September 2016 | Meán Fómhair 2016

UCD Salute to the Nation’s Military History

Wed, 21 September 16 17:03

In 1934, UCD graduates funded the commissioning of the Kevin Barry window in Earlsfort Terrace, to commemorate the first year medical student executed during Ireland’s War of Independence.  The Richard King designed artwork from the Harry Clarke Studio, illustrates key episodes from Ireland’s military history and includes one panel with the then recently introduced badge of the National Army, symbolised by the letters ‘FF’.  The Kevin Barry Window was relocated to UCD Health Sciences Centre, the home of the UCD School of Medicine in 2011.

160921 - Students of UCD Diploma in Military Medical Care at the Kevin Barry Window

It’s fitting then, that the first cohort of members of the Defence Forces to begin the UCD Diploma in Military Medical Care (DipMMC) should be pictured alongside a UCD tribute to their institution from more than 80 years ago.  The DipMMC is an intensive one year programme which will equip graduates to undertake the demanding role of Combat Medical Technician in home and deployed settings.

The UCD School of Medicine introduced a 60 credit University Diploma in Military Medical Care with its first intake of 23 students enrolling in September 2016.  The 19 men and 4 women, all members of the Irish Defence Forces, hail from Dublin, Cork and Galway city and from 13 counties across Ireland.  The students range in age from 20 – 40 years with an average age of 29 years.

Ministerial approval for the recognition of Military Medicine as a stand-alone specialty qualification was granted in October 2015 and the specialty will operate under the auspices of the Irish College of General Practitioners. 

The UCD Diploma in Military Medical Care programme is run by the UCD Centre for Emergency Medical Science who provide training for advanced paramedics within the Irish Defence Forces as well as within the National Ambulance Service and the Irish Fire Service.  The School also provides expert training to An Garda Síochána in the areas of sexual assault forensic examination and roadside drug or alcohol impairment testing.

Hence in addition to the white laboratory coats or blue scrubs, you can now expect to see khaki green among the blue, fluorescent yellow, white and green of An Garda Síochána, the National Ambulance and the Irish Fire Services personnel studying at UCD School of Medicine.