Outgoing UCC President calls for major changes in the Irish health system

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCC president Dr Michael Murphy has called for major changes in the Irish health system in an effort to retain graduates. Speaking to the Evening Echo, Dr Murphy, a former Head of UCC’s College of Medicine and a former board member of the HSE, argued for improved training and incentives to ensure better leadership in the health service …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 19 January]

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Ulster University applies to train doctors at Magee

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2016 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) has applied to the General Medical Council (GMC) to train doctors at the Magee Campus. The medical school proposal, which includes a graduate entry focus, is currently being considered by the Department of Health. Currently, the only medical school in Northern Ireland is at Queen’s University in Belfast …” (more)

[BBC News, 21 December]

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Irish medicine and the House of Saud

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The activities of Irish postgraduate training bodies in countries with poor human rights records, notably Saudi Arabia, are prompting questions within the medical profession …” (more)

[Catherine Reilly, Medical Independent, 8 December]

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Medical School: North-west

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2016 by steve

UKMark Durkan asked the Minister for the Economy whether he has had any discussions, either with his colleague the Health Minister or the university, about the establishment of a medical school in the north-west …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly, 11 October]

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Medical students should be paid to stay in Ireland, says department

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Government should consider a scheme to provide several thousand euro annually to medical students to meet living expenses in return for a commitment to work in the Irish health service on graduation, officials in the Department of Public Expenditure have proposed …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 30 August]

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Medical school entry and HPAT

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – While forms of aptitude testing have certainly been in use for some time, there is a lack of evidence to suggest that the predictive value of such an aptitude test has had a positive impact on the selection of medical students and future doctors …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 26 August]

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Studying medicine and the HPAT test

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – HPAT has long been criticised by various groups for being unverified and unreliable, but what is the alternative? If HPAT is scrapped, the points required for medicine will skyrocket …” (more)

[Edward Boyapati, Irish Times, 25 August]

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Medical school entry and the HPAT test

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As CAO points for undergraduate medical school entry drop further again this year, some may suggest that this may be the first positive impact of the HPAT aptitude test introduced seven years ago …” (more)

[Dara Kilmartin, Irish Times, 24 August]

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Graduate Medicine Programme Fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 25th, 2016 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the situation whereby banks are refusing to make student finance available to those wishing to study graduate entry medicine, as the remuneration newly qualified doctors are in receipt of is insufficient to cover the cost of the repayment of this debt; if he will consider introducing a student loan scheme for graduate medical students to improve participation rates for those from lower income households; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 June]

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Cork University Hospital chief says doctor training ‘promotes subservience’

Posted in Teaching on April 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The head of one of the country’s largest teaching hospitals has criticised the ‘master and apprentice’ training model and culture in which young graduate doctors are being trained …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 5 April]

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Demand from medical graduates for intern posts exceeds supply

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Health authorities have privately admitted they do not have enough intern posts to meet demand from medical graduates in Ireland. Last October the Health Service Executive (HSE) changed the criteria used to select medical graduates to prioritise CAO applicants over non-EU students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Paul Cullen, Irish Times, 21 March]

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Medical graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In response to the editorial (October 9th) on the potential restoration of consultants’ pay, you commented that the taxpayer contributes substantially to the medical education of those who emigrate …” (more)

[Erica Coughlan, Irish Times, 10 October]

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Case study: ‘Irish medical graduates are really sought after’

Posted in Life on September 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Four weeks ago, shortly after finishing his intern year at hospitals in Cork and Kerry, Michael Courtney flew to Perth with a group of close friends, mostly doctors who had graduated with him …” (more)

[Ciara Kenny, Irish Times, 7 September]

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Doctors’ training and pay

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Matthew Glover (Letters, August 12th) remains under the illusion promoted in opinion letters many times that medical students are especially expensive to taxpayers and should be indentured servants for this sin. He might be surprised to learn that …” (more)

[Neil Barrett, Irish Times, 20 August]

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Irish students to travel to Poland to study medicine for six years

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A dozen Irish students who did not secure college places to study medicine in Ireland are to meet Polish ambassador Ryszard Sarkowicz today in advance of travelling to Poland to study there …” (more)

[Fiona Gartland, Irish Times, 29 August]

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Students taking ‘back door’ to college match high-fliers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Students who achieve big Leaving Cert points to secure their dream course don’t do better in college than those who get in by back-door routes. A groundbreaking study has compared the third-level achievements of those who shone in the Leaving Cert with those who got in by sitting another course first …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 August]

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Graduate entry may be the best medicine for doctors

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Those who get dream course with high CAO points fare no better than ‘second-chance’ entrants assessments than high points CAO applicants …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 August]

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TCD and RCSI launch consortium partnership

Posted in Research on June 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the RCSI have signed an agreement to create a consortium that will allow both institutions to collaborate closely to exploit more effectively research outcomes linked to health and clinical expertise …” (more)

[Lloyd Mudiwa, Irish Medical Times, 24 June]

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HPat scores for medical school entry down for second year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The scores recorded in the HPat assessment for medical school entry have fallen for the second year in a row. A student getting 194 marks (out of 300) in the Hpat in 2013 had 10% of students ahead of them, whereas …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Medical graduates

Posted in Life on March 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Felim Burke (March 23rd) raises an excellent and sadly oft-ignored point about the plight of graduate-entry medical students in Ireland. As a non-consultant hospital doctor who currently owes over €100,000 to the bank for the funding of my medical education …” (more)

[Erica Coughlan, Irish Times, 25 March]

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