Transition Year MiniMed programme

The RCSI Transition Year MiniMed programme takes place annually in RCSI and offers transition year students an excellent opportunity to gain experience of what it is like to train and work as a healthcare professional. The programme consists of lectures, practical’s and real-life surgeries via video link to the operating theatre, all of which are carried out by leading professionals in their respective areas. 

This year we have split the programme into three distinct areas MiniMed, MiniPharm, MiniPhysio.  

  • Programme 1: RCSI Transition Year MiniMed – 27 February-1 March, in-person and online delivery   
  • Programme 2: RCSI Transition Year MiniPharm – 2 March 2023, online programme only  
  • Programme 3: RCSI Transition Year MiniPhysio – 3 March 2023, online programme only  

All schools have been notified and have been given an opportunity to register for the programme. The registration link has been shared with TY coordinators. For details, please contact your schools TY coordinator. If your school has not received the registration link please ask the TY coordinator to email and details will be shared.

RCSI does not accept individual student applications. 

Important points to note regarding the Online TY MiniMed/Pharm/ Physio programmes:

  • The school TY coordinator/teacher must complete the registration and consent form on behalf of students and the school. It is not to be completed by individual students.  
  • One registration only per participating school is required.  
  • Student participation and interaction is encouraged through Q&A at sessions. Teachers/TY coordinators must submit questions on the students’ behalf. Questions will be moderated via RCSI so not all questions will be visible.  
  • WeblLinks to attend the online programmes will be shared with the registered TY coordinator/teacher one week prior to event, no sooner
  • The link can only be used once by the school, and is not to be shared with individual students. 
  • We will send out one link to each school registered so it as your discretion how many students watch from the one link/screen. Please only log in once to the link received as numbers allowed on the webinar are limited. Only one computer device is required per school.
  • Each days programme will be from 9am - 2.30pm approx.
  • Schools can now register to participate in all three TY programmes; TY MiniMed, MiniPharm and MiniPhysio and join via the classroom setting with a teacher present.

Should you have any queries about the programme please email Fiona at

Please note RCSI does not accept individual student applications nor offer individual work experience to TY students on our campus or in our affiliated hospitals. 

Frequently asked questions

  1. What is this programme about? The Transition Year MiniMed programme is specifically designed to encourage post-primary students to consider careers in healthcare.
  2. Will I get paid to take part? No. The programme is work experience, not a job, therefore there is no monetary reward.
  3. I'm not sure yet if I want to study medicine; is there any point in my doing this programme? Yes, as long as you like science/medicine! It's usually a good idea to try something first before deciding if it's really what you want to do. You might discover a passion for a particular field of medicine during the programme and it would be a shame to miss the chance to try it out. You might find that it's not what you want to do after all but at least you would know this based on experience rather than an idea of what you think it would be like.
  4. What do students say about the programme? Quotes from past participant include:
  • "I really enjoyed the course especially the sessions where we could discuss the subjects in detail and ask our questions."
  • "This was a great week and provided me with lots of priceless information."
  • "I would definitely recommend this placement to others because it's interesting and you see expensive machines that do some amazing things!"