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Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

Overview of Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) is a medical school located slap bang in the middle of Dublin facing onto St. Stephen’s Green. It is an ancient college, established in 1784, with only 1500 students, around 80% of whom come from over 60 different countries. RCSI actually claims not to be an Irish college, but an international college based in Ireland! It has a uniquely multinational feel. There is an Islamic prayer room in the basement. It has a partnership with medical universi ...Read More

What the students say

It was the only medicine course i got out of UCD and Trinity.
3rd year current
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RCSI's excellent reputation in the medical field. I researched other Universities but liked the RCSI programme best.
3rd year current
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I chose Medicine originally because I wanted to do something that was a mixture of science and working with people. I wasn't one of those people that always knew what they wanted to do, and it wasn't until 6th year that I decided I wanted to do Medicine. I was originally put off from doing it because of the huge commitment involved in the career; the sacrifices that you have to make to your family and personal life, as well as the huge responsibility that you are given. I thought of Medicine as a kind of "superhero" career, one that was only available to an elite few, I didn't know whether I would be able to cope with the workload, or even if I would make a good doctor. I spent months thinking about it, and worrying that I was making the wrong decision and I wouldn't be able to do it. I researched as many websites as I could, reading newspaper articles, blogs, university websites, the www.boards.ie Leaving Cert Forum and TCD/UCD forum where I read posts from Med students and doctors about their experiences which had some really helpful insights and personal stories and helped me to find out more about the pros and cons of choosing Medicine. I don't have any doctors in the family, and didn't find the career guidance teachers in school very helpful, as in the end it is really a personal decision you have to make yourself so really I had to take it upon myself to find out as much as I could. Another thing that helped me decide to go for it was when I went to the UCD open day and a 4th year med student talked to us, and her exact words were "I wanted a mix of science and people" which was exactly word for word what I wanted, so I realised that that was as good a reason as any to choose it as having a family member who is a doctor or because that’s what wanted to be since you were little or any other reason. Another thing that helped me decide was at the same open day lecture in UCD, the lecturer asked everyone what qualities they thought a doctor should have. People said all the usual ones like intelligence, patience, determination, good memory, kind etc and he said these are all good but the most important one is a desire to help people and relieve their suffering. He said that if you have that then that will bring you determination, patience, kindness and all the others and you won’t mind having to work hard and make sacrifices because you will want to put all your energy into helping your patients get better. I thought that was really inspiring and motivating because it made it seem doable and not something I could actually do well at if I tried hard. Having finally put med down on my CAO, I got my HPAT results in late June, and scored in the 97th percentile, and this furthered my belief that it is the right career for me. I chose RCSI simply because I didn't have the points for Trinity or UCD and wanted to stay in Dublin so I could live at home.
4th year current
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I chose Medicine because it was a very challenging degree. Furthermore a career in medicine is not only professionally satisfying but personally as well. Lastly, there are few other careers that can compete with level of job security offered in medicine.
1st year current
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I knew I would be good at it and would like it. Love people and science, seemed like the perfect combination of my two loves.
3rd year current
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Medicine was never a passion of mine until I started volunteering at a hospital and noticed how much help a doctor provides to people. From that point I knew I wanted to be a major facet in society, and Ireland's reputation for having medical schools with excellent clinical teachings was a clear plus-sign. Combined with the fact that the program is a "straight-from-highscool [secondary school]" compared to the North American medical school equivalent and that the total number of post-secondary school years is less in Ireland, the idea made sense that I should come here. With the extensive clinical teachings, I believe RCSI provides an excellent "arena" to test out each specialty that medicine has to offer, and thus allowing me to choose the correct path that I'll be walking on for the rest of my life. On a more esthetic note, I chose Ireland for the opportunity to travel and live in a country on my own. Being raised in a very tight family where my mother always knew everything about me, the new found freedom was a like a gasp a fresh air I've been craving for years. Don't get me wrong, I love my mother, but the independence I gained has made me a better person, and Ireland became the bridge that helped me, by incorporating the familiar North American culture with the unfamiliar European mindset. Ireland with its uniqueness has provided me with a stepping stone with its ability to cater to my interests, from nature hikes to cooking.
5th year current
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