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RCSI interactive video series for budding Doctors

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RCSI interactive video series for budding Doctors

Thursday, December 03, 2015 

RCSI interactive video series for budding Doctors

For students thinking of a career in medicine, RCSI has a new interactive live-streamed video broadcast for second-level Transition Year, 5th Year and 6th Year students called So You Want to Be a Doctor?

The three-part series features doctors in Dublin’s Beaumont and Rotunda hospitals, offering a glimpse of their working lives and specialities.

First up, at 6pm on Thursday, November 19th, are Prof Fergal Malone (Rotunda obstetrics and gynaecology), Prof James Paul O’Neill (ENT surgeon at Beaumont) and series presenter Prof Arnold Hill (RCSI head of school of medicine, on his research and innovations in breast cancer surgery). (If you missed the episode, you can watch it here).

December and January episodes include a microbiologist, a gastroenterologist, a neurosurgeon and an orthopaedic surgeon.

Next episode

The next episode of So You Want To Be A Doctor? will be broadcast at 6pm on Wednesday, December 9. The final episode will be broadcast on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

The December 9 episode will feature Consultant Neurosurgeon, Mr David O’Brien; Senior Lecturer in Microbiology at RCSI and Consultant Microbiologist, Dr Fidelma Fitzpatrick; and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mr James Walsh — all of Beaumont Hospital.

The January 19 episode features Consultant Gastroenterologist Prof Frank Murray and Prof Hill himself, who is a Consultant Breast Surgeon. GP and Senior Lecturer at RCSI, Dr Susan Smith will also appear in the final episode. Those interested in viewing can register at

Students can send questions via email, Facebook or Twitter using #RCSIBeADoc to be answered live on air.


The CareersPortal Team