Archive for medicine

Call for mandatory emergency work for graduates

Posted in teaching with tags on 25 January 2011 by Steve

“A senior consultant in emergency medicine has called for the introduction of a mandatory requirement that all Irish medical graduates work for a period in emergency departments as non-consultant hospital doctors following their internship …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 25 January]


Letterkenny Hospital now a university teaching hospital

Posted in teaching with tags , on 20 January 2011 by Steve

“The National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) has opened a medical academy at Letterkenny General Hospital (LGH), effectively transforming the institution into a university teaching hospital, a move set to improve patient care …” (more)

[Irish Medical Times, 20 January]

Donegal chosen for medical academy

Posted in teaching with tags , on 10 January 2011 by Steve

“Letterkenny General Hospital has been chosen as a clinical training site for medical students at NUI Galway Medical Academy …” (more)

[Inishowen News, 10 January]

RCSI recruiting doctors for Malaysia

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 7 January 2011 by Steve

“… the appointments will be for periods of up to three years at Penang Medical College (PMC). Founded in 1996, the College is a joint venture of the medical schools of the RCSI and UCD, in partnership with the Penang state government …” (more)

[Lloyd Mudiwa, Irish Medical Times, 7 January]

Question raised over need for entry exam to medical school

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 22 December 2010 by Steve

“Both the Leaving Certificate and Health Professions Admissions Test (HPat) independently predict how well an individual will perform in medical school, new research has found. The authors say this raises a question about the need for the controversial HPat …” (more)

[Muiris Houston, Irish Times, 22 December]

Points required for medicine to climb even further

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 9 November 2010 by Steve

“What chance do you have of securing a place in one of the five medical undergraduate programmes in 2011? Recent data compiled by UCD gives some indication of the real picture with regard to undergraduate medical entry in Ireland …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 9 November]

Is medicine a wise choice for high achievers?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 7 September 2010 by Steve

“The current CAO season has seen a further increase in applicant interest in all undergraduate medical and para medical courses. The points required to secure a medical place have increased again this year, which has left many aspiring doctors disappointed …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 7 September]

UL to link up with former minister O’Malley in medical school

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 13 August 2010 by Steve

“Former Minister of State at the Department of Health Tim O’Malley could be set to benefit if Limerick County Council approves plans by the University of Limerick to teach medical students at his former home in Dooradoyle …” (more)

[Mike Dwane, Limerick Leader, 12 August]

UL to produce ‘medical leaders’ of the future

Posted in teaching with tags , on 13 August 2010 by Steve

“The new graduate entry medical school on the Clare campus of the University of Limerick will produce ‘medical leaders’ for acute hospitals in the region. That was the confident prediction of the new Professor of Surgery at the Medical School …” (more)

[Dan Danaher, Irish Examiner, 13 August]

Make no bones about it

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 June 2010 by Steve

“Talking to Prof Moira O’Brien is a bit like being caught in a wind tunnel! In fact, ideas and words can come hurtling towards you like a runaway train, or bang into you with the force of tiny meteors. She certainly makes you think …” (more)

[Rory Hafford, Irish Medical Times, 18 June]

Graduates pass their medical exams

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 4 June 2010 by Steve

“They took the long way round but almost 50 new doctors have made history as the first to have come through medical school under a new entry method for graduates …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 June]

New points limits ease middle-class grip on medicine

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 12 April 2010 by Steve

“Growing numbers of students from less well-off families are being accepted into medical school, weakening the middle-class grip on the profession, new research will show …” (more)

[Eilish O’Regan, Independent, 12 April]

Parents heap pressure on students with ‘pre-med’ courses, doctors warn

Posted in teaching with tags on 10 April 2010 by Steve

“Parents are forking out more than €6,000 for ‘pre-med’ courses in private grind schools for their son or daughter in the hope they will be doctors, it emerged yesterday. But the ambitious parents should be cautious about parting with their money …” (more)

[Eilish O’Regan, Irish Independent, 10 April]

Doctor cheated in postgraduate exam

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 18 February 2010 by Steve

“A doctor working in psychiatry who cheated in a postgraduate examination was yesterday found guilty of professional misconduct by the Irish Medical Council. A fitness to practice inquiry held by the council heard that Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal (44) from Pakistan had worked at a number of Irish hospitals, including St Fintan’s in Laois, St Brigid’s in Ballinasloe and St Brendan’s in Dublin, before travelling to the Britain in 2004 …” (more)

[Eithne Donnellan, Irish Times, 18 February]

Students can now appeal HPAT exam

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 5 January 2010 by Steve

“Students sitting the controversial HPAT aptitude test for entry to medicine will be able to appeal their results this year. It is a major breakthrough following the disappointment of high-flying Leaving Certificate candidates who failed to get into medicine in the autumn because of poor HPAT results …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Stephen O’Farrell, Independent, 5 January]

‘Golden circle’ of double-jobbing medics cost over €17m a year

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 3 January 2010 by Steve

“Over €17m is being paid out to a ‘golden circle’ of Irish academic consultants who are benefiting from a dual salary from both the HSE and the universities …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Sunday Tribune, 3 January]

Diabetes research partnership launched

Posted in research with tags , , on 26 November 2009 by Steve

“Two universities and two State health organisations have formed a cross-Border partnership on research into diabetes. The Atlantic-Alliance for Co-operation on Research into Diabetes grouping involves NUI Galway, the University of Ulster, the Health Service Executive West and its Northern counterpart, the Western Health and Social Care Trust …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 26 November]

Getting into medicine: a user’s guide to the HPAT

Posted in teaching with tags , on 24 November 2009 by Steve

“Medical education has been transformed by the Health Profession Admission Test (HPAT), which allows all Leaving Cert students with more than 480 points to apply for medicine. Under the old system, only those scoring very high Leaving Cert points (in the region of 570) were guaranteed entry to medicine …” (more)

[Louise Holden, Irish Times, 24 November]

Irish cancer scientists find wonder cure

Posted in research with tags , on 2 November 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Irish scientists have discovered a wonder drug which they say is able to kill leukemia cells. Tests show that the drug, called PBOX-15, can even kill cells from patients not benefiting from current treatments. The ground-breaking work was carried out by researchers at Trinity College in Dublin …” (more)

[Cormac Murphy, Herald, 2 November]

Test for entry to medicine degree is ‘barrier for poor’

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 19 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“The new test used in addition to Leaving Certificate results to select entrants to medical school is a barrier to poorer students becoming doctors, an equality expert has claimed. The Higher Professional Aptitude Test (HPAT) was used for the first time to measure suitability of applicants for medicine degrees and the scores were combined with Leaving Certificate results of all applicants with at least 480 points …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 October]