Essential Information

All Medicine students entering clinical training must have evidence of compliance with criteria 1-5 below. If you have any concerns about your compliance status for any criterion, please contact the UCD Health Science Programme Office. The following guides and handbooks will assist you during your clinical orientation:

Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Medical Practitioners
Medical Council

Guidelines for Medical School on Ethical Standards and Behaviour Appropriate for Medical Students
Medical Council

Clinical Orientation - A Guide for Students in Clinical Training
UCD School of Medicine
To download, please click here - Learning on Clinical Sites - A Guide for Students in Clinical Training

1. Confidentiality Agreement

A confidentiality agreement must be signed by all students prior to entering clinical training.

“I understand that during my studies at University College Dublin, I will be exposed to clinical encounters with real patients and real cases.  I understand that information relating to patient health care history, diagnosis, condition, treatment, or evaluation shall be considered individually identifiable health information and therefore should not be disclosed verbally or in writing.  I agree to respect the privacy of all patients and disclose information only when given written consent from the patient concerned.”

2. Ethical Conduct

You must at all times act in accordance with the ‘Guide to Ethical Conduct and Behaviour’ issued by the Irish Medical Council, a pocket copy of which is provided at the Clinical Commencement ‘White Coat’ Ceremony.  Specific extracts from this publication are reproduced in green throughout this document. You should be familiar with its contents before entering clinical sites. Additional copies of the brochure can be downloaded from the Medical Council website.  

3. Healthcare Screening

All students must meet Health Screening Requirements prior to clinical training as follows:

  • Vaccination against Hepatitis B and any follow up testing if necessary
  • Screening for immunity for chicken pox (Varicella Zoster) and vaccination if necessary
  • Screening for immunity for Measles, Mumps and  Rubella and vaccination if necessary
  • Screening for Tuberculosis and Hepatitis C

Any student infected with a blood borne virus must be under the care of appropriate physician in Ireland for the duration of their undergraduate studies and will be expected to participate in a long-term healthcare plan. Students who show evidence of active infection at any stage of their medical career will be required to withdraw from patient contact, undertake treatment and demonstrate non-infectivity before re-admission to the programme.

4. Garda Vetting

All students will have submitted Garda Vetting forms or Police Clearance Certificate (if a student has lived outside of Ireland for more than 6 months) on commencing the Medicine programme. You must notify the UCD Health Science Programme Office immediate if there has been any change to this clearance.

5. Infection Control Certification for Clinical Students

Prior to starting clinical attachments students must be certified as having satisfactorily completed the Infection Control Workshop which is part of the Physical Examination and Clinical Procedures module.