DESPITE skeletons and surgical sutures, there were few squeamish faces among aspiring young doctors as they took their first virtual step into the medical world.
Around 400 second-level students seized the chance to check out the facilities at the country's largest medical school, the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin.
Getting the opportunity to conduct virtual surgery and being talked through an operation by breast cancer specialist Professor Arnie Hall provided much food for thought for the students.
Hannah Bredin (18) had travelled up from Ennis, Co Clare, to attend the open day.
As she watched the surgery on screen, she said she found it very informative.
"Watching this on screen doesn't bother me at all -- it would definitely be something I'd be interested in," she said.
Conor Quinn (18), a Leaving Cert student from Malahide Community School in Dublin, is also considering a career in the medical field.
With a particular interest in oncology, he was one of the keenest students watching Prof Hall's presentation.
Classmate Sinead Kiernan (17), who is hoping to study physiotherapy, also attended the open day, saying she had cemented her interest.
This was the 10th year of the RCSI open day.