Proposals to change medical education in Ireland
- By: Siân Knight
Michael Martin, Ireland's minister for education, has backed new proposals to change the system of medical education in Ireland fundamentally. At the moment, students who study medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or pharmacology follow a similar study route to students in the United Kingdom; under the new proposals, however, students would take a two year common course in health care or life science before deciding to specialise in a healthcare discipline. If a student then decided not to specialise, s/he would be awarded a university certificate.
Dr Martin Newell, the director of the central admissions office, which handles applications to Ireland's third level colleges, first suggested the proposals. He points out the advantage of the new system would be to take an enormous amount of pressure off school leavers. According to figures from the central admissions office, two thirds of students who achieve maximum score points in the in the school