||Beaumont Hospital, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
of site institution (3-4 words):
a language requirement? If so, state language:
- Please describe your activities while abroad (eg, seeing
patients, clinical research, public health project, etc.):
I did a month-long elective in ER at Beaumont Hospital.
- Please describe the range of activities available,
in addition to yours:
Visiting students can do 1-month electives in almost any
field from nephrology to ortho.
- Would you recommend this institution to other Penn
medical students? Why?
Maybe...not the ER elective, though. The ER elective has
very little structure and makes med students (even students
at the RCSI) feel marginalized. But maybe other electives
are OK. Also, I had a wonderful time in Dublin otherwise,
outside of the hospital. That made the trip worth it.
- What did you not like?
Med students in Ireland, it seems like, are not afforded
as much responsibility as U.S. students are used to. There
is a hierarchy there that is much more pronounced than in
U.S. institutions. I was given very little orientation or
explanation of what my duties/responsibilities were (maybe
because there weren't very many) not encouraged to see patients
on my own. I wasn't given a computer code until I asked
for one, and even then was given a generic code. Also, the
ER was very, very crowded and the residents very overworked.
In spite of that, though, some of the residents were very
- Is there an application process for this institution?
How does one arrange a visit? Are there important dates
to know about?
Yes, there is a form that you can print from www.rcsi.ie
and either mail or fax in. They
usually have most visiting students rotate there in July
or August, but a limited number are accepted year-round.
I went in July and had started researching it in February.
- What costs were associated with the trip, other than
transportation. Please include institutional fees, housing
costs, food, etc.:
No institutional fees. I paid for everything. Had my
own room in an apt that I shared with 4 other girls in the
center of Dublin, about $550/month. Bought my own food,
bus fare, airfare, etc.
- Did you receive funding for this trip? If so, from
whom and for how much? Please provide important information,
such as contacts, application procedure, and due dates:
- Would you agree to be contacted by other students interested
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