over 250 transition year students from across Ireland this week to take part in its annual Transition Year MiniMed Programme.

The event offers second-level students a unique opportunity to learn from medical experts and get hands-on experience at RCSI’s world-class education facilities. Students were also invited to take part in lectures, workshops and witness real-life surgeries via video, all carried out by leading professionals in their respective areas.  

Now in its 17th year, this event grows in popularity each time. The varied line-up of activities for the week included learning about the experience of a breast cancer patient, an introduction to forensic pathology, a look at the life of a doctor working for Irish football teams and a look at plastic and reconstructive surgeries.

"We were delighted to welcome so many students to RCSI this week," said Dr Sinead Toomey, Academic Lead for the MiniMed programme. "This is a unique opportunity for transition year students to learn about the latest technological innovations in healthcare, as well as hearing from some of Ireland’s top medical professionals.

“This is an inspiring and educational experience for all those who attend and we hope it is the first step for many of them on their journey to becoming the next generation of healthcare professionals."  

In addition to the medical lectures and workshops, transition year students also received broader advice on mental health and completing the HPAT exam.  

RCSI MiniPharm and Mini Physio online programmes also ran as part of the week. Attendees learned what they can look forward to in their potential education and careers as pharmacists, physiotherapists and within the pharmaceutical industry.