Welcome to Donegal Medical Academy

Welcome to the Donegal Medical Academy.  You are very privileged to be part of the team here at Letterkenny University Hospital.   This program ensures that you are closely allied to the patients’ care and experiences, on their clinical journey through our hospital.  This early patient contact is intended to promote values of professionalism.  In particular, it affords a positive learning environment for development of the core value of empathy.  This is essential in ensuring you reach your full potential on your future journey as a medical doctor.  This program also ensures that each student is a fully integrated member of the clinical team.  By following a patient with a particular illness over their stay in hospital and in out-patients, you will get a good grasp of the care of that illness and the patient contact will often imbed these details in your mind.  It is a great way of learning. This is an essential component for the satisfactory completion of your training. 


What does our Academy offer?

The Donegal Medical Academy is now situated in a new purpose built state of the art building which comprises of a large lecture room, student study and social areas, five small group tutorial rooms and a large clinical skills lab.   


Where to find us:

The Academy is adjoined to the main hospital campus. It is situated on the extreme left of the main building.  There is direct access to the Academy from the car park.  

 Please click here to find our map location.


What Do Our Students Say?

Emma Maguire

My year at the Donegal Medical Academy has been the highlight of my time studying medicine! I was initially nervous to go somewhere that seemed so far from Galway, but as soon as I met the amazing team in the academy, I felt right at home! The academy experience is totally unique: instead of being in big, impersonal lecture groups like in preclinical years, you are in much smaller tutorial groups of less than ten students. Academically, this really gives you an opportunity to engage and learn in a way that you simply can’t in the larger group setting in Galway. The tutors are so kind and enthusiastic and really help you to consolidate what you have seen and learned on the wards with activities and lessons in the classroom. The hospital itself is a great experience too. Due to smaller student numbers there is ample opportunity to see a wide array of clinical procedures and to really get involved with the teams you are attached to.

There is a really welcoming atmosphere in the academy building itself, with the wonderful academy administrator always going above and beyond to make you feel at home. There are always spaces to study and couches and tables where you can sit and relax.… or have a tea party or two!

Socially, you will get to know the group of students with you for your time in Letterkenny really well. Who else are you going to share your first ever Pat’s Pizza with while recounting tales from Voodoo the night before?! And if exploring the Letterkenny nightlife isn’t your scene, there are some incredible beaches and national parks only a stone’s throw away. There are loads of other things on offer in the town too like great cafés and restaurants, at least three different gyms and a cinema. Before long you will be fully immersed in the Donegal way of life, but be careful – if you’re like me, you won’t want to leave!


Aisling Dunne

To say I was initially quite apprehensive when assigned Letterkenny academy for my placement may be a slight understatement, however, I soon grew to absolutely love it there!

The academy and hospital could not have been more welcoming to us as students and soon we found ourselves integrated into a new community. The people of Donegal are notoriously friendly and we found it refreshing how enthusiastic both the doctors and patients were to engage in teaching. Being in a smaller hospital meant that we were much more included in our teams, and I therefore found it easier to approach all staff, from the canteen staff that doted on us, to our consultants and tutors whom answered all of our questions (no matter how simple they seemed.)

The academy provided much more than academic support however. The tutors and academic staff made every effort to get to know us individually and support us in any way that they could - which was a luxury coming from a large hospital. The smaller groups enabled us to get to know not only our own class better, but also the class below - which made for great chats in the academy and endless cups of tea!

People who have yet to venture up to Letterkenny may be hesitant and constantly remind you that it is ‘too far away.’ While you may have to travel further than some of your classmates, for us, this meant that we were more inclined to spend our weekends in Donegal. This encouraged us to get to know each other even better and Donegal did not disappoint in providing us with entertainment - beaches, walks, becoming a local in Mac’s Deli, trips to Derry, student cinema deals and great nights out!

So in stark contrast from the very apprehensive girl I was initially, I would, if given the choice again, rank Letterkenny number one for placement in a heartbeat.


Contact Us:

 Academy Administrator:  Ms Gillian McGlinchey

Telephone number: 091 49 4664

Email:  gillian.mcglinchey@nuigalway.ie 

Office hours: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday:  9am – 2pm


Campus Life:


Donegal is the 2nd cheapest county in Ireland for House Rental Prices (as per the Daft.ie Rental Price Report - 2019 Q1).

Please click here to find accommodation details in the area.  


The Academy has a small kitchenette with fridge and microwave for students to self cater on campus. Letterkenny University Hospital has a canteen and a coffee shop.  

Letterkenny University Hospital has a coffee shop and a large restaurant serving excellent quality meals which are generously subsidised for staff and students.


Bus Feda and Bus Eireann offer regular services to and from Letterkenny.  Please click on the links below for timetable information:


Tourist Attractions:

In December 2016, Donegal was voted by National Geographic, the ‘Number 1’ place on the planet to visit in 2017. 
Please click on the links below for local tourist attractions and to see what Donegal has to offer:




Donegal Inishowen


Sports & Leisure:

Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny offers excellent facilities for health and fitness, including a 25m pool, gym, exercise classes, running track, astro pitch, hydro pool and soccer pitch. 

Letterkenny offers Local GAA,  Athletics, Tennis Club, Golf Club and many other sports & leisure clubs. 

 Donegal -surfing


Pastoral Care:

Details of the university's counselling services are available here

Jigsaw Donegal provides a free and confidential support service for young people aged 15 – 25 with mental health issues, with a drop-in centre on Pearse Road in Letterkenny.  Jigsaw aims to make sure that young people get the right support, where and when they need it.  Jigsaw Donegal is a partnership between Headstrong, HSE and The Alcohol Forum. 

Phone: 074 97 26920   Email: donegal@jigsaw.ie for an appointment. 
Address: Pearse Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, F92 W654 (across from the community centre)
Drop-in hours: Mon - Wed 4pm – 6pm, Thur 4pm – 8pm, Closed: Bank Holidays

Research Opportunities:

Letterkenny University hospital offers Donegal Medical Academy students the opportunity to apply for a Summer Research Bursary and present their project at the annual LUH Research Day.  Please contact our Academy Administrator for further details.  

Special Study Module (SSM):

A number of special study modules are offered to 4th year students at the Donegal Medical Academy.  You can contact our Academy Administrator for further details.  

NUI Galway's Medical Society:

NUI Galway's MedSoc website is available here 



Academy Team: 

Name   Strand/Module   Email
Prof Vera Keatings    Academy Dean & Honorary Personal Professor  vera.v.keatings@nuigalway.ie 
Dr Sarah Brennan Lecturer, General Practice (GP) & Respiratory & Peri Operative Care sarah.s.brennan@nuigalway.ie
Dr Caroline Richardson
Lecturer, Cardiovascular (CVS)    caroline.richardson@nuigalway.ie
Dr Katherine Murray Lecturer, Mental Health katherine.murray@nuigalway.ie
Dr Evelyn McManus Lecturer, General Medicine & Surgery (GMS) evelynregina.mcmanus@nuigalway.ie
Dr Mona O’Boyle Lecturer, Children's Health mona.oboyle@nuigalway.ie

Academy Administrator 

Ms Gillian McGlinchey
Telephone number: 091 49 4664
Email:  gillian.mcglinchey@nuigalway.ie 
Office hours: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday:  9am – 2pm