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Western Trust welcomes first Medical School at Magee


Ulster University, Magee Campus, Londonderry

The Western Trust has welcomed the opening of the new medical school at Ulster University’s (UU) Magee campus, earlier this week.

In total the new school has enrolled 70 post-graduate students who will begin training as doctors in the City, undertaking a four-year course to attain their medical qualifications.

Speaking about the significance of the new Medical School, Western Trust Medical Director, Dr Catherine McDonnell, hailed the opening as a “landmark occasion.”

She said:

“Today represents a hugely significant milestone for the Western Trust and for the wider North West region as we welcome the first students to the new Medical School at the Ulster University’s (UU) Magee campus.

“The Medical School will play a truly transformation role in the region and will complement and support the existing positive work being carried out by the Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre (CTRIC) and Cognitive Analytics Research Laboratory (CARL).

“The students beginning their studies here today will hopefully go on to become the Doctors and GPs of the future, not only serving the North West region but playing an important part in the future development of medical provision across the region and on behalf of the Western Trust I would like to extend our support and well wishes to them all.”

She continued:

“This new Medical School is going to do many things. The first thing is the stabilisation of the medical workforce, critical to delivering best care and treatment to patients both in hospital facilities and in primary care.

“It puts us in a strong partnership with an academic institution which really helps develop that culture of excellence and finally it allows the Western Trust to build on our education facilities and research networks and connections and to help us nurture and develop our #WTHeroes of the future.”