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 healthcare professional.

In February 2021 and February/March 2022, RCSI hosted an exciting virtual programme. 

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, pharmacy and physiotherapy being covered during the programme.

Registration for the 2023 programme will open later this year in September/October 2022.

Details on how to register for the programme will be sent to all schools in September 2022 and will also be available on this webpage.

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!"