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About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a range of key areas of expertise.
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At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
SIMMED School for Transition Year Students
NUI Galway’s SIMMED School takes place annually in the university’s School of Medicine and in the Nurses’ Home in Galway University Hospital. Going into its fifth year, SIMMED School is an innovative and unique programme for Transition Year students who are interested in exploring medicine as a career.
Students are immersed in the world of medicine over a four day programme, giving them a flavour of what life will be like as a doctor in a major teaching hospital. A hot lunch is provided for students on each day. Throughout the programme, students are part of a simulated medical team and get to carry out medical and surgical skills in the Irish Centre for Applied Patient Safety and Simulation (ICAPSS) in Galway University Hospital. They hear the experiences of current students starting their journey in the School of Medicine and those of fully qualified doctors. They also meet different professionals employed in a wide range of roles throughout the hospital, learn about common medical problems and discovered interesting facts about plastic surgery, orthopaedics, HIV, oncology, diabetes, asthma and many more topics.
OBJECTIVE OF SIMMED SCHOOL
The focus of SIMMED School is to give students a genuine insight into hospital medicine and teaching them to develop psychomotor skills. Students are also challenged to work as a team to solve medical and surgical clinical cases. At NUI Galway, the School of Medicine recognises the importance of a good introduction to the medical world for TY students who might otherwise not have access to accurate information to help them to make career choices.
APPLICATION PROCESS for SIMMED SCHOOL 2018
The application process for SIMMed School 2018 has closed and we are not accepting any further applications.
FEEDBACK on SIMMED SCHOOL 2016/2017
Some feedback from students on last year’s programme include:
“Answered every question I had and felt like I was an actual junior doctor.”
“I liked both the practical aspect of the course and the lecturing aspect. Both aspects were fun, interactive and interesting."
"The practical work was a lot of fun and was so the radiology talk. Plaster of Paris was the highlight".
“The course was a brilliant insight into the world of medicine. It was really interesting to learn about the wide choice of career paths medicine offeres ”
What will you learn at SIMMed School?
- Putting on sterile gloves and surgical scrubbing
- Setting up a drip
- Bandaging and slings
- Urinary catheterisation
- Plaster techniques
- Treatment of cuts/wounds and infections
- Diagnosing different facial injuries
- Diagnosing common ear and eye complaints
- Suturing skills
- Surgical knot tying skills
- Medical Moulage skills
- How to evaluate your fitness levels and improve your die
- Airway management
- Teamworking in an acute scenario
- Decision making in an acute scenario
- Spinal board immobilisation
- Laparoscopic surgery skills
- Bronchoscopy skills