Taking Place on 6th April 2024

The College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at University of Galway is delighted to offer an interactive programme for transition year students. This programme will take place on Saturday April 6th, offering a taste of how interprofessional healthcare teams work together to deliver safe and effective patient-centred care, despite often working in challenging environments.  

This unique taster day brings the healthcare professions together to demonstrate all skill sets across multiple degrees- Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Podiatric Medicine and Speech and Language Therapy. This means that there is something in this programme for everyone interested in a career in healthcare.

The programme will be delivered in the state-of-the-art simulation facility, built and opened in 2022 and recognised as an international centre for excellence in education.  Here we will recreate realistic clinical experiences and will give a flavour of what is on offer to students who choose to study at University of Galway, and it will also give a sense of what a career as a healthcare provider is like.   

This programme will use simulation to recreate real-life medical procedures and scenarios such as endoscopy, childbirth and medical emergencies.  There will be medical images, fake blood and body fluids and simulated body parts, needles and sharp instruments in this programme. Students will be handling sharp objects and engaging in hands-on activities.  Students should be aware that they may find this scary or upsetting.  

The event will take place at the Clinical Science Institute. Students will be allocated a place in one of the two sessions taking place; a morning session and an afternoon session. Light lunch/refreshments will be served.

Examples of planned activities: 

  • Suturing and wound care 
  • Infection control and incision of abscesses 
  • Cannulation and ultrasound techniques 
  • Fractures and fracture fixation 
  • Performing an endoscopy 
  • Delivering a baby 
  • Foot care 
  • Basic CPR and rescue techniques 
  • Asthma and oxygen administration devices 

Application Process:

Students apply for their individual place via the online application form. The event takes place on the 6thApril 2024 only and therefore students must be available to attend on this date.

This is a community outreach event. It is the aim of the programme to engage as many schools as possible in our region. A limited number of places will be allocated to each secondary school to ensure broad access to the Taster Day. Gender quotas will apply and places are reserved for applicants from entry pathways traditionally underrepresented in the College student body. 

Individual canvassing for places will not be supported.  Participants will be contacted the following week to confirm their place.

Applications are now closed for this event.