Welcome to the easiest year of your life. First off let me say that if you are reading this guide, you are already expecting too much of pre-med. It's a year to relax after the Leaving Cert. You don't really need to spend any money on books, just entertainment, for the year. There were a lot of 9am starts though so best of luck trying to get up for these. MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) will be the main method of examining this year. They are much better than huge essay questions. Make sure to find out though if there is negative marking in each of these MCQ exams. For the important part of this guide please see below Nightclubs 2 Go 2.
Premed is an excellent opportunity to meet your classmates and have a bit of craic! Yes, you should do your best to attend lectures and labs but don’t stress! You will have plenty of time to freak out in later years!
Best of luck this year!
ZOOL 10010 Medical Zoology
Professor(s):Tom Wilson et al.
Last year, we had to do an essay on an exotic disease and write out a lab workbook. Make sure to bring in the lab book to the practicals and having achieved this, make sure to keep up on the write-ups in the book. They're easy enough but they require a lot of time spent drawing out the various parasites and worms that you'll be looking at in the labs. You can do them outside the labs but you have to finish and hand them in for the last lab. Oh and you'll need to buy a lab coat for these practicals (which you'll use for the rest of medicine). You can get one in the Student Union shop in Science block. It's an interesting module especially if you want to go abroad to Africa or South America. It focuses on exotic diseases like malaria as well as primate evolution and population dynamics. MCQs take up the rest of the marks for this module (including the final exam), all of which are alright.
MDSA 10180 Basic Principles of Cell Biology
Professor(s): William Watson, Nuala Clarke et al.
If you did biology for the Leaving, the first half of this module is mainly revision. The latter half though contains some fairly detailed aspects and may require some additional attention if you didn't do biology. If you miss the entire module though (not recommending this), you have another module in 1st Med that covers a lot of this. Although it is not particularly complicated, there is a large amount of learning to be done so start your revision for this one early. Think there was an essay in there as well somewhere.
CHEM 10070 General & Physical Chemistry
Professor(s): Earle Waghorne & Kenneth Dawson
Leaving Cert. Chemistry students will find that Prof. Waghorne's lectures are just revision. Prof. Dawson's notes though are way out of the scope of the Leaving Cert Chemistry so go to his lectures if you can. This is a very doable module which will require extra work for those who didn't take chemistry for the Leaving.
PHYC 10120 Physics in Medicine
Physics in Medicine
Professor(s): Vio Buchete
This module tends to stress people out a lot more than it should. The lecture slides can be confusing but luckily Leaving Cert physics covers most of what you need to know. If you’re struggling, try and borrow the Leaving Cert book from a friend to nail the basics. The labs are fine, they’re tedious but nothing too abstract so you can have a bit of craic. They have a big overlap with the Leaving Cert so if you do alright in them, and put a few hours into the class tests, you’ll be flying! *coughthefinalexamwas100%mechanicscough* Good luck!
Professor(s): Shane Foley *sigh*
One of the rare pre-med modules that’s directly related to medicine. The course is very broad so you’ll be introduced to all the main imaging modalities, ethics, 1st year radiographers and information systems. Gotta love them information systems… The project is actually good craic if you stay on top of it and you’ll make some radiography friends so get involved. If you do the CALs you’ll do better but it’s up to yourself, we were told which CAL was going to be graded in advance so that took the pressure off. The final exam isn’t exactly easy but it’s very do-able once you get your head around the basics.
PHYC 10090 Physics II
Physics in Medicine 2 – Physics in Medicine 2 is a straightforward enough module. If you’ve done leaving cert physics then you will have covered most of these topics before.
If you haven’t I wouldn’t worry, the format of the module is a lot more structured and easier to follow than the previous physics module and you have the benefit of having past papers up on SIS Web to practice if you aren’t as confident with the topics!
MDSA 10210 Science, Medicine & Society
Professor(s): about 20-30 different ones
Fairly broad range of lectures for this module. Some of the lectures include The Development of Surgery, Role of Iodine in Medicine, Stem Cell Therapy and loads more. You should give these lectures a look as they aim to teach you about the broader aspects of medicine. The final exam consists of having to write several essays on a choice of lectures. You can usually predict some of the ones that come up. GUARANTEED: Role of Iodine in Medicine (if it doesn't come up, the MedSoc Auditor will streak through your first lecture next year GUARANTEED).
There is a group project with the Biomeds though and it can be a great way to get to know them, as some of them may be joining your class next year!
CHEM 10090 Organic Chemistry (Med)
Professor(s): Donal O' Shea, Xiangming Zhu & Frank Hegarty
Again, the best bet for this module is to study the past papers. You will have a few take home assessments during the term that you should really try to do well in. Additionally, many students found it helpful going to see Professor Zhu to ask questions, he is really helpful and appreciates the effort! If you are really struggling definitely look into getting a tutor! A few grinds can really help clear some things up and if they take you through the past papers you will be graaaand
CHEM 10080 Inorganic Chemistry (Med)
PAST PAPERS. That is literally all you will need to know for this module. Do not be daunted by the 100% 1hr final. Most people manage to get an A in this module solely by studying past exam papers. The lecture notes are very long and quite confusing so its difficult to follow along if you don’t attend lectures. If you really struggle with chemistry, getting a few grinds could really help! There also a number of great youtube videos that explain lattice structures helps a lot!
MDSA 10200 Medical Genetics
This module has some really interesting material and the slides are easy to understand. That said, start studying it early (i.e. not just study week) as it is probably your most information-dense module in Semester 2. If you’ve done some genetics before it’s handy but won’t make a huge difference unless you happened to focus on genetic diseases and their causes. Learning about these conditions is vital to the final exam, which was 100% MCQ for us. It sounds basic but the answers can be closely related to confuse you so make sure you know your Angelman from you Prader-Willi and your oncogenes from your tumour suppressors. Studying now will take the pressure off genetics in 2nd Med so aim higher than a pass (C’s are good too).
IN PROGRAMME ELECTIVES:
Professor(s): Robin Feeney
No, it is not CSI. Nope, you don’t get to solve crimes. Yes, you do get to play (respectfully) with the skeletons. This elective is a nice introduction to the bone structure part of anatomy so it’ll stand to you next year. You’ll learn how to identify sex, ancestry, age, stature and trauma from skeletal remains. The human evolution part of the module has oodles of weird and difficult-to-pronounce words but it’s MCQ so that literally does not matter whatsoever, and it means you get to study primates – have you ever seen a baby orang-utan? Great elective overall.
HCIN 10030 Multimedia Studies
Professor(s): Pat Felle and Maeve Clancy
This is a decent elective. You learn how to make a Powerpoint Presentation and how to setup a simple internet site based on a certain medical disease. You will be assigned to small groups of 4 or 5 for these small assignments. The final exam is alright as well, mainly short questions. It’s a super easy module and you get to be in a small class with the professor - get to know them and you can get really good references in the future.