Transition Year MiniMed programme

The RCSI Transition Year MiniMed Programme takes place annually in RCSI Dublin and RCSI Waterford and offers transition year students the opportunity to experience what it is like to train and work as a doctor.

All sections of the programme are carried out by leading professionals in their respective areas with a wide variety of topics – including general practice, heart surgery, pathology, paediatrics, forensic medicine, transplants, obstetrics and gynaecology being covered during the programme.

Places for both the Dublin and Waterford programmes are allocated by a schools lottery system and student selection is at the school’s discretion; RCSI takes no part in the selection process.

The Dublin Transition Year MiniMed Programme offers a five-day experience for transition year students interested in a career in medicine, and takes place in RCSI, 26 York Street, Dublin 2.

Dates for the 2020 programme will be confirmed in the coming months.

Application process:

Places are allocation by a schools lotto system. In early September 2019 we will email all schools the details on the programme along with the schools lotto registration link. All schools that register through this link will be put into a lotto draw and we will notify all successful/unsuccessful schools in October. Successful schools are offered one place on the programme and it is up to the school who they put forward to participate in the programme.

If you are interested in this programme, we suggest you speak to the Transition Year Coordinator at your school and make him/her aware that you are interested in participating in the programme and ask them to register their interest once they receive the registration link in September 2019.

For more information on the Dublin programme, please email transitionyear@rcsi.ie.

Dublin MyHealth TY programme 2018

The Waterford Transition Year MiniMed programme offers a four-day experience for 120 transition year students from the south-east, interested in a career in medicine. The programme takes place in the HSE/RCSI Education Building at University Hospital Waterford and utilises the nursing school facilities in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) for practical sessions.

The 2019 programme took place from Tuesday, 19 February to Friday, 22 February 2019.

For more information on the Waterford programme, please email joleary@rcsi.ie or carmelryan@rcsi.ie.

Waterford TY programme video

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 medicine.
  2. Can I choose which week to go on the programme? No. The programme is run once a year at a time that suits the RCSI teaching schedule. Due to the large number of teaching staff involved in the programme and the administrative tasks involved, it is not possible to offer alternative dates for the programme.
  3. The programme is five days long, what if I can only attend for two, three or four of the days? You will only be offered a place on the programme if you can attend all five days. If you cannot attend all five days your place will be offered to another student who is available for the full programme.
  4. Will I get paid to take part? No. The programme is work experience, not a job, therefore there is no monetary reward.
  5. I'm not sure yet if I want to do medicine in college; 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.
  6. Will I be working on my own? No. All students follow a similar programme throughout the week so you will be a group of 180 students. For some of the practical classes you will be in smaller groups ranging from 15 to 25 or 30.
  7. Will my teacher visit me during the programme? Teachers are welcome to visit students from their school while they are on the programme. To arrange a visit, contact transitionyear@rcsi.ie.
  8. Can I attend the programme even if my school has different dates for transition year work experience? Ask your school. Some schools are flexible about dates and if you have been offered a place on the programme, your school may give you permission to attend even when the dates they set for work experience are different.
  9. Can my friend, who attends the same school, come on the programme with me? Places on the programme are very limited and we leave it to the individual schools to make the selection of which students will attend the programme.
  10. Has anyone ever been removed from the programme? No, but we do reserve the right to remove students from the programme; however, this is not a decision that we take lightly. Examples of reasons to remove students from the programme include if a student breaches health and safety rules and puts themselves and/or others in danger or if a student is persistently disruptive. If a student is removed from the programme, we will not accept any future applications from students at the same school.
  11. Are there any other reasons why students from a particular school would not be allowed to apply to the programme? Yes. We may make a decision based on other information, such as how the student handled their interactions with staff at RCSI and their behaviour while they were at RCSI and Beaumont Hospital.
  12. 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!"