About the Journal

The Trinity Student Medical Journal (TSMJ) is a peer-reviewed open-access journal that was established in 1999. The TSMJ is student-run and student-led with academic support and advice from the School of Medicine. It was encouraged by founding academic advisors Professor Moira O’Brien and Professor Conleth Feighery and our continued gratitude is extended to them both.


The journal aims to provide a platform for students to communicate current original medical or health science-related research. Over the years, the TSMJ has also become renowned for being an excellent port of call for students, providing opinions and features on a wide range of topics highlighting views and experiences from all aspects of the medical profession.

Articles are accepted from students in medicine and other healthcare fields who are mainly studying in Trinity College Dublin, as it is our view that medicine is the meeting point of many health science disciplines. Through this, we seek to continue to promote the thriving state of student research across Ireland in the context of the rapidly changing face of contemporary medicine.

All our articles can be found free to access on our website and indexed in Google Scholar. Hard copies of the TSMJ are distributed in the main TCD hospitals; St. James’ Hospital and Tallaght University Hospital, as well as in the Trinity Biomedical Science Institute. 


The Trinity Student Medical Journal is intended to provide an inclusive vehicle for students to communicate current medical research, opinions, and thoughts to other students, faculty members, and faculty of affiliated hospitals and institutions. We publish articles relating to many aspects of medicine including scientific research, medical essays, and clinical experience. Articles are accepted from students in all of TCD's Faculty of Health Sciences. The Journal acts as a medium that is responsive to the rapidly changing face of contemporary medicine and is able to grow and expand as rapidly as the subject.

All published articles are reviewed by a panel of editors drawn from the medical student body of Trinity College Dublin. The authors, editors, and publishers do not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage arising from actions or decisions based on information contained in this publication; the ultimate responsibility for the treatment of patients and the interpretation of published material lies with the medical practitioner. The statements and opinions expressed are those of the authors and the inclusion in this publication of material relating to a particular product, method or technique does not amount to an endorsement of its value or quality, or of the claims made by its manufacturer.

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

All permissions were obtained. All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, scanning, or otherwise except as described below, without the permission in writing of the publisher.

Copyright © 2019 Trinity Student Medical Journal

Copying of articles is not permitted except for personal and internal use, to the extent permitted by national copyright law.

Current and previous volumes can be accessed here on this website.


ISSN 1393-9572 (Print)

ISSN 1393-9815 (Online)