181 teenagers watch live Caesarean Section in Dublin

WATCH: Transition Year students taking part in MiniMed programme saw 10lb baby boy delivered

181 teenagers watch live Caesarean Section in Dublin

Photo: RCSI via Twitter

181 Transition Year students have witnessed a Caesarean Section via video link, as part of the MiniMed programme.

The course, which is run by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) each year, involves students from every county, who are thinking about a career in medicine.

Master of the Rotunda, Professor Fergal Malone, performed the surgery, via video link:


The RCSI tweeted a picture from today's procedure: 

Mum and baby, a boy, are doing well.

Reporter Juliette Gash was there: 

MiniMed programme

The RCSI has developed the MiniMed programme in conjunction with Beaumont hospital and 90 secondary schools across Ireland.

It is designed to let students experience what it is really like to train and work as a hospital doctor.

Students taking part will this week witness a tonsillectomy and a laparoscopic surgery, as well as this morning's Caesarean.

During the C-section, students were allowed to ask questions of the surgical team.

Experts will also give them tutorials in specialties like forensic medicine, surgery and emergency medicine.

Professor Arnold Hill, Head of the RCSI School of Medicine said: "It doesn't get much more hands-on than watching baby being born in front of your eyes. RCSI's TY MiniMed programme is now in its ninth year and it is a fantastic opportunity for students to spent time a real hospital environment."

The RCSI says it will help the students decide if a career in medicine is for them.