Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Global Health

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

For over 200 years, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has played a major role in medical education and training in Ireland. Founded in 1784 to train surgeons, today the College provides extensive education and training in the healthcare professions at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM) medical students may apply to complete a 4 week rotation at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland.  Rotations will take place at Waterford Hospital in the town of Waterford, located about two hours south of London.

The Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences is home to Ireland's largest medical school, one of the world's leading international medical schools, as well as prestigious Schools of Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Nursing & Midwifery, Postgraduate Studies, and an Institute of Leadership.  RSCI is the professional training body for Sugery in Ireland.  Under statutory authority, it manages postgraduate residency training, memberships, and fellowships and continuous pprofessional development for the Republic of Ireland.

RSCI offers senior visiting medical students surgical electives at Waterford University Hospital, a regional referral hospital located in Waterford, Irleand, approximately 165km southwest of Dublin.  The hospital has 429 beds and is designated one of Ireland's eight Cancer Centers as part of their National Cancer Control Programme.  The city of Waterford has 49,000 residents making it the fifth largest city in Ireland. 

Dates: Various

Length of Rotation: 4 weeks

Location: Waterford, Ireland (Clinical rotations in Dublin are not offered)

Student level: M4/Phase III students

Elective Credit: Departments of Orthopedic, Vascular, General, Breast, Urology, and Gastrointestinal Surgery

Rotation Information: Students are invited to select three preferences from the list of available surgical specialities. Junior surgery clerkship must be completed prior to applying.

Housing: Student dormitories are provided by the RCSI

Application: Completed applications must be received 8 months prior to your preferred start date.  Successful applicants will be advised four months in advance of the location and start date of the elective following which students will be required to registered their acceptance.  Upon receipt of these documents students will be informed of the allocated specialty.

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Daniel Young
Center for Global Health
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
645. N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1058
Chicago, IL 60611
d-young@northwestern.edu