SIMMED School for TY students NUI Galway

Eliza Liddy & Amie Louise Doherty are participating in NUI Galway’s SIMMED School for 2018.

Mary Tiernan & Roslynn Cuffe Kelly participated in NUI Galway’s SIMMED School in 2017.

“SIMMED School is an innovative and unique programme at NUI Galway and Galway University Hospital that is a genuine opportunity for students to get hands on experience of what it is like to be a junior doctor.  It is enormously popular and enjoyable as well as challenging and eye-opening!”  (Prof Sean Dinneen, Head of NUI Galway’s School of Medicine).

NUI Galway’s SIMMED School takes place annually in the university’s School of Medicine and in the Nurses’ Home in Galway University Hospital.  Going into its fourth year, SIMMED School is an innovative and unique programme for Transition Year students who are interested in exploring medicine as a career.

Students are immersed in the world of medicine over a four day programme, giving them a flavour of what life will be like as a doctor in a major teaching hospital.   A hot lunch is provided for students on each day.   Throughout the programme, students are part of a simulated medical team and get to carry out medical and surgical skills in the centre for simulation in Galway University Hospital, SIMWEST.  They hear the experiences of current students starting their journey in the School of Medicine and those of fully qualified doctors.  They also meet different professionals employed in a wide range of roles throughout the hospital, learn about common medical problems and discovered interesting facts about plastic surgery, orthopaedics, HIV, oncology, diabetes, asthma and many more topics.


The focus of SIMMED School is to give students a genuine insight into hospital medicine and teaching them to develop psychomotor skills.  Students are also challenged to work as a team to solve medical and surgical clinical cases.  At NUI Galway, the School of Medicine recognises the importance of a good introduction to the medical world for TY students who might otherwise not have access to accurate information to help them to make career choices.


  • Venipuncture
  • Cannulation
  • Putting on sterile gloves and surgical scrubbing
  • Setting up a drip
  • Bandaging and slings
  • Urinary catheterisation
  • Plaster techniques
  • Treatment of cuts/wounds and infections
  • Diagnosing different facial injuries
  • Diagnosing common ear and eye complaints
  • Suturing skills
  • Surgical knot tying skills
  • Medical Moulage skills
  • How to evaluate your fitness levels and improve your diet
  • Airway management
  • Teamworking in an acute scenario
  • Decision making in an acute scenario
  • Spinal board immobilisation
  • Laparoscopic surgery skills
  • Bronchoscopy skills