TCD Med Day Outreach Project

Posted on: 07 January 2008

The Trinity Access Programmes (TAP), in conjunction with the students of the fifth year TCD Med Day Committee hosted this years “Med Day Outreach Project”, a series of day long, clinical workshops for 2nd year pupils studying in 20 of TAP’s link secondary schools on Wednesday, December 19th last. 

Over the course of day, students and their teachers are taught a number medical procedures including, how to measure and read blood pressure, the art of suturing, how to read x-rays and how the spine works. They also get the chance to learn how to conduct keyhole surgery, use ECG machines and resuscitate patients.

The outreach programme allows students studying in schools with low progression rates to third level, and in particular to University, the opportunity to spend a full day in Trinity College , giving them an insight into the physical, cultural and academic aspects of college life.

This year 125 secondary students, 15 secondary school teachers and 30 medicine undergraduate volunteers participated in the Med Day Outreach Project. The day culminated in a questions & answers session where the second level students got a chance to ask current medicine undergraduates about their course, the subjects they sat for Leaving Certificate and their experiences of being a student at Trinity College .