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]


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]


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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Medical entry system failing patients and graduates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A leading consultant in emergency medicine has hit out at Ireland’s inability to keep medical graduates in the country, blaming a ‘fatuous’ entry system. Chris Luke, an A&E specialist based in Cork, described this problem as ‘the greatest threat’ to the quality of care in emergency departments …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Irish Examiner, 24 March]

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Sexism is ‘rampant’ within Irish medicine

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sexism is ‘rampant’ within the Irish medical profession, according to an academic and consultant who claims that senior women within the industry have advised junior doctors to turn a blind eye to the problem to safeguard their career prospects …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 24 March]

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Medical graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It is now ten years since I wrote to The Irish Times, lamenting the declining retention rate among our precious medical graduates. Far too many of them were opting out of full-time careers to pursue ‘work-life-balance’ …” (more)

[Chris Luke, Irish Times, 12 March]

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Study shows high number of Irish medical students are considering leaving Ireland after qualification

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The urge to depart is an indication of a dysfunctional health service. Research showing almost nine out of 10 medical students currently attending Irish universities are considering leaving the Republic after qualification is worrying …” (more)

[Editorial, Irish Times, 17 March]

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So, when it come to university courses, are some professions more equal than others?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Irish readers of this blog will be well familiar with the complaint – and it’s an entirely justified complaint – that the so-called ‘points system’ that attaches a value to the final school (Leaving Certificate) examination results has created a completely false ‘market’ in university entry to different courses …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 17 March]

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