Medical education in Ireland recently underwent significant reform, and this article provides an analysis of its changes, what they imply for medical education there, and their potential effect on future training and practice in Ireland.
Irish medical education strives to develop doctors who are compassionate and caring, capable of using their medical knowledge effectively when treating patients. The ultimate aim is providing patients with high-quality service at great value for money – increasingly done so as part of a collaborative team environment requiring cooperation among different members of healthcare professions.
Irish medical schools typically require applicants to meet certain prerequisites before being accepted to medical school; these could include prerequisites in biology, chemistry, physics, math and English. Atlantic Bridge can help with meeting these prerequisits to apply to Irish med schools – details on this can be found in an email sent after filling out our Application Request form.
Over recent years, contradicting claims have been made regarding how much it costs the state to train a doctor. Many of these arguments seem to take the position that training doctors is costly and drains our health service of workforce when these trained individuals leave Ireland and move elsewhere with their skillsets.
As much as these concerns deserve our full consideration, medical education in Ireland needs to take account of other issues such as bullying behavior among trainees which has contributed to many choosing not to continue in their careers and migrating elsewhere.