Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
For over two hundred years the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has played a major role in medical education and training in Ireland. Today RCSI has the largest medical school in Ireland and medical schools in Bahrain and Penang, plus schools of Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Paramedics, and Healthcare Management.
RCSI is responsible in Ireland for providing postgraduate specialist training and education in the surgical specialities, emergency medicine, radiology, nursing and midwifery, dentistry, sports and exercise medicine and ophthalmology. RCSI’s Research Institute is one of Ireland’s foremost scientific research centres.
Links to the health workforce crisis
In July 2007, RCSI & College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to improve the standards of surgical care, education, training and examinations in COSECSA countries and initiated a collaboration programme.
In January 2008, Irish Aid granted start up funding and RCSI provided staff time and resources (curricula, education tools, skills training, examinations, accreditation and quality assurance processes) to initiate and pilot the Programme. Having completed a successful development phase in year 1, the Programme has now entered its second year of activities and has benefited from continued Irish Aid support.