AboutTrinity College Dublin was founded in 1592 after a small group of citizens obtained a charter from Queen Elizabeth I, making it the oldest university in Ireland and one of the oldest in Europe. Two years later, a few Fellows and students began to work in the new College, which then consisted of one small square. Over the next century, a curriculum was devised and statutes were framed. Endowments, including considerable landed estates, were secured, new fellowships were founded and the books that formed the beginning of the great library were acquired. While Medicine has been taught at the College since 1711, legislation passed in 1800 would formally establish the influence of Trinity College on the great age of Dublin medicine. Present day Trinity College Dublin has over 40 departments offering a wide variety of courses. The College's library is currently one of the largest in Europe housing over 3 million volumes in its collection. Today's enrollment at Trinity stands at approximately 13,000. The medical degree program at Trinity is five years in length. Over the first and second years, students study the structure and function of the human body in health and disease, analyze some of the ethical issues of medical practice and begin to acquire experience in clinical skills. A research module, beginning in second year, provides a sound understanding of the principles of research. Exposure to the hospital setting occurs progressively from the end of the second year. The hospital attachments program begins with an introductory clinical course in the final term of the second year, comprising lectures, clinical demonstrations and bedside tutorials. From the beginning of the third year, students attend hospitals, taking rotations in Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Community Health, General Practice and Ophthalmology/E.N.T.
MissionTrinity College builds on its four-hundred-year-old tradition of scholarship to confirm its position as one of the great universities of the world, providing a liberal environment where independence of thought is highly valued and where staff and students are nurtured as individuals and are encouraged to achieve their full potential. The College is committed to excellence in both research and teaching, to the enhancement of the learning experience of each of its students and to an inclusive College community with equality of access for all. The College will continue to disseminate its knowledge and expertise to the benefit of the City of Dublin, the country and the international community.