Founded in 1784 as the national provider of surgical training in Ireland, RCSI has evolved in the years since to become one of the world’s leading health sciences-focused Universities.
RCSI is Ireland’s only specialist health sciences University and the only Surgical Royal College in the world to offer undergraduate degrees and graduate entry programs in Medicine, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy.
RCSI is an independent, not-for-profit University with a global reach and operations in Ireland, the Middle East, South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
For the last five years, RCSI has maintained its position among the Top 250 Universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.
In terms of societal and global impact in health, RCSI is ranked #1 in the world by THE on the basis of its contribution to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 ‘Good Health and Well-being’.
RCSI has a student body representing over 60 different countries and more than 21,000 alumni working across 94 countries around the world.
RCSI is one of the most internationally-focused medical schools in the world. More than 20% of students undertaking the RCSI medicine degree come from Canada or the United States.
As a student on the RCSI medicine program, you will have the opportunity to learn in Europe’s largest Clinical Simulation Centre. Training suites are designed to mirror the hospital environment and include clinical skills labs, a mock operating theatre and clinical training wards. Avail of state-of-the-art sports facilities and modern on-campus accommodation, as well as having the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of RCSI clubs and societies. Study in the heart of Dublin, one of Europe’s most historic and vibrant capital cities.
Students undertake summer research and/or clinical electives at prestigious universities in Canada and the US including the Johns Hopkins Hospital Group, Columbia University Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic. Students receive unrivaled personal, academic and career supports. RCSI students undertake Residency Pathway Programs for Canada and the US. They also receive intensive support in preparing for both MCCQE and USMLE licensing exams.
RCSI graduates regularly match to competitive specialties in prestigious institutions across Canada and the US, including Cleveland Clinic, Harvard University, McGill University, McMaster University and University of Toronto. The US first round residency match rate for the RCSI Class of 2020 was 92%.
At RCSI, their history meets cutting-edge technology. Their city-center campus is located right in the heart of Dublin and is built to meet the needs of current and future students. The campus is easily accessed by public transport and surrounded by cultural hotspots, shops, cafés and restaurants. Countless healthcare careers have been launched at its Dublin Campus over the last 240 years and this still remains an incredible place to study to become a healthcare professional.
RCSI's flagship 26 York Street building is the most advanced clinical healthcare simulation center in Europe – it is an award-winning teaching, research and recreational facility spanning 10 floors. The centerpiece of this building is the 12,000 sq. ft. multi-disciplinary National Surgical & Clinical Skills center, the first of its kind outside the United States. This center is designed to mirror a real hospital, with surgical and training suites including clinical skills labs, a mock operating theatre and clinical training wards. The specialist health science library spans three floors to ensure their students have access to the facilities and resources required to become the best healthcare professional and the sports center and gym in the basement of the building ensure students can comfortably fit in a workout between study sessions. RCSI's 123 St Stephen's Green building is one of the most iconic buildings in Dublin city center. One of the most significant learning spaces on campus is here in the original building, the Anatomy Room. It has been in the same location since it first opened in 1812. Students will also find some of the large lecture theatres, payer rooms, meditation spaces, exam halls and careers and student services at 123 St. Stephen’s Green.
RCSI has a strong IT platform, including a virtual learning environment called Moodle. Moodle facilitates online curriculum mapping and assessment and assists self-directed learning in the four-year program.
Throughout the program, each student has a designated academic mentor to assist with his or her understanding of the curriculum.
Exposure to the hospital setting occurs progressively from the end of the second year. The hospital attachments program begins with an introductory clinical course in the final term of the second year, comprising lectures, clinical demonstrations and bedside tutorials. From the beginning of the third year, students attend hospitals, taking rotations in Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Community Health, General Practice and Ophthalmology/Otolaryngology.
RCSI offers a contemporary medicine curriculum with a strong focus on early patient contact, the acquisition of excellent clinical, technical and communications skills, and on your development as a medical professional.
RCSI offers a five- and six-year Undergraduate Medicine program, as well as a four-year Graduate Entry Medicine program, at our Dublin City Centre campus. So, whatever your academic background or experience to date, RCSI has a medicine program that meets your needs.
During your early years studying Medicine at RCSI, you will obtain a solid grounding in the biomedical sciences and you will learn about the body structure and functions in its normal state. You will study anatomy with expert surgeons and other healthcare professionals through regional cadaveric dissection.
The intermediate years of your medicine program will focus on learning about abnormal bodily functions and you will participate in a wide array of clinical skills workshops, small group tutorials and case-based teaching sessions. A lot of your time will be spent in a hospital setting attached to clinical teams. The final years of the medical program are spent fully immersed in various clinical specialties on a rotational basis.
