Medical Training Places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 2nd, 2021 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of medical training undergraduate places, by discipline available annually; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 September]

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Plan for 4,600 extra college places to be discussed by Cabinet on Tuesday

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Extra capacity at third level for students to study medicine, pharmacy and law are among proposals to be brought to Cabinet on Tuesday. The proposal is for just over 4,600 additional college places to be established. Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris is expected to seek Government approval for €24 million to fund the extra places including 440 in health sciences like nursing, pharmacy and medicine and 450 in science subjects. There are to be 120 extra places in education-related courses and 102 in law …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Irish Times, 13 July]

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Extra medicine and pharmacy college places confirmed by department

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Extra places in universities for medicine and pharmacy students will be included in a plan by Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris to create 4,500 extra third-level places. The news comes after it emerged that the points needed for some high-demand courses will rise as students who sat the written Leaving Cert last November take up places now offered to them …” (more)

[Brian Mooney and Cormac McQuinn, Irish Times, 9 July]

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Access to Graduate Medicine is Grossly Unfair. Let’s Change That

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Let’s play a game: a modified version of snakes and ladders. Most turns involve drawing a ‘chance card’. There are two players. Player One starts at one side of the board, at ‘Prosperous City’, and Player Two starts at the other side of the board at ‘Hardship-ville’. The aim of the game is to get far enough along the board to be offered a place to study Graduate Entry Medicine at your university of choice …” (more)

[Yasmine Tadjine, University Times, 7 July]

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Third Level Fees – Scotland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 19th, 2021 by steve

IrelandCian O’Callaghan (Dublin Bay North, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Irish students are being charged additional fees for the Scottish graduate-entry medicine programme based in the University of St Andrews and the University of Dundee which contradicts the memorandum of understanding on the common travel area; the steps he will take to address the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 June]

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Graduate-entry Medicine

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 21st, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address the barriers facing students accessing graduate-entry medicine; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 20 May]

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Graduate Entry Medicine

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 8th, 2021 by steve

IrelandCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the contribution currently made by the Higher Education Authority towards graduate entry medicine per student; the cost of increasing the HEA contribution towards graduate entry medicine tuition fees by €5,000 and €10,000 per student, respectively based on the latest available student numbers; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 May]

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No medical students have been hired as vaccinators, despite Minister saying they were giving jabs at vaccine centres

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“No medical students have been hired to administer the Covid-19 vaccine, despite Health Minister Stephen Donnelly stating that they were giving jabs at vaccination centres …” (more)

[Christina Finn, TheJournal.ie, 22 April]

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Children of doctors disproportionately fill places in university medicine courses

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The strong grip that doctors’ families hold over places in medical schools is highlighted in a new analysis today. It shows how children of doctors disproportionately fill the limited number of places in university medicine courses. Among first-year students with one parent a doctor, 20% chose medicine and, where both parents are doctors, it rises to 33% …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 19 April]

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HSE U-turn as healthcare students who refused Covid-19 vaccine now permitted to complete hospital placements

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Healthcare students who refused to take a Covid-19 vaccine will now be able to complete placements at hospitals following the National Immunisation Advisory Committee’s (NIAC) recommendation to restrict the use of the AstraZeneca jab. Nursing, medical and other healthcare students who were offered and turned down a Covid-19 vaccine were told last month that they could not complete clinical placements at HSE hospitals and facilities …” (more)

[Laura Colgan, Irish Mirror, 16 April]

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Long awaited new medical school for UCC gets the green light

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The construction of a new three-storey clinical medical school for University College Cork (UCC) at the campus of Cork University Hospital has been given the go ahead by Cork City Council. Permission, listed as ‘conditional’ came through to the Health Service Executive late last week …” (more)

[Valerie Ryan, Irish Medical Times, 1 April]

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USI condemns the passing over of 39 Trinity medical students for the Covid-19 vaccine at Coome hospital

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has condemned the passing over of 39 Trinity medical students for the Covid-19 vaccine on the night it was given to 16 relatives of staff at Coome hospital. In a statement to Trinity News, the USI said it was ‘very disappointed and concerned to see the story break’ …” (more)

[Kate Henshaw, Trinity News, 9 March]

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Coombe Hospital Vaccinated Staff Family Members over 39 Medical Students

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on March 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“On the evening of January 8th, 16 relatives of Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital staff were vaccinated ahead of 39 medical students who were on stand-by for the vaccine. Hospital management was made aware of the 39 students on stand-by an hour before vaccines were given out to family members, Prof Deirdre Murphy, Head of Obstetrics at Trinity College Dublin, has told an investigative review into the incident …” (more)

[Adam O’Sullivan, College Tribune, 1 March]

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Fewer CAO places in medicine open to the class of 2021

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Fewer college places in medicine will be available to the CAO applicants of 2021 because of the late offers made to students who sat the Leaving Cert 2020 exams last November. This week, almost 600 students from the class of 2020 received an offer for an honours degree course, based on grades they achieved in the November sitting …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 February]

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NI student medics will not receive £2,000 Covid-19 recognition bonus being given to other health service trainees

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2021 by steve

“Student doctors who put their lives on the line during the Covid pandemic are not getting a £2,000 bonus being given to other health service trainees. Last week, Health Minister Robin Swann announced that nurses in Northern Ireland are to receive a £500 ‘special recognition’ payment for their work during the pandemic, while some student nurses will get £2,000 …” (more)

[Lisa Smyth, Belfast Telegraph, 4 February]

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Derry breathes a sigh of relief as Ulster University plan to move 800 places to Magee …

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

“It’s been a debate rumbling on since the 1960s and has been subject to many slugger posts over the years. Including the lack of strategic thinking over the long-term viability for our health service. The post graduate entry medical school at Magee is set to take students in September this year (according to UU’s website at time of posting) but it has been blighted by delays and began as a project in the early noughties …” (more)

[Jay Burbank, Slugger O’Toole, 2 February]

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Ulster University confirms transfer of Health Science courses to Magee

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University has confirmed that the School of Health Sciences undergraduate programmes will relocate to its Magee campus in Derry from September 2022. The relocation will bring over 800 undergraduate students to the Magee campus …” (more)

[Derry Now, 2 February]

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Medical students drafted in as contact tracers as Covid-19 cases soar

Posted in Governance and administration on December 24th, 2020 by steve

IrelandYoung medical students will be among the contact tracers working over the holiday season to track a rapidly rising number of cases. There are 25 second- and third-year students at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland who have volunteered to work alongside HSE contact tracers …” (more)

[Niamh Griffin and Cianan Brennan, Irish Examiner, 23 December]

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Third Level Fees – Graduate Entry Medicine

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 17th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the rationale for charging fees of over €15,000 per year for graduate entry medicine courses, which means that many students who finish the course leave university with loans of up to €100,000, and in turn results in emigration and exacerbates staff shortages in medicine; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 December]

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Graduate Medical Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 10th, 2020 by steve

IrelandGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the instructions, guidelines or recommendations made to institutions participating in the graduate medical programmes to support and facilitate the participation of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds given SUSI is not available; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 December]

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