New pilot National Academic Track Internships for 2017/18 Intern cohort

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This June saw 42 GEMS graduates start their internships in University Hospital Limerick. The GEMS alumni are joined for their intern year by 12 non-GEMS graduates, bringing together a record 54 interns at UHL this year. The non-GEMS interns took the opportunity to avail of a tour of the GEMS building on the University of Limerick campus led by Prof Des Leddin. They were very impressed with the 3D dissection modules.

There are now 24 new Academic Track posts nationally over the 6 Intern Networks in Ireland (4 posts in the Mid-West Intern Network). This year the Academic Track will provide 4 Interns in the Mid-West with opportunities to undertake clinical research, gain experience in medical education, or enhance their leadership and management skills.   Essentially, Interns will gain the same clinical experience as other Interns and receive the same Certificate of Experience, but in addition will:

•    Have protected time during the working week to undertake a research project/participate in medical education/become involved in a quality improvement project in their hospital.
•    Have an academic supervisor in addition to their clinical supervisors. The academic supervisor will provide the Interns with guidance and support in carrying out their project.
•    Have access to research seminars and workshops, and additional training and education. 

Academic Track Interns are required to achieve the same competencies as all other Interns, and need to complete the same mandatory elements of Intern training as all other Interns in addition to their academic goals.
Over the past year the Academic Track Intern Position has rapidly become an extremely competitive and sought after post. This new initiative for Internship in Ireland aims to support and promote scientific discovery and sustained academic development while retaining promising medical talent.

The 6 national Intern Networks are awaiting confirmation that these posts will be available again for 2018/19.


Pictured: Non-UL Grad Interns/Academic Track Interns on a tour of the GEMS campus – wearing 3D glasses for the 3D dissection modules. 

L-R: Dr John O’Shea, Dr Mel Corbett, Dr Odharna Ni Dhomhnallain, Dr Ciaran Rochford and Dr Stephen Hatton