Doctor for a day - UCC Transitions Students into Medicine

2 Feb 2018
(Photo: Clare Keogh)

Friday 2 February 2018: 107 school children from across Ireland will descend to University College Cork’s School of Medicine today to attend ‘Prep-for Med.’

This hugely popular programme allows transition year pupils from across Ireland to experience both the life and the facilities available to Medical students’ in UCC’s School of Medicine, and witness a live Caesarean Section via videolink.

Accompanied by 50 Career Guidance counsellors, the transition year students will be guided through Brookfield Health Sciences Complex and the FLAME Anatomy laboratory, before being put through their paces in multiple teaching stations covering areas such as resuscitation, laboratory testing and anaphylaxis. This allows them to learn first-hand how skills are taught and delivered. The afternoon sees the group move to Cork University Hospital where Dr. Jason Van der Velde from West Cork Rapid Response Unit discusses Emergency Medicine, Dr. Margot Bolster discusses the forensic examination of a crime scene, and, most unforgettably for past participants, Dr. Orfhlaith O’Sullivan and Dr. Colm Lane will perform a live C-Section, which is broadcast from Cork University Maternity Hospital.

Professor Stephen Cusack, Dean of UCC’s School of Medicine comments that “UCC has a long and proud tradition in Medical Education. The quality of students who enter our medical programme is first class due in no small way to the excellent secondary schools who prepare those students. ‘Prep-for Med’ allows students from across Ireland to understand how we train our future Doctors and Clinicians and how they can aspire to a career in Medicine. UCC has led the way in developing this innovative program which showcases life in Medicine to secondary school students, and I am looking forward to seeing some of our visitors return to UCC’s School of Medicine in the years ahead.”

Dr Brad Noel, lead of undergraduate recruitment at UCC’s School of Medicine, comments “This initiative opens Cork's doors to Schools from across the country as we seek to attract from our nation’s sparkling youth the finest of Irish potential so we may prepare the next crop of Tomorrow’s Doctors.''

Further information about UCC’s School of Medicine can be found by visiting

College of Medicine and Health

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3rd Floor, Erinville Hospital Western Road University College Cork Cork , T12 EKDO