JackD123 Registered User
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Hi all,

Thought I would touch base on here. I am coming upto the end of my first month at Limerick GEM and just to dispel a lot of the crap I read on here prior to going.

It is an amazing school, with great facilities on a fantastic campus. The teaching is great, there are issues like any other school but PBL is really good and combines all of the different minds and backgrounds within that group to form a solution and learn the biology and biochemistry of each problem presented.

In terms of funding, BOI have now taken over and are offering the loans to UK citizens now. So if you are looking to come over from the UK...there is your answer.

Any questions, fire away.

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retweet Registered User
#2

What's the timetable like?

retweet Registered User
#3

Also, any experience on the scholarship?

Banaba Registered User
#4

Hey there! Thanks for creating this thread I think it's nice if you to share your experience. I have a few qs for you I hope you don't mind answering.

Is the course work and study really heavy or is it all just about finding balance? Like would you be able to hold down a part time job at weekends? Also a huge factor for me would be finance. In general how do people in your class find the four years of fees?
Again I hope you don't mind me asking. Thanks

JackD123 Registered User
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Sorry guys, been very busy every week so haven't been on here for a while. In terms of workload... it's full on from week 1. You get a new case every week and you get Learning objectives to gather by the end of the week and present to your PBL class and tutor. It's basically the in-depth science of what is wrong with the patient each week. This is backed up with lectures and clinical skills.

I personally couldn't work at the same time as doing this course. The only ones I know that do are the ones that can make a lot of money for little effort... I.E the pharmacists.

I applied for the scholarship, thought I would get it and I didn't. Basically your parents need to be not working or disabled or one deceased etc. Simply having parents with crap jobs won't cut it I'm afraid.

In terms of the fees, I got the BOI loan and it will be manageable... at around 700 euros a month after we graduate.

MagicMikeee Registered User
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JackD123 said:
Sorry guys, been very busy every week so haven't been on here for a while. In terms of workload... it's full on from week 1. You get a new case every week and you get Learning objectives to gather by the end of the week and present to your PBL class and tutor. It's basically the in-depth science of what is wrong with the patient each week. This is backed up with lectures and clinical skills.

I personally couldn't work at the same time as doing this course. The only ones I know that do are the ones that can make a lot of money for little effort... I.E the pharmacists.

I applied for the scholarship, thought I would get it and I didn't. Basically your parents need to be not working or disabled or one deceased etc. Simply having parents with crap jobs won't cut it I'm afraid.

In terms of the fees, I got the BOI loan and it will be manageable... at around 700 euros a month after we graduate.


My brothers friend is in 3rd year GEMs and he got the scholarship. His parents are fine but only one of them works. The fact that he was unemployed definitely helped though.

retweet Registered User
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MagicMikeee said:
My brothers friend is in 3rd year GEMs and he got the scholarship. His parents are fine but only one of them works. The fact that he was unemployed definitely helped though.


Do you know how much they give you then a year?

MagicMikeee Registered User
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retweet said:
Do you know how much they give you then a year?


I think it'a similar to the regular maintaince grant for undergrad courses

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dublindoctor Registered User
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Im a 3rd year UL Med student...

The scholarship is based on hardship/personal obstacles overcome. It is not a means tested scholarship. In saying that, most people with hardship/obstacles also have financial difficulties. There is no clear outset as to who/how the scholarship is awarded but like said above, stating your parents have a low income is no basis for the scholarship and you won't get it for that. They give 10 scholarships a year that cover your tuition and 5000e spending money, so basically 20k per year.

In terms of the timetable/workload....the timetable is fairly management, you have about 8-10 mandatory hours a week (2 pbl sessions and clinical sessions) and the rest is made up of optional lectures and anatomy sessions so you can spend more time out of college than in it if thats what you want. The workload is average enough, everyone has this concept that med students study all the time etc and it's just not true or necessary. years 1 and 2 for me were fine, i did a normal amount of work, had a 3 day weekend everyweek (other than close to exams) and i had high grades in my exams. The PBL course makes you feel like your doing more work than you are, and also gives scope to study to no end as opposed to having lectures when all you need to know is clear cut and infront of you. But after a few weeks you get to know what resources to use and how much work you need to do per topic, so you could almost definitely work a part time job without any difficults, given you can take a few weekends off before exams...alot of people in my class had part time jobs and it didnt make much of a difference to their study. If you were worried about this though you can always become a residental assistant in the college accommodation, the pay isn't great but you get free accomodations so that will save you a good few thousand per year which is basically the same as working a well paid part time job, you can also study on the job as an RA because you just sit behind a desk doing nothing! 3 people in my class did this.

hope this helps!

