Five Portlaoise students who took part in the recent MiniMed programme by the Royal College of Surgeons, witnessed procedures including a caesarian birth.
Transition year girls Saoirse Dunne, Emily Davis, Ciara Burke, Clodagh Howe and Holly Anne Phelan were all hugely impressed with their week long programme, particularly the birth.
It took place in the Rotunda, as the students watched on live videolink from Beaumont Hospital.
“It was absolutely incredible, I never thought I would get to see it, especially at this stage, and to be able to speak to the surgeon as he talked us through it. When we saw the baby come out, the mother could hear us clapping and she started crying,” said Emily.
Clodagh from Ratheniska particularly enjoyed talking to the patients.
“We talked to a person who had gallstones and then watched his keyhole surgery, and we talked to a person with cystic fibrosis and another with kidney failure, it was an unbelieveable opportunity,” she said.
Mountmellick girl Ciara noted that just one girl out of the 190 TY students fainted during the week.
“It is very gory when you haven’t seen anything like it before, the consultants told us that third year medical students still faint,” said Ciara, who like the other girls, now hope to become medical professionals.
Saoirse is interested in paediatrics or general practice.
“A paediatrician told us everything about it. I thought the week was brilliant, I really enjoyed the surgeries, and seeing it from the surgeon’s point of view,” she said.
The week long TY MiniMed training programme included interactive lectures, training in clinical skills, human anatomy, forensic medicine, psychiatry, epilepsy, tropical medicine. Now in its eight year, It is delivered by leading medical professionals from RCSI and Beaumont Hospital.
Science teacher Ann Dollard was impressed.
“The programme was absolutely fantastic. They learned so much, it has opened their eyes to the field of medicine and science,” she said.