By Finian Coghlan
A YOUNG Athy woman has not only been accepted into the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) this week (14 September) to study medicine, she has also won that college’s scholarship as the student with the highest combined (HPAT and Leaving Cert) points on entry.
Eve McGlinchey (19) from Smallford sat the Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT) in February where she came in the top two per cent in the country, before landing a whopping 625 points in her Leaving Cert last week.
On Friday the CAO offer of a place was made for the RCSI, before the college itself came with the news that Eve was this year’s recipient of the Consilio Manuque Scholarship worth €5,000 each year for five years, and sets her up with an academic mentor and a role in representing RCSI on occasion.
“I’m happily surprised,” said the modest young woman.
“I’m really grateful now I did the HPAT in February, because it was the only exam I got to sit,” she said.
“It was not like anything I ever had to sit before. It tested empathy, and critical thinking,” said the enthused scholar.
Eve went to montessori in Tír na nóg Athy, primary school in Scoil Mhíchíl Naofa in the town, before attending secondary school in St Leo’s in Carlow, and felt it worthwhile to give them a shout-out for the groundings they afforded her.
Curiously, it was a visit to her GP in fifth year that finally pushed her in the direction of medicine as a career.
“I always had the idea I wanted to work with people, but in fifth year I wasn’t really aware of the profession because I hadn’t been to the doctors in years,” she explained.
“Then I went to Dr Kidney for an actual check-up, and just even being able to talk to him, and that it wasn’t a stressful situation, made it easier for me to go for medicine,” she revealed.
“That one visit kinda convinced me,” she admitted.
Eve sets out in her profession when she registers at RCSI on 5 October and then “it’s all online for the first two weeks”.
“We’ll have to go in once or twice a week for labs, but most of it will be done online,” she said.
Unsurprisingly, this is not Eve’s first time to soar, as she featured in these very pages only six years ago as editor of the school paper in Scoil Mhicheál Naofa.
Parents Hugh and Mary McGlinchey are rightly bursting with pride.