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Graduate Entry Medical School

Clinical Placements


The Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) BM BS Programme is a four-year medical degree open to graduates from any discipline. It has a highly innovative curriculum that aims to produce doctors who are well equipped to meet the existing and emerging needs of Irish Society.

Throughout Years 3 and 4 of the Programme, students are placed in clinical settings. The School currently has six affiliated teaching hospitals and six General Practice/ Primary Care networks as outlined below.

In Year 3, all students will be located in the General Practice/Primary Care setting in one of the school's Primary Care Teaching Networks (PCTNs) for 18 weeks. For the remainder of Year 3, students will undergo hospital-based clinical training in Medicine and Surgery. Three weeks in Year 3 is devoted to Special Study Module (SSM).

In Year 4, students will spend 6 weeks of Clinical Training in each of Obstetrics/Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Psychiatry. They will also undertake another 6 weeks in Medicine & Related Specialities and a further 6 weeks in Surgery & Related Specialities. Six weeks in Year 4 is devoted to SSM.

All students should expect to be places outside of Limerick at some stage during their clinical training and potentially for more than one disipline/ rotation. With respect to Medicine and Surgery, all students that are placed in the Mid-Western Regional hospital network for Year 3 Medicine and Surgery rotations must complete their senior cycle of Medicine and Surgery rotations in an affiliated hospital in Year 4


GEMS Teaching Hospitals
Teaching Discipline(s)

Mid-West Regional Hospital Network

Medicine, Surgery, OBGYN, Paediatrics, Psychiatry

Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe

Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics

South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel

Medicine, Surgery

St. Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny

Medicine, Surgery

Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore

Medicine, Surgery

Kerry General Hospital, Tralee

Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics

Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise


General Practice/ Primary Care Networks

1. Limerick

2. Clare

3. Kerry/ Mallow

4. South Tipperary / Waterford / Michelstown

5. Carlow, Kilkenny

6. Midlands


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