History of the School
UCC opened its doors in 1849, under the powers of “an Act to enable Her Majesty to endow new colleges for the advancement of Learning in Ireland.” So began over a century and a half of teaching and research on behalf of the local community and the nation. The Faculty of Medicine in UCC was opened to approximately twenty students in 1849. Its purpose was “to afford the means of the most advanced and superior education to the inhabitants of this southern province.” The degree obtainable from the Faculty of Medicine was that of M.D. We, therefore, have a long and proud history of Medical Education. College policy has always been to make UCC “part of the city and of the province, and to forge strong links with the industry and agriculture of the province.” This can be seen in the number of doctors that have been educated and trained for the local region. We are also a modern Medical School striving, as we do, to keep pace with all the developments in the education of health care professionals.
To co-ordinate the resources (physical, financial and human) necessary to deliver the educational programmes leading to the professional qualification, the MB BCh BAO degree and other degree programmes, and to promote related postgraduate study and research.
Goals of the School
- To deliver, in association with its constituent departments and in conjunction with related Faculties, and in accordance with all rules and regulations of the University and requirements of the Medical Council, all undergraduate and postgraduate courses of the School.
- To provide appropriate support to students, staff and faculty alike. To foster a culture of critical thinking and research throughout the Medical School.
- To coordinate and support the administrative activities of the departments of the School To liaise with the University and relevant External Bodies, including the Medical Council, on all matters that pertain to the School, its courses, degrees, students and graduates.
- To Improve the teaching environment in all hospitals in the region. To employ teaching methods that are student-centered, for example, small groups, teamwork, interactive, electronic teaching & learning, integrated education & training, interdisciplinary training, room for electives, special study modules & individual development initiatives, formative and summative assessment methods.
- To support the development of the curriculum within the Medical School. To promote the recruitment of the very best students, from Ireland, the EU and elsewhere, to the Medical School.
- To establish School policies and procedures in accordance with those of the University.
- To administer the School budget and to allocate appropriate budgets to the Departments of the School.
- To administer the allocation of pre-registration house officer placements in associated hospitals, to oversee the educational component of the intern year and to ensure compliance with requirements for the granting of permanent registration. To promote Health and Safety for its staff, in accordance with University policies and procedures.