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This medical school offers a five-yearmedicine course with teaching approaches that integrate lectures, practicals, problem-based learning and small-group teaching with early clinical exposure.
In Phase 1 (first year) the theme is ‘Humanity Health and Environment’ which focuses on learning about the structure and function of the body in a healthy state and learning the basics of biomedical and clinical sciences. Furthermore, students are also taught a module on development, behavioural science and ethics.
In Phase 2 (second and third year) the focus shifts to studying the mechanisms and management of disease. Students will also begin learning basic clinical skills and professionalism.Knowledge gained in theearly years is consistently put into clinical contexts to develop clinical reasoning skills early on.
From the third year, clinical exposure expands through extensive placements in a variety of different healthcare settings and students also undertake elective practice modules. After the third year, intercalation is offered to obtain a Master’s degree in an area of interest to the student. Student-Selected Modules are offered throughout the course.
Phase 3 (fourth and fifth years) has a theme of patient-centred evidenced-based medical practice and professional development. In the final year particularly, the focus for students is on preparing for the future practice as a junior doctor.
Trinity College Dublin is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for Medicine (QS World University Rankings 2020). Medicine at Trinity College Dublin is a five-year programme, divided into two main teaching phases.
The first two years involve learning about the biomedical sciences and the theoretical principles underlying how the human body works through a systematic approach. Teaching is a combination of problem-based learning, small group teaching, lectures and practical demonstrations. The modules covered over the span of the first two years include: anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, neurosciences, pharmacology, infection, immunity, molecular medicine, personalised medicine, behavioural sciences, ethics, and medical humanities. Trinity also provide their medical students with early exposure to clinical practice in the first two years, by organising a clinical Family Case Study in year one and a clinical module on the fundamentals of clinical and professional practice in year two. Students also take part in scientific and clinical research in year two in which they may have the opportunity to present their findings at a conference or publish their research in scientific journals.
After completing third year, students have the option to take part in a one-year interacted M.Sc. in a suitable area of biomedical sciences.
Year three to five are clinical based years in which students begin placements in Trinity’s main teaching hospitals, namely St. James Hospital and Tallaght University Hospital which are based in Dublin, as well as in many regional affiliated hospitals. These years prepare each and every student for their Intern year and provide thorough experience in many medical and surgical specialities, which special focus on General Practice, Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Psychiatry. Students continue to receive lectures, tutorials, and exposure to research and public health matters in the clinical years to provide them with a well-rounded teaching and clinical experience.
-by Iffat Khalid, currently studying medicine at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.