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Fact Sheet 2004/2005
(as at 10/2/04)
Secretariat to the Irish Universities & Medical Schools Consortium
Mr. Con O'Brien,
University College, Cork
Fax + 353-21-4273072
Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland
University College, Cork, Ireland
University College, Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.
University Medicine & Dentistry in Ireland
The four Irish Universities of Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Cork (UCC), University College Dublin (UCD), and National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) each has a Medical School. Besides, Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork each has a Dental School.
The four University Medical Schools and two Dental Schools graduate approximately 400 Medical and 80 Dental students each year. A growing percentage of these graduates come from overseas countries.
Robert Graves, William Stokes, Dominic Corrigan and Sir Peter Freyer of Galway stand out among an impressive number of distinguished Irish Medical Scientists of the 19th century. The name of Graves is associated with overactivity of the thyroid gland, Graves disease; William Stokes and his colleague, John Cheyne, described Cheyne-Stokes respiration associated with terminal illness; Stokes and Robert Adams described an abnormality of the heart known worldwide as Stokes-Adams syndrome, and Corrigan's pulse is associated with disease of one of the heart valves. Peter Freyer, physician to the Nawab of Rampur, brought into common use the operation of Suprapubic Prostatectomy.
Perhaps the most important contribution however of these world renowned figures to Irish Medicine was, for its time, a revolutionary new form of medical education whereby students were instructed at the bedside of the patient. This type of practical bedside teaching is carried on today in modern well-equipped hospitals and academic departments where it is combined with thorough instruction in the structure and function of the human body and in the scientific basis of disease. It is this combination of medical science and clinical expertise that makes Irish University Medical education a world leader.
The Irish Universities & Medical Schools Consortium
The Irish Universities and Medical Schools Consortium comprises the Medical and Dental schools in the University of Dublin, Trinity College; and in the three Constituent Universities of the National University of Ireland; University College Cork, University College Dublin and National University of Ireland Galway.
Irish Universities have a long and distinguished history of providing education of the highest standard. There is a strong ethos in pioneering research and a commitment to education as the engine for development. Currently, a massive programme of research development has resulted in state-of-the-art Research Institutes being built on every Medical School campus in Ireland.
Last updated 25 August 2003