SIMMed School


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.   



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.  



The call for applications has now closed. 


  • SIMMED school 2018 will take place during the following dates:  Tues, 6th March - Fri, 9th March 2018 (week 1) and Mon 12th March  - Thurs 15th March 2018 (week 2)*  Successful applicants will be allocated a place during one of these weeks. 
  •  Receipt of a student's application form does not guarantee a place on the course.  

There are only 50 places available on the SIMMed programme and places will be allocated on a randomised basis after the nominated closing date.  

School Principals may be contacted, after the closing date by the SIMMED Team, to confirm school permission and for a copy of the school's insurance policy.

In the event of multiple applications from one school, the school may be asked to nominate a small number of students to attend the programme.

The cost per student attending SIMMED School 2017/2018 is €50.00.  Payment details will be confirmed at a later date.  

NB:  SIMMed School is a fully immersive experience and involves the use of needles and synthetic bodily fluids, clinical images and videos.  We request that students who are afraid of any of these or who are squeamish should not apply.

All applicants will be contacted by the SIMMED Team by the end of November 2017 to confirm the outcome of their application.

*Dates may be subject to change.

For any queries, please email:




 Some feedback from students on last year’s programme include:

 “Answered every question I had and felt like I was an actual junior doctor.” (Ros Barrett, Desmond College, Newcastle West, Co Limerick)

 “I liked both the practical aspect of the course and the lecturing aspect.  Both aspects were fun, interactive and interesting."  (Dylan O'Halloran, Colaiste Iognaid, Galway)

 "The practical work was a lot of fun and was so the radiology talk.  Plaster of Paris was the highlight".  (Thomas Connolly, Seamount College, Kinvara)

 “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 ” (Céire Flynn, Loreto College, Cavan)

 Group Photo 2017


  What will you learn at SIMMed School?

  • Venipuncture
  • Cannulation
  • 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