Doctor for a day-UCC Transitions Students into Medicine.
103 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 councillors, 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-allowing them to learn first-hand how skills are taught and delivered. The afternoon sees the group move to Cork University Hospital where Dr. Margaret Bolster discusses the forensic examination of a crime scene, Dr. Jason Van der Velde from West Cork Rapid Response unit discusses Emergency medicine, and, most unforgettably for past participants, Dr. Matt Hewitt will perform a live C-Section, which is broadcast from Cork University Maternity Hospital.
Professor Mary Horgan, 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 lead 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 nations sparkling youth the finest of Irish potential so we may prepare the next crop of Tomorrows Doctors.'' Further information about UCC’s School of Medicine can be found by visiting https://www.ucc.ie/en/medical/prosstud