View Full Version : first year of med school in Ireland

07-15-2009, 03:01 PM
hello everyone,
I was just wondering for those of you who have done a few years of med school in ireland was there anything major that you wished you had brought with you in your first year. I am trying to decide what to pack, and it sure isnt easy. So any thoughts?? Also any advice on how to plug in all of your NA electronics? Just buy a whole bunch of converters, or can you plug a power bar into a converter, or will that be too much for the circuit to handle?

Any suggestions would be great!

12-17-2009, 07:37 PM
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12-22-2009, 11:24 PM
You need a step down converter for sure but you can plug a strip into it, no problem. I had a friend do this and ran two desk tops off of it. Obviously you are at a monetary disadvantage with the euro vs. the dollar (assuming you're American, and even worse if Canadian), so try to make sure you pack as much as you can in terms of clothing and personal toiletries. However, go ahead and buy your paper in Ireland because it is sized differently and won't fit your binders etc. Pencils, pens, etc, however you can bring, if you have enough room. You're going to be there awhile, so eventually, no matter how well you pack, you'll have to replenish with Irish items at euro cost. As for things that seem to be better quality in the US vs. Ireland/UK...shoes would be a major one on my list. Buy them in the US, especially if you are female. Also, if you are a plus sized female (over size 20), I would suggest stocking up on clothing. You can find it there, but its not as readily available as in the US.

Other than that, the food is better there than in the US (plus you don't have to worry about GMO junk there) and there are lots of "take-aways" if you don't feel like cooking.

Bring plenty of socks and expect to only find "duvets and duvet covers" there, not the typical comforter. Bed linens are similar otherwise. Asda, if in Ireland (as the UK) is a Wal Mart company and similar in what you can buy. Tesco is tops for groceries and clothing too (similar brands to Target).

12-28-2009, 12:35 PM
ya a converter to change the voltage is very handy.. you can get one at best buy, blacks, and so on. the only down side is they do tend to wear out.

dont bother bringing over a plug in clock of any kind. even when you convert the power to 110, its still running slower then north american power hertz wise. 60 to 50... so what ends up happening is your clocks run slower. its actually kinda funny, me and my roomate were late 3 days in a row thinking we just set the clock wrong before we figured that out. laptops and battery chargers and other stuff work fine.

most laptops wont need a voltage adapter at all cause they can handle multiple input types, but you will need a socket adaptor for the plug, but they are much cheaper then voltage adaptors.

one thing i brought that I was very happy with was my gortex solomon shoes. i bought them cause someone had recomended water proof shoes to me before leaving and they were easliy the best thing I brought. It rains pretty much all the time and when its not there are still puddles everywhere from the 25 secs ago when it was raining. they keep your feet dry and make you much less misrible.

im not sure which school you are going to or which program. but if you are doing one of the 4 year medical ones where you already have a degree then you wont need that biology text book that other person said. its assumed you have already taken biology and there are no courses on it at all. i cant speak for the 5 and 6 year programs though.

if you have a junk lab coat to spare then bring it. you need one for anatomy lab. you will have to buy a school one anyway for hospital but you dont want to be smelling of dead people all day there. most people just pick up a blank (non school emblem) one for lab at the medical shops there and it is easy to do. but if you bring your own you can save some euros and it doesnt add to much weight to your luggage. remember everything there costs the same as it does in north america but only in euros.

so say a bottle of coke in a vending machine here costs 2 bucks, in ireland its 2 euro, since all our savings, loans, credit card bills are in our money that coke just cost you 3.8 US/CDN , same for a 30-40 euro lab coat.

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