RCSI is committed to producing clinically skilled doctors with the most relevant and robust experience required to work in today’s health systems. Throughout your time at RCSI, you will have the opportunity to develop your clinical, communication and professional skills in a safe, simulated environment in Europe’s largest and most modern clinical simulation facility and by training in Ireland’s leading hospitals. We also provide you with many opportunities to build your career outside of the classroom through research and clinical electives as well as sub-internships.
Please note: undergraduate medicine programs in Ireland are traditionally six years in duration. You may be exempt from Year 1 and complete the program in five years, depending on your high school or college qualifications (e.g. if you have completed enough science credits in the early years of an undergraduate degree program).
For more detailed program information, please visit the RCSI website.
RCSI was the first medical school in the Republic of Ireland to introduce a Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) program in 2006, enabling students from a range of undergraduate backgrounds to study medicine. The curriculum is delivered over four cycles: Junior, Intermediate, Senior 1 and Senior 2.
The core biomedical sciences, medical sciences, behavioral sciences, and clinical competencies form the basis of system-based teaching and learning in the Junior and Intermediate Cycles. The two Senior Cycle years concentrate on the delivery of clinical medicine and its sub-specialties.
In your first year as a GEM student, you will be taught in a dedicated teaching facility on the main St Stephen’s Green campus, while in the second year you will spend most of your time in RCSI’s dedicated teaching space at Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown in Dublin. In your final two years, you will be on clinical rotations in a variety of hospitals and GP practices in Dublin and throughout the country.
As an RCSI GEM graduate, you will be ‘career ready’. In fact, your clinical skills training starts from day one of the program, with simulated patient sessions being a weekly feature of the curriculum.
For more detailed program information, please visit the RCSI website.
Your eligibility for the Five-Year or Six-Year Undergraduate Medicine program will depend on your academic background including the courses you have taken and your level of achievement. Also, the standardized examinations you have taken can be highly relevant e.g. IB. As explained earlier, candidates who have completed one or more years of college/ university are usually considered for the Five-Year Undergraduate Medicine program.
For more detailed information on prerequisites to join RCSI as an undergraduate medical student, please visit the RCSI website.
To be eligible for the Four-Year Graduate Entry Medicine program students are required to have completed their degree program prior to September of the year of entry and must also have taken the MCAT.
Applicants who pass RCSI’s initial evaluation will be invited to an online interview. Atlantic Bridge will provide specific guidance on your eligibility based on the information you submit on your Application Request Form.
RCSI has been educating North American students since the 1970’s. The University has an alumni network in North America in excess of 2,000 doctors, many of whom are working in some of the most prestigious hospitals and healthcare institutions in the USA and Canada.
RCSI understands that, for most North American students, the priority is to secure a competitive residency and get back to North America after graduation. RCSI faculty and students work together to ensure that candidates are completely ready when applying for residency and consistently secure residency placements at elite programs in North America. A list of these placements can be found on the RCSI Prospectus 2021 .
To ensure that their students are successful in returning to North America after graduation, RCSI provides a variety of resources many of which sit with the CoMPPAS Office (Centre of Mastery: Personal Professional & Academic Success).
The CoMPPAS office is home to a dedicated multi-disciplinary team of specialists working collaboratively to facilitate and empower students to achieve their personal, academic and professional goals. The services provided by CoMPPAS are available to all students, allowing them to maximize their potential and enhance their performance. Careerhub is an online platform which provides access to the students’ career portfolio, resources, events, workshops and consultations. This provides the platform for the University to work with the students individually to develop a bespoke career strategy for residency.
Everything is designed around the needs of each one of the students and particular supports are given to the ones wishing to return and practice in North America. Not only do the CoMPPAS Team at RCSI support the students throughout their journey at the University, they also provide support to their graduates for up to 3 years postgraduation.
Beaumont Hospital is the College’s principle training and research centre, with 730 beds and approximately 60 patients admitted each day. The James Connolly Memorial Hospital has 350 beds and extensive grounds with buildings spread out over 138 acres of land. Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital was founded in 1939 by the Medical Missionaries of Mary and now provides general and maternity services to the northeast of Ireland, treating 200,000 patients annually.
For the clinical teaching of obstetrics and gynecology, the College’s staff and students work in Dublin’s oldest maternity hospital, the Rotunda Hospital. Students also attend the National Maternity Hospital and the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital. For pediatrics and neonatal medicine, students attend Our Lady’s Childrens Hospital, Crumlin and the Temple Street Children’s University Hospital in Dublin.
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