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10/6/2014    With Compliments  Attending the University of Limerick medical school confer rings was Dr Aoife Hughes, Batterstown, Co Meath, who was awarded First Prize in the Discipline of Medicine 2014.  Dr Hughes also has a BSc in Neuroscience from TCD.<br />
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The University of Limerick celebrated the graduation of 146 students today from the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) and Clinical Therapies Department. Among the graduates 94 doctors were conferred with their medical degrees as they became the fourth graduating class of the Graduate Entry Medical School at the University of Limerick. 52 Clinical Therapies graduands received their awards - 26 from the MSc in Occupational Therapy and 26 from the BSc in Physiotherapy. <br />
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Established in 2007, the Graduate Entry Medical School Programme at UL is open to graduates from any discipline and employs practical and interactive approaches to learning. <br />
Among the doctors who graduated at UL today are students with undergraduate degrees varying from zoology, anthropology to music and archaeology.  The programme is also the only medical education programme in the country founded on the modern pedagogical principle of Problem Based Learning (PBL).  PBL encourages team-working and self-directed enquiry, both skills being vital for their future careers in the fast moving world of medicine.<br />
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Speaking at the conferring ceremony Professor Don Barry, UL President, paid tribute to the Health Service Executive, “The support that we have received from the employees of the HSE and from its management staff at local, regional and national levels has been exceptional.  Above all, UL is greatly indebted to the very large number of clinicians who have been instrumental in educating our students, by sharing their expertise and supporting our student’s professional growth.  We are proud to be working with the HSE on a shared facility to be located on the University Hospital Limerick campus – a Clinical Educatio