Posted on November 6, 2015

RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) has launched a new interactive live-streamed broadcast for second-level students called ‘So You Want To Be A Doctor?’ The broadcast is a three-part series for students in transition, fifth and sixth year who may be considering a career as a doctor. 

The series is presented by Professor Arnold Hill, Head of the School of Medicine, RCSI and will give a unique insight into what life is really like as a doctor by profiling leading healthcare professionals, all of whom began their career by studying medicine. The first episode will be streamed at 6pm on Thursday 19th November.

Over the course of the three episodes Professor Hill will bring viewers to Dublin’s Beaumont and Rotunda Hospitals, on a journey of discovery and get a glimpse into the lives of doctors who specialise in various medical fields. Students will learn about the work of a number of doctors including an obstetrician, a microbiologist, a gastroenterologist, a neurosurgeon and an orthopaedic surgeon and many more.

Prof Hill will present the three-part series

Commenting on the ‘So You Want To Be A Doctor?’ series, Professor Hill said, “I am really excited about this series because it will showcase the various options and specialities open to students who study medicine. We want to show young people what some of these specialities involve and this will go a long way in helping students decide if a career as a doctor is for them. There’s no better way to demonstrate this than to show viewers exactly what a day in the life of each of our doctors is like.”

Students can also get involved in the broadcast as a live-streamed question and answer session will take place at the end of each episode. In this, Professor Hill will address any comments, queries and questions from the students on studying medicine, being a doctor or on what they have seen in the broadcast. Students can send in their comments and questions viaTwitter (@RCSI_Irl) and Facebook using #RCSIBeADoc. Alternatively, they can send them in by email before and on the night to Prof Hill will try to read out and address as many questions as possible live on air.

Professor Hill continued, “From watching this series, students can get a real insight into what the specialty is like and then have the ability to ask questions they may have on what they see in this programme and get them answered in real-time. This way they can make a better-informed decision when filling out their CAO form or if they are just deciding on what career they want to pursue”.

Students can pre-register on the RCSI website at and they will be sent a link to the stream via email on the morning of each broadcast. All they have to do then is click on the link at the time of broadcast to watch the broadcast from a PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet. Or if you do not register in advance, you can still watch the stream on the RCSI website ( or on the College’s Twitter (  and Facebook ( pages.

‘So You Want To Be A Doctor?’ will be broadcast at 6pm on Thursday 19th November 2015, Wednesday 9th December 2015 and Tuesday 19th January 2016.

RCSI is ranked 46th in the world for ‘International Outlook’ and #251 – 300 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2015-2016). It is an international not-for-profit health sciences institution, with its headquarters in Dublin, focused on education and research to drive improvements in human health worldwide.

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