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    UL medical school gets go ahead

    <h1>University of Limerick gets medical school</h1>

    Seán Flynn and Kathryn Hayes

    The University of Limerick (UL) has been given Cabinet approval
    to establish a graduate medical school, in what will be seen as a
    significant coup.

    The new faculty will allow graduates from other disciplines to
    train for careers in medicine.

    UL will admit the first 30 students to the four-year programme
    in September this year. The intake will increase to more than 100
    students the following year.

    However, an international assessment panel has decided that no
    postgraduate places will be allocated this year to the Irish
    Universities and Medical Schools Consortium, representing UCD,
    Trinity College Dublin, NUI Galway and UCC.

    The outcome of the tendering process is a major embarrassment
    for UCD in particular, which had signalled that its graduate entry
    programme would begin next September.

    It is understood there was some annoyance in Government circles
    that UCD "jumped the gun" in this regard.

    Last night, there were some recriminations about the
    consortium's failure to secure any postgraduate places. One senior
    academic said the four universities were "paying the price for
    operating a cosy cartel".

    Third-level colleges had been invited to tender for places on
    the new graduate-entry programme.

    The international panel's recommendations were as follows:

    u UL should be approved an intake of 30 students in 2007, rising
    to a maximum of 108.

    u The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland should be approved an
    intake of 30 students in 2007, rising to an enrolment of 40 EU
    students.

    u The remaining 92 places should be allocated to institutions
    which are part of the Irish Universities and Medical Schools
    Consortium, but only after the four universities submit revised
    bids.

    Entry to the postgraduate programme is open to students who have
    already completed an honours undergraduate degree in any academic
    discipline and achieved a minimum 2.1 award.

    The new places are to be phased in over a four-year period,
    commencing with an intake of 60 students this year and rising to
    the target intake of 240 students per annum.

    The new initiative is in line with proposals from an expert
    group on medical education chaired by Prof Patrick Fottrell, a
    former president of NUI Galway.

    Pressure for a review of medical education has been growing
    because of the strain on the health service and the apparently
    inexorable rise in the CAO points needed to take the subject.

    The introduction of the graduate-entry programme is part of
    overall reforms that will more than double the number of medical
    education places available to Irish students. Under this
    initiative, an additional 110 undergraduate places had already been
    approved for 2006 and 2007 across the medical schools.

    Minister for Education Mary Hanafin said the announcement marked
    "another significant milestone in the transformation of medical
    education in Ireland. It is also an historic day for the University
    of Limerick and I . . . congratulate the university."
    © 2007 The Irish Times

    #2
    About time too.

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      #3
      Sweet............. The best University in Ireland, just got a little bit better...

      Oh to be back there................

      He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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        #4
        I see the established universites are up in arms over this, always good
        to shake up the system. Wonder what UCD did to Hanafin?
        It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.

        Every plan I have is the best plan in the room. Everybody get quiet and listen to it, and everybody will win

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