School of Medicine and Medical Science (University College Dublin)
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The School of Medicine and Medical Science (Scoil an Leighis agus Eolaíocht an Leighis) at University College Dublin, Ireland, was founded in 1854. Graduates include the current head of school, outgoing dean and the president of the University College Dublin.
The school offers five programmes; Medicine MB BCh BAO (undergraduate and graduate entry), BSc Physiology, BSc Biomedical Health and Life Sciences and the BSc Radiography.
UCDs degree in Radiography is the oldest in Europe with the first graduates being conferred in 1994. It is the only Diagnostic Imaging Programme in the Republic of Ireland.
The School has opened a purpose-built building on the Belfield campus, the heart of the university. It is close to the Conway Institute (a biomedical and biomolecular research centre), Ireland's Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases, and the Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology.
Undergraduate entry medical students study a three-year pre-clinical programme (a pre-medicine year is completed by approximately 85% Leaving Certificate students) and then study two final years in the affiliated teaching hospitals, either St. Vincent’s University Hospital or the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. Graduate entry medical students study a 2-year-pre-clinical programme and study the final two years in the affiliated hospitals. Upon graduation students are awarded bachelor's degrees in medicine, surgery and obstetrics.
The medical school has a twinning medical programme with the Penang Medical College. There is also a small group of North American students entering each year.
In September 2005 there was a restructuring of the medical programme in the systems-based model, as part of a university wide implementation.