A LIMERICKMAN, who recently graduated from the University of Limerick’s Graduate Entry Medical School, has been presented with the inaugural award to recognise the highest marks in the school’s final exams in medicine and surgery.
Dr Dermot Murphy, of Old Cratloe Road, was presented the first O’Higgins medal at the University Hospital Limerick last week.
Dr Murphy has just commenced his internship at UHL, and said he is looking forward to working with the medical and surgical teams, where he will commence his work in general and vascular surgery.
He said that it is an “honour” to receive the first O’Higgins medal.
“I was genuinely surprised and delighted to be recognised by the UL Hospital Group for my studies. Whilst at the Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick, during years 3 and 4 of the programme, students are placed in clinical settings.
“I was at UHL in that time and developed a keen interest in surgery whilst there. I am looking forward to further developing my skills in this area whilst working as an Intern at UHL,” he said.
Sponsor of the award, Professor Niall O’Higgins congratulated Dr Murphy on “his outstanding achievement”.
“This new award is a symbol of how the UL Hospital Group is working closely with the University of Limerick and the Graduate Entry Medical School. Continuing education and training are necessary parts of good medical practice in the process of improving the quality of care given to patients. I am delighted that the hospital and the university are so strongly supportive of this award.”
UHL’s chief operations officer, Noreen Spillane said she is “delighted” to welcome Dr Murphy to the clinical staff at the Dooradoyle hospital.
As an established teaching hospital, we have a long association with UL which we are very proud of and our inaugural O’Higgins Medal is one way of formally recognising this association.”
University of Limerick President, Professor Don Barry also congratulated him on the award.