Hospital has been chosen as a clinical training site
for medical students at NUI Galway Medical Academy.
From September, 40 medical students in their fourth
and final year of training will be based at the
And 20 medical students are to undertake one full
year of their training at the hospital, studying the
same curriculum as their classmates on the campus of
Galway University Hospitals.
Senator Cecilia Keaveney welcomed the development
saying it would likely lead to other related
"The impact of medical students being so directly
linked from university to hospital provides
Letterkenny General Hospital with important
potential advantages for patient care due to the
sharing of resources in the areas of research and
"The initiative shows just how multidisciplinary
meetings, joint lectures, tutorials and discussion
groups will occur not on campus but in a hospital
The Moville-based senator added: "Being now a
medical academy, I would like to see an expansion of
the university relations developed. One example
would be the music therapy field.
"Those who wish to undertake the two-year course in
the University of Limerick at present have to commit
to leaving the county and having the inconvenience
and expense of life away from home when they could
do much of the course in conjunction with
Letterkenny General and use those same technologies
to link into UL.
"Maximising training time 'on the job' is a vital
cog in most disciplines as no book can beat the life
experience and I wish students and staff well in