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This medical school offers a five-yearmedicine course with teaching approaches thatintegrate lectures, practicals, problem-based learning and small-group teaching withearly clinical exposure.
In Phase 1 (first year) the theme is ‘Humanity Health and Environment’ which focuses onlearning about the structure and function of the body in a healthy state and learningthe basics of biomedical and clinical sciences. Further more, students are alsotaught a module on development, behavioural science and ethics.
In Phase 2 (second and third year) the focus shifts to studying the mechanisms andmanagement of disease. Students will also begin learning basic clinical skills andprofessionalism.Knowledge gained in theearly years is consistently put into clinicalcontexts to develop clinical reasoning skills early on.
From the third year, clinical exposure expands through extensive placements in a varietyof different healthcare settings and students also undertake elective practice modules.After the third year, intercalation is offered to obtain a Master’s degreein an area of interest to the student. Student-Selected Modules are offered throughoutthe course.
Phase 3 (fourth and fifth years) has a theme of patient-centred evidenced-based medicalpractice and professional development. In the final year particularly, the focus forstudents is on preparing for the future practice as a junior doctor.
Trinity College Dublin is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world forMedicine (QS World University Rankings 2020). Medicine at Trinity College Dublin isa five-year programme, divided into two main teaching phases.
The first two years involve learning about the biomedical sciences and thetheoretical principles underlying how the human body works through a systematicapproach. Teaching is a combination of problem-based learning, small group teaching,lectures and practical demonstrations. The modules covered over the span of thefirst 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 practicein the first two years, by organising a clinical Family Case Study in year one and aclinical module on the fundamentals of clinical and professional practice in yeartwo. Students also take part in scientific and clinical research in year two inwhich they may have the opportunity to present their findings at a conference orpublish their research in scientific journals.
After completing third year, students have the option to take part in a one-yearinteracted M.Sc. in a suitable area of biomedical sciences.
Year three to five are clinical based years in which students begin placements inTrinity’s main teaching hospitals, namely St. James Hospital and Tallaght UniversityHospital which are based in Dublin, as well as in many regional affiliatedhospitals. These years prepare each and every student for their Intern year andprovide thorough experience in many medical and surgical specialities, which specialfocus on General Practice, Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Psychiatry.Students continue to receive lectures, tutorials, and exposure to research andpublic health matters in the clinical years to provide them with a well-roundedteaching and clinical experience.
-by Iffat, currently studying medicine in Ireland at Trinity College Dublin