The €15 million Graduate Entry Medical School located on the University of Limerick’s Clare campus has officially been opened.
Located beside the existing Health Sciences and Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the Medical School – easily distinguishable by its limestone exterior – is a stand-out addition to UL’s Clare Campus.
A 4,000 sq.m. facility, the building houses 12 Problem-Based Learning teaching rooms, a 150-seat lecture theatre, two 60-seater seminar rooms, 75 IT work stations, eight clinical skills laboratories, two anatomical skills laboratories, an area dedicated to research and a cafeteria. The labs are equipped with a state-of-the-art AV system, which allows students to record themselves performing procedural or physical exam skills.
The Building was designed by Grafton Architects, and was winner of RIBA 2013 EU Award and a finalist in the highly prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize.
The €15million project was funded by the Department of Education & Skills, the Higher Education Authority and supported by the University of Limerick Foundation.
Speaking from the official launch event UL President Professor Don Barry said: “We are immensely proud of the achievements of our Graduate Entry Medical School since its inception in 2007. GEMS offers a medical degree programme which is open to graduates from any discipline and is strongly supported by access scholarships.”
He added: “Through innovative teaching practices and applying a problem-based learning approach to instruction, in just 4 years compared to the 5 or 6 years of traditional medical schools, the GEMS has proven its ability to graduate doctors who are competent, confident and caring. They understand the scientific basis of medicine, recognise the social and environmental contexts in which health and illness exist and have special skills in, and commitment to, service to the public. GEMS doctors embrace modern scientific enquiry, life-long learning and, most of all, team-working with other healthcare professionals. These are the type of doctors we need, not only in Ireland, but around the world”.