UL confers largest group of medical graduates since establishment of GEMS

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Jas Ubhi, Alex Viau, William Newmarch and Bennet Di Giovanni who graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Limerick. Pic Sean Curtin True Media.

University of Limerick will today confer more than 200 graduates in general medicine, physiotherapy, paramedic studies and nursing and midwifery. This includes the largest cohort of medical students to graduate with a Bachelor of Surgery from the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) at UL since it was established just over a decade ago.

UL provides the biggest graduate-entry programme for medicine in the country.

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Speaking at the ceremony held in University Concert Hall, University of Limerick, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Engagement, Professor Kerstin Mey spoke of the impact UL Graduate Entry Medical School is having on students, patients and the healthcare system in Ireland.

“The Graduate Entry Medical School at University of Limerick is flourishing. GEMS, along with the Department of Clinical Therapies, now the School of Allied Health, won national DELTA (Disciplinary Excellence in Learning Teaching and Assessment) awards for their integrated medical education and interprofessional education programmes in 2018. UL GEMS continues to go from strength to strength and this year sees its largest graduating class to date.

“As today’s graduates leave UL to begin their careers, they join a huge community of alumni making a difference in society around the globe. I know that the class of 2018 will continue to progress our health services and make a significant, positive impact in the lives of patients,” Professor Mey continued.

Established in 2007, the Graduate Entry Medical School Programme at UL is open to graduates from any discipline and employs practical and interactive approaches to learning.

Awards conferred at Tuesday’s ceremony include:

Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery: 154

Bachelor of Science in Paramedic Studies (Practitioner): 20

Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy: 29

Higher Diploma in Midwifery: 4

Master of Arts in Journalism: 1

Master of Arts in Business Management: 2

Master of Science in Financial Services: 1

Master of Science in Sports Performance: 3