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TY Programme MiniMed Programme - Waterford
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Company/Organisation Profile

About RCSI

For over 200 years RCSI has played a major role in medical education and training in Ireland. Founded in 1784 to train surgeons, today the College provides extensive education and training in the healthcare professions at undergraduate and postgraduate level.


RCSI today

Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

The Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences is home to Ireland's largest medical school, one of the world's leading international medical schools, as well as prestigious Schools of PharmacyPhysiotherapyNursing & MidwiferyPostgraduate Studies and an Institute of Leadership. Our degrees and awards are fully aligned to the National Framework of Qualifications, from levels 7 - 10, in collaboration with the National University of Ireland.

Surgery, Postgraduate Faculties & Professional Bodies

RCSI is the professional training body for Surgery in Ireland. Today, under statutory authority, it manages postgraduate residency training, memberships and fellowships and continuous professional development through its Department of Surgical Affairs, Faculties of RadiologistsDentistrySports & Exercise Medicine and Nursing & Midwifery. RCSI also operates the Irish Institute of Pharmacy on behalf of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland 

Research Institute

The RCSI is home to some Ireland’s foremost research institutes and centres.  RCSI is committed to performing high levels of research activity, to commercialising intellectual property arising from its research, and to developing collaborative links with industry, educational and research institutions both nationally and internationally.


More than 84 countries are represented on RCSI’s international student body. The College has a strong international presence with a University in Bahrain; two Medical Schools in Malaysia (at Perdana University and Penang Medical College, jointly with UCD); and an Institute of Leadership in Dubai. RCSI is independent, international and progressive.

Facts and figures*

  • RCSI was established on 11 February 1784
  • Total registered students: 3,271
  • Undergraduate students: 2,291
  • Postgraduate students: 1,043
  • Surgical trainees: 346 
  • Number of staff: 1,141
  • The Surgical College is the national training body for surgery in Ireland.
  • More than 80 countries are represented on RCSI’s international student body.
  • RCSI has a University in Bahrain; two Medical Schools in Malaysia (at Perdana University and Penang Medical College, jointly with UCD); and an Institute of Leadership in Dubai.
  • RCSI is a not-for-profit organisation.
  • RCSI's Mission: to educate, nurture and discover for the benefit of human health 

Placement Details

Transition Year MiniMed Programme: Waterford

Waterford RCSI Transition Year MiniMed School Programme offers a four-day experience for transition year students interested in a career in medicine.

The programme covers a wide variety of topics and is designed to introduce the student to both undergraduate and postgraduate aspects of a career in medicine. It takes place in the HSE /RCSI Education Building at Waterford Regional Hospital and utilises the excellent Nursing School Facilities in WIT for practical sessions. This programme is run annually and usually takes place in February.

A look at how 120 TY students got on at the 2016 RCSI Waterford TY MiniMed programme.
120 places are available to transition year students from schools in the south eastern region. This interactive programme gives transition year students the opportunity to experience what it is like to train and work as a doctor. Students have the opportunity to witness a live operation via video link to the operating theatre in Beaumont Hospital.

Lectures are hosted on our electronic medical information technology platform (Moodle) and in addition students will take part in practical sessions, multiple choice quizzes and competitions. Students will be given access the moodle platform as required. Topics covered will include human anatomy, forensic medicine, surgery, obstetrics and paediatrics, psychiatry, and medicine, including emergency medicine, cardiology, respiratory disease, renal disease and family practice.

Applications to the Transition Year MiniMed School are made through schools only. The application process for the 2018 programme opened in December 2017 and schools will be notified in advance of the opening date.

Organising committee

  • Prof. Ríona Mulcahy, Undergraduate Dean, RCSI, Senior Lecturer in Medicine, Waterford Regional Hospital
  • Prof. Fred Jackson, Senior Educator, School of Medicine, RCSI.
  • Mr Joe O’Beirne, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedic, University Hospital Waterford
  • Ms Carmel Ryan, Undergraduate Medical Administrator, HSE / RCSI Education Facility, Waterford Regional Hospital
  • Ms Jennie O'Leary, Postgraduate Surgical Administrator, HSE / RCSI Education Facility, Waterford Regional Hospital

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