The School of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin was founded in 1711 and has played a central role in the golden age of Irish medicine. Today it is an international leader in biomedical research and education.
Students from many undergraduate courses in the School of Medicine spend a portion of their time on placement at Tallaght Hospital including Medicine. Undergraduate Medicine students on the undergraduate medicine programme at Trinity, follow a five-year programme leading to the degrees of Bachelor in Medicine, Bachelor in Surgery and Bachelor in Obstetrics. Following graduation, there is a further year as an intern in an approved hospital before becoming a fully registered medical practitioner. Tallaght Hospital is one of the School’s main teaching hospitals and we work closely together to ensure high quality clinical and research training for our students.
Undergraduate Medicine students on the undergraduate medicine programme at Trinity, follow a five-year programme leading to the degrees of Bachelor in Medicine, Bachelor in Surgery and Bachelor in Obstetrics. Following graduation, there is a further year as an intern in an approved hospital before becoming a fully registered medical practitioner. Tallaght Hospital is one of the School’s main teaching hospitals and we work closely together to ensure high quality clinical and research training for our students.
The curriculum is organised into two broad phases: preclinical and clinical years. Instruction in preclinical years is through individual combinations of lectures, problem-based learning, evidence-based medicine and small-group seminars, tutorials, practicals, laboratories and computer-aided learning. In recent years, early patient contact has been integrated into the curriculum with more emphasis on problem-based learning which is very popular with the students.
In the clinical years, the student moves to the University’s teaching hospitals to learn on a case-by-case basis at the patient’s bedside. The School of Medicine at Trinity has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its “bedside” teaching, which is possible through co-operation and linkages with its teaching hospitals such as Tallaght Hospital.
The major characteristics of the undergraduate medical programme at Trinity are:
- Integration of scientific and clinical material and delivery in context
- Facilitation of active learning and a deep strategic approach
- Early and comprehensive development of technical and interpersonal skills
- Definition of the ideal programme of clinical rotation
- Continuous review and revision of the assessment programme to ensure alignment with the stated outcomes and course content
- Promotion of multiple assessment formats including continuous assessment and a reduction of reliance on annual high stakes assessments
- Recognition of the patient as an active partner
- Prioritisation of personal and professional development
The School of Medicine at Tallaght Hospital
Tallaght Hospital is one of the School of Medicine’s main teaching hospitals. The Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, which is at the far end of Tallaght Hospital, houses the Disciplines of Clinical Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Public Health and Primary Care and Psychiatry. The teaching facilities consist of a large lecture theatre, seminar rooms and treatment rooms. There is also a dedicated Clinical Skills Laboratory.
There are two postgraduate taught courses delivered on our Tallaght campus, the Masters Programme in Clinical Chemistry and Postgraduate Certificate in Implementation Science. Postgraduate research courses are also run within each of the Disciplines.
The Faculty of Health Sciences is one of three faculties in Trinity College. Established in 2008, we were the first Faculty of Health Sciences in these islands and this concept is now being followed by other Irish Universities. The Faculty comprises the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Dental Science, and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. We are health sciences precisely because health and health care are interdisciplinary and collaborative concerns. This interdisciplinary approach offers the potential to educate and train the full range of health care personnel in an integrated Faculty, facilitating our graduates’ transition to an interdisciplinary workforce, which is critical for optimal patient care.
We are a research-led Faculty, with strategic research areas including cancer, ageing, inclusive society, next generation medical devices, immunology and infection and neuroscience. Our graduates are the top in their field, with many alumni in key positions both nationally and internationally. Our staff have research strengths in multiple areas, spanning several of Trinity's key research themes. You can view a snapshot of the Faculty's researchers in this Research Profiles booklet .
The Faculty is engaged in teaching, research and service delivery on its Tallaght campus, both in the Trinity Centre for Health Sciences and in the main hospital. We work closely with our clinical and hospital colleagues to provide high-quality interdisciplinary teaching for students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and to advance research that will improve patient care and influence national and international policy.