MORE than 120 Transition Year students from the South-East counties of Ireland today began the four-day Waterford RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) Transition Year MiniMed training programme, which will run until Friday next, February 24. This interactive programme, being held in both University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and Waterford Institute of Technology, gives Transition Year students the opportunity to step out of their usual classroom setting and experience what it is like to train and work as a doctor.
As part of the programme, the students will get the opportunity to witness a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, or ‘keyhole’ surgery to remove a patient’s gallbladder, on Wednesday 22nd February, which will be broadcast via a video link from a surgical theatre in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. Tiny cameras will show the inside of the patient as the RCSI healthcare professionals perform the procedure. Students will be able to interact with the surgical teams by asking questions, and vice-versa, all while being talked through the operation in real time.
During the programme, students will also attend interactive lectures, receive hands-on practical training in clinical skills, CPR, first aid and will get the chance to test out their own surgical skills using virtual reality simulators. As well as this, TY students will receive practical experience in medicine and scientific tutorials on subjects such as cardiology, paediatrics, general practice, obstetrics, ophthalmology and forensics to name but a few.
The 2017 RCSI Waterford MiniMed Programme is being coordinated by Professor Riona Mulcahy, Undergraduate Dean, Senior Lecturer in Medicine, RCSI and UHW; Professor Fred Jackson, Senior Educator in the Department of Medicine, RCSI and UHW; and Mr Joe O’Beirne, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedics at RCSI and UHW.