Welcome to Donegal Medical Academy

‌Welcome to the Donegal Medical Academy.  You are very privileged to be part ofthe 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.

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:


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.  


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.  Details will be available in early Spring 2017. 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    vera.v.keatings@nuigalway.ie 
Dr. Sarah Brennan Lecturer, General Practice (GP) & Respiratory & Peri Operative Care sarah.s.brennan@nuigalway.ie
Dr. Stephen Sludds Lecturer, Womens' Health stephen.sludds@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
Dr Vanessa Phillips    Lecturer, Cardiovascular (CVS) vanessaann.phillips@nuigalway.ie

Academy Administrator 

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