9th June 2022
Medicine, the HPAT, the CAO and one big mistake to avoid
For any Leaving Certificate students hoping to go on to study medicine, the HPAT (Health Professions Admission Test) and the CAO (Central Applications Office) are two well-known abbreviations which are of great importance to you as you prepare for life after the Leaving Certificate. For me, I wasn’t certain until the very end of 6th year as to what exactly I wanted to do after school. ...
8th June 2022
5 tips for Leaving Cert exams from a current Medical Student
So the dreaded time of the leaving cert exams has rolled around once again and I’m sure many of you are trembling in your seats at the mere mention of it. But, trust me when I say that I can completely relate with you. This time last year I was in your position, getting ready to sit the leaving cert, my head flooded with feelings of excitement and anxiety for what lay ahead. I know that ...
2nd June 2022
9 Factors to Consider when Choosing a Medical School
There are 5 universities in the Republic of Ireland which offer undergraduate medicine: University College Dublin (UCD), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI), National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and University College Cork (UCC). It may seem difficult to decide which university is right for you and students often end up making their choice purely b ...
30th May 2022
Should I choose a Medicine Course with a Pre-Med Year?
A common question asked by medicine hopefuls is, “Should I choose a medical course with a pre-med year?” This blog answers this question. What is the difference between 5- and 6-year medical courses? First, we need to understand the difference between 5- and 6-year medical courses. 6-year courses have a pre-med year where you develop a science foun ...
30th May 2022
Timeline for Medical Entry 2021-2022
Getting into medicine is a complex process. It’s not just about your academic performance, you also need to succeed in HPAT. There are many important deadlines that you must not miss if you are to enter your dream course. This blog outlines the key dates and tasks so you can ensure you keep on track! Date Deadline Tasks ...
9th May 2022
How to Choose an Irish Medical School
In Ireland there are five medical schools that you can apply to as an undergraduate student: University College Dublin (UCD) Trinity College Dublin (TCD) Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) University College Cork (UCC) National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) As there are 10 spaces on your CAO application you can apply for all Irish medical scho ...
5th April 2022
Prerequisites for studying medicine in Ireland
The five universities that offer medicine all have a minimum requirement of 480 points from the same sitting of the Leaving Certificate or equivalent. They also have minimum subject requirements, so it is essential to consider this when deciding which Leaving Certificate subjects to choose. Some medicine courses are five years long and some are six. The six-year courses have a pre-med ...
21st March 2022
How to Prepare for the HPAT in 5th Year
So you’re in 5th year and you’re thinking about pursuing a career in medicine. You’ve been getting great grades and you have the people skills to become a doctor, so there should be no problem getting in. Then you find out about the HPAT. You hear that it can be a major obstruction to your journey, and only a select few are able to succeed in HPAT. You hear about all the peop ...
19th February 2022
A Student’s Experience Sitting HPAT Online 2022 (Plus Some Tips!)
I just sat HPAT 2022 online – and what a relief to have it over with! Overall it was as I expected with no major surprises, having done practice exams on MedEntry’s online platform. Check in process The check in process was similar to what was outlined in the ProctorU video emailed to us by ACER. I logged into the ProctorU site, and when the countdown reached 0, I w ...
16th February 2022
Napoleon Bonaparte once famously said “an army marches on its stomach”, and that is as relevant for HPAT as it was for the French Armies that Bonaparte commanded. Making sure you put the right things into your body in the lead up to HPAT is vital to making sure that you perform well on the day of the test. I’m sure you are well aware of what a quality diet consists, so in this post I’ll serve ...