The aim of the undergraduate surgical course is to teach medical students the fundamentals of surgical practice as it will pertain to their subsequent clinical careers. Pathophysiology of surgical diseases and conditions is taught along with the clinical presentation of such diseases. The subsequent surgical or non-surgical management of these conditions is also taught with a strong emphasis placed on evidence based medical practice.

Students have exposure to a wide variety of surgical specialties: Gastrointestinal, Colorectal, Hepato-biliary, Breast, Endocrine, Vascular, Orthopaedics, Plastics, Urology and Emergency Medicine.

Teaching is delivered by a variety of means: didactic lectures, small group tutorials, bedside, outpatient clinic, and operating theatre teaching. Students are actively encouraged to undertake laboratory or clinical summer research projects


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General Medicine/General Surgery Module

Cardiovascular Module (Galway)

Cardiovascular Module (Castlebar/Sligo/Letterkenny)

Gastrointestinal ModuleGastrointestinal ModuleGastrointestinal Module‌ 

Perioperative & Critical Care Medicine/Respiratory Medicine

Clinical Tutors

Dr Aoife Lowery
Dr Sami Abd Elwahab
Dr Manvydas Varzgalis

Room 203, Comerford Building  
NUIG Ext. 5485 (Dial 86-5485 if calling from UHG) 


Students are invited to undertake funded research projects for 6-12 weeks during the summer months. Research may be laboratory based or clinically related.  Students are encouraged to submit the results of their work to National Meetings to gain experience in presenting written and oral work. Students who undertake research at the Discipline of Surgery present their work at an annual College of Medicine & Health Sciences Research Meeting held at the University in October.  Funding may be provided from various agencies.  Please see notices in the CSI for further details.