Last Tuesday, 14 June, was an historic day in the life of the University of Limerick Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) in which I am Foundation Head of Teaching and Research in Physiology.
Four years ago on September 10th we welcomed 32 students, from a variety of degree disciplines, to Limerick to study at Ireland’s first graduate entry medical school. Last week those students, who came from backgrounds as diverse as music, engineering, science, and education, were conferred with their Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees.
Last week’s conferring ceremony for students marks a number of firsts – the first medical school to be founded in Ireland in over 150 years, the first graduate entry medical school in Ireland, and the first to integrate problem based learning techniques into its four-year curriculum.
I join with all my colleagues at GEMS in wishing this cohort of new doctors every success in their future careers.