You will make lasting connections with classmates and staff at the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin. It is important throughout your time here that you not only build academic fortitude, but that you look after yourself and participate in activities you enjoy.
There are countless student groups and societies on campus - Dublin University Central Societies Committee give you a taste of what's on offer. There are 3 major societies connected to the Medicine course - BioSoc, MOVE and Med Day.
Dublin University, Biological Association, belovedly known as BioSoc or the Bi, was founded in 1874. Not only do they organise a number of events, including a Book Sale, an Eid-ul-adha Celebration, the Christmas trip and Panto, the Inaugural Ball and a fantastic Careers Night, but they also provide a number of survival guides to students on every year of the course
Med Day is an annual tradition that kicks off with a launch event and culminates into a day of activity, starting with a sea of matching t-shirts descending upon Dublin city centre to shake buckets and collect contributions. From lunchtime the cash count begins and fundraisers head to the cricket pitch and the Pav for celebrations and further fundraising activities. In 2016 there was a bouncy castle, an ice cream truck, and bidding wars over who got to put a pie in the face of staff members to raise much needed funds for ICU in St James's Hospital and the Oncology Day Unit at Tallaght Hospital.
Medical Overseas Voluntary Electives or MOVE raises money for our students to bring medical equipment and supplies to resource-poor settings when on their summer elective. The students have built these relationships over the years in places like, Tanzania, Malawi, India and Vietnam.
In 1999, the Trinity Student Medical Journal (TSMJ) was founded to provide an opportunity for students to communicate their research accomplishments. Students are invited to participate in TSMJ through sitting on the editorial board or submission of work. The magazine is launched in print at an annual School event.
Within the school, there are a number of student interest groups aimed at promoting interest in certain clinical areas, such as Surgery, Paediatrics and Emergency Medicine. Additionally students are invited to sign up with any society they wish so whether your interests are religious, art or sport based there are unlimited opportunities to broaden their horizons and make new friends.
You may face a few challenges in your time as a student. The School of Medicine are here to help with anything we can and if we are unable to directly assist, we can put you into touch with the relevant office.
We work closely with your tutor, campus services and peer student groups to ensure robust support is available for matters of health & well-being, academics and practicalities. Early in your first academic year, students are assigned a tutor who is available to advise on matters of academic and personal significance.
Trinity Sport keeps you fit while the College Health Service will help you look after your mind and body on a one-to-one basis or through Healthy Trinity initiatives. Our Student Counselling Service provides confidential and non-judgemental support at no cost to registered students and School staff attend training sessions with them to ensure we're able to help as best as we can.
Student Learning & Development are on hand to fortify your academic skills with a fantastic range of workshops and events, as well as individual guidance.
The Student2Student office provides mentors to every new student at Trinity - you meet them during Orientation week where they'll give you hints and tips to help you transition to Trinity. Your mentor will be available to you throughout your first year and there is also peer support available to students at any stage during their time in College. They also run a New2Dublin evening to help anyone new to the city make friends. You might even volunteer to become a mentor or supporter yourself after your first year!
We're big on peer support and student engagement here at Trinity - TCDSU run student elections and advocate on behalf of all students at Trinity on a college and national level. At School level we invite your class representatives to provide reports at Curriculum and student Welfare and Progress committees, as well as link in with us on anything that arises for your class.
We've also got you covered for practical items - here in the Medical school we issue documents, letters and transcripts for current students and alumni as we understand this is a necessity for your entire life in Medicine. Our colleagues in Academic Registry are able to help with letters for financial institutions and visa requirements.