I completed the Master of Surgery programme in 2020 with the topic of my thesis being head and neck cancer in the elderly population of Ireland. I completed my thesis during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and the support I received from the college during this uncertain time was superb.
The primary feature of the MCh programme from which I continue to benefit in my current practice is the instruction I received in research methodology – from designing a protocol to performing and interpreting my own statistical analysis, I was encouraged from the outset to undertake original research and provided with the tools I needed to make this a reality.
The support of both clinical and methodological supervisors further aids the prospective candidate.
The programme also features a heavy emphasis on topics of immense value to the surgeons of tomorrow – ethical practice in surgical care, management and leadership in surgery, and the process of innovating medical devices, to name but a few.
I can wholeheartedly recommend the MCh programme in RCSI as a stepping stone for anyone considering a career in surgery.
Gerard Sexton, Master of Surgery, Class of 2020