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Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

For over 200 years, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has played a major role in medical education and training in Ireland. Founded in 1784 to train surgeons, today RCSI provides extensive education and training in the healthcare professions at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Feinberg School of Medicine MD students may apply to complete a four-week rotation at RCSI. Rotations will take place at Waterford Hospital in the town of Waterford, located about two hours south of Dublin.

The Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences is home to Ireland's largest medical school, one of the world's leading international medical schools, as well as prestigious Schools of Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Nursing & Midwifery, Postgraduate Studies and an Institute of Leadership. RSCI is the professional training body for Surgery in Ireland. Under statutory authority, it manages postgraduate residency training, memberships and fellowships and continuous professional development for the Republic of Ireland.

RSCI offers senior visiting medical students surgical electives at Waterford University Hospital, a regional referral hospital located in Waterford, Ireland, approximately 165 kilometers southwest of Dublin. The hospital has 429 beds and is designated one of Ireland's eight cancer centers as part of their National Cancer Control Programme. The city of Waterford has 49,000 residents, making it the fifth largest city in Ireland.

  • Dates: Various
  • Length of rotation: Four weeks
  • Location: Waterford, Ireland (clinical rotations in Dublin are not offered)
  • Student level: M4/phase 3 students
  • Elective credit: Departments of Orthopedic, Vascular, General, Breast, Urology and Gastrointestinal Surgery

Rotation Information

Students are invited to select three preferences from the list of available surgical specialities. Junior surgery clerkship must be completed prior to applying.


Student dormitories are provided by the RCSI.


Completed applications must be received eight months prior to your preferred start date. Successful applicants will be advised four months in advance of the location and start date of the elective, after which students will be required to register their acceptance. Upon receipt of these documents, students will be informed of the allocated specialty.


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