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dublindoctor Registered User
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Im a 3rd year UL Med student...

The scholarship is based on hardship/personal obstacles overcome. It is not a means tested scholarship. In saying that, most people with hardship/obstacles also have financial difficulties. There is no clear outset as to who/how the scholarship is awarded but like said above, stating your parents have a low income is no basis for the scholarship and you won't get it for that. They give 10 scholarships a year that cover your tuition and 5000e spending money, so basically 20k per year.

In terms of the timetable/workload....the timetable is fairly management, you have about 8-10 mandatory hours a week (2 pbl sessions and clinical sessions) and the rest is made up of optional lectures and anatomy sessions so you can spend more time out of college than in it if thats what you want. The workload is average enough, everyone has this concept that med students study all the time etc and it's just not true or necessary. years 1 and 2 for me were fine, i did a normal amount of work, had a 3 day weekend everyweek (other than close to exams) and i had high grades in my exams. The PBL course makes you feel like your doing more work than you are, and also gives scope to study to no end as opposed to having lectures when all you need to know is clear cut and infront of you. But after a few weeks you get to know what resources to use and how much work you need to do per topic, so you could almost definitely work a part time job without any difficults, given you can take a few weekends off before exams...alot of people in my class had part time jobs and it didnt make much of a difference to their study. If you were worried about this though you can always become a residental assistant in the college accommodation, the pay isn't great but you get free accomodations so that will save you a good few thousand per year which is basically the same as working a well paid part time job, you can also study on the job as an RA because you just sit behind a desk doing nothing! 3 people in my class did this.

hope this helps!

MagicMikeee Registered User
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dublindoctor said:
Im a 3rd year UL Med student...

The scholarship is based on hardship/personal obstacles overcome. It is not a means tested scholarship. In saying that, most people with hardship/obstacles also have financial difficulties. There is no clear outset as to who/how the scholarship is awarded but like said above, stating your parents have a low income is no basis for the scholarship and you won't get it for that. They give 10 scholarships a year that cover your tuition and 5000e spending money, so basically 20k per year.

In terms of the timetable/workload....the timetable is fairly management, you have about 8-10 mandatory hours a week (2 pbl sessions and clinical sessions) and the rest is made up of optional lectures and anatomy sessions so you can spend more time out of college than in it if thats what you want. The workload is average enough, everyone has this concept that med students study all the time etc and it's just not true or necessary. years 1 and 2 for me were fine, i did a normal amount of work, had a 3 day weekend everyweek (other than close to exams) and i had high grades in my exams. The PBL course makes you feel like your doing more work than you are, and also gives scope to study to no end as opposed to having lectures when all you need to know is clear cut and infront of you. But after a few weeks you get to know what resources to use and how much work you need to do per topic, so you could almost definitely work a part time job without any difficults, given you can take a few weekends off before exams...alot of people in my class had part time jobs and it didnt make much of a difference to their study. If you were worried about this though you can always become a residental assistant in the college accommodation, the pay isn't great but you get free accomodations so that will save you a good few thousand per year which is basically the same as working a well paid part time job, you can also study on the job as an RA because you just sit behind a desk doing nothing! 3 people in my class did this.

hope this helps!


But surely there is a lot of emphasis on income seeing as you have to claim practically everything for the application?

dublindoctor Registered User
#12

MagicMikeee said:
But surely there is a lot of emphasis on income seeing as you have to claim practically everything for the application?


they do not give much information regarding it. I'm sure it does play a role in the decision as they do request alot of information, but it is not a straight forward means tested scholarship

vladcount Registered User
#13

i've applied and did my personal statement stating income, and obstacles I've had to overcome - praying ill get accepted as im a HEAR access student in DCU!!
just my gamsat was bloody rough - 49 getting a recheck

Wellie12 Registered User
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vladcount said:
i've applied and did my personal statement stating income, and obstacles I've had to overcome - praying ill get accepted as im a HEAR access student in DCU!!
just my gamsat was bloody rough - 49 getting a recheck


Would you be able to share the percentile graph from The Ireland results just out please?

sReq | uTeK Registered User
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Wellie12 said:
Would you be able to share the percentile graph from The Ireland results just out please?


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