Graduate entry medicine students to receive union support

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Council has voted in favour of a campaign to lobby the government to increase financial support for Graduate Entry Medicine students. Delegates from TCDSU who attend the Union of Students In Ireland (USI) National Council and USI Congress are to put forward motions at meetings of those bodies to establish a nationwide USI campaign to lower GEM tuition fees …” (more)

[Audrey Brown, Trinity News, 24 November]

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Medical Research and Training

Posted in Governance and administration on November 19th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the training pathways, including third-level undergraduate and postgraduate pathways, currently in place for each of the medical professions; the numbers availing of these annually; the cost per person for each pathway; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 November]

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Medical student recruitment company sues College of Surgeons

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on November 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A company which recruited students from Saudi Arabia for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is suing the college in the High Court over the level of fees paid by the students. The Nahj Company for Services is in dispute with the college over whether the €16,000 fee for participation in the medical commencement programme was inclusive or exclusive of a €5,000 commission said to be payable to the recruiting company …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 13 November]

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UCD Graduate Entry Medicine

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandNeale Richmond (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the interaction he has had with UCD over the 2% to 4% increase in fees for EU and non-EU students studying graduate entry medicine; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 November]

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UCD medical students withhold fees in protest at fee increases

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than 70% of Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) students in University College, Dublin are withholding fees in protest over further fee increases and disruptions to learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Fees have increased year-on-year since 2017 for such students and now stand at €16,290 for Irish students and €55,140 for non-EU students, representing an increase of €1,000 and €3,000 respectively since 2017 …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 31 October]

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Graduate Entry Medicine Students Vote to Withhold Tuition Fees in Protest of Further Fee-Increases

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Graduate Entry Medicine students have called on UCD to reduce tuition fees and are demanding a freeze on future increases. A majority of the current GEM class have elected to withhold fees in protest of these increases. The tuition fees currently stand at €16,290 for Irish students, and €55,140 for non-EU students …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 27 October]

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Medical Council Report From 2018 Showed a School of Medicine in Disarray

Posted in Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In 2018, the Irish Medical Council gave Trinity’s School of Medicine two years to fix a ream of problems facing students on badly planned placements – in which students faced high stress in an under-supervised environment – before the council’s assessors returned to decide whether or not College should keep its accreditation …” (more)

[Cormac Watson and Molly Furey, University Times, 21 October]

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Outrage as Medicine Freshers to Take Mandatory Dolores Cahill Module

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Controversy is brewing in the UCD School of Medicine as reports emerge that first years will be required to take a module taught by Professor Dolores Cahill, despite the lecturers controversial comments regarding the ongoing COVID pandemic …” (more)

[Jack McGee, College Tribune, 1 October]

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No Space for Extra Freshers, Say Trinity Schools of Medicine and Dentistry

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

Ireland“Trinity’s Schools of Medicine and Dentistry have said they will not be offering extra places for incoming freshers this year. Last week, the government announced 1250 additional CAO places for ‘high demand’ courses such as medicine, law, and engineering. Higher Education Minister Simon Harris today announced a further 800 places, following the announcement of the highest leaving certificate results in history on Monday …” (more)

[Emma Donohoe, University Times, 9 September]

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Medicine Students Told to Buy Own Scrubs for Clinical Placement

Posted in Teaching on August 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Medicine students on placement this year will have to buy their own surgical scrubs, rather than getting them from hospital dispensers as was previously the case …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 26 August]

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Extra college places in Medicine and other hotly contested courses to be discussed ahead of next month’s CAO offers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Extra college places in Medicine and other hotly contested areas are on the agenda for discussion ahead of next month’s CAO Round 1 offers. Higher Education Minister Simon Harris confirmed today that more places are likely to open on some high demand university courses …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 August]

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NUIG challenges finding that it paid for Tuam infant remains

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has challenged a finding in an interim report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation that its medical school had received and paid for 35 infant remains from the Tuam mother and baby home. In its fifth interim report, published in April of last year, the commission found that between 1949 and 1964, Galway Medical School ‘received and paid for 35 infant anatomical subjects’ …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Third Level Admissions – Medical Training Places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 3rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandLouise O’Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will work with third-level universities to expand the number of medical training places for students applying through the Central Applications Office system to help increase the number of doctors nationally …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 June]

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Third-Year Medicine Students Receive Warning After Accusation of Cheating

Posted in Teaching on June 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity medical students have been warned that cheating in their Ear, Nose and Throat exam today may lead to ‘significant disciplinary consequences’ and possibly prevent them from receiving a grade for the module, after a review of yesterday’s Ophthalmology exam concluded that students had likely cheated on it …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 19 June]

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HPAT and calculated grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMatt Shanahan (Waterford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of students that recently took their HPAT exams; his views on whether these exams took place in and around the time of the pre-examinations those students with an ambition to study medicine would have focused more on the HPAT than the pre-leaving certificate; his further views on whether these students are now at a distinct disadvantage in view of the recent announcement that their calculated grades will be partially based on those pre-results; his plans to provide equity for these students; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 June]

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Over 220 medicine students graduate from UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2020 by steve

“Some 228 University College Dublin (UCD) medicine students graduated on Friday during a virtual ceremony due to the coronavirus restrictions. In 17 days time many of the new graduates will begin medical internships on the frontline of the fight against Covid-19 in Irish hospitals …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 1 May]

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Chief Medical Officer congratulates UL graduates following ‘remote’ conferring

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan and President Michael D Higgins have sent messages of congratulations to over 130 new doctors who have graduated from the University of Limerick. The final year students at the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) are UL’s first ever cohort of students to be conferred remotely in absentia due to the Covid-19 crisis …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 29 April]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomes deferral of HPAT results

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has welcomed the decision to defer this year’s HPAT-Ireland results until after the leaving certificate examinations are complete, bringing them in line with previous years …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 23 April]

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1,000 internships to be offered to graduating doctors in pandemic fight

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2020 by steve

“Almost every graduating doctor this year is to be offered an internship in a bid to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has pledged. For the first time, more than 1,000 internships are to be offered to this year’s medical students as they graduate, according to Mr Varadkar …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 17 April]

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NUIG medical students graduate early and online to join pandemic fight

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The graduation of 190 medical students from NUIG has been fast-tracked to ensure more doctors are available to work during the Covid-19 pandemic. NUI Galway’s 2020 graduation event, which was held online for the first time, took place on Monday morning through a Facebook live event. The students’ final year exams had previously been brought forward to enable them to enter the healthcare workforce without delay …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 6 April]

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