The standards and quality of teaching in Sligo Hospital can only be described as first class. The tutor groups are small, usually consisting of around 6 students, which allows for a lot of extra attention and time. The tutors know everyone by name, as do most of the consultants and their teams. This really makes for a friendly and approachable atmostphere and ensures there's never a shortage of first rate healthcare professionals willing and ready to help out. One of the extra benefits of having a relatively small number of students is the fact that it allows for the availability of almost an infinite amount of willing patients for one to examine and take histories from. When it comes to exam times also it is important to note for4th meds that second semester OSCE's are hosted in Sligo, which rules out the need for you to travel for your exam. Those from Letterkenny sut their OSCE's in Sligo, those in Castlebar are split between Sligo and Galway and those in Balinaslow return to Galway. All 3rd med OSCE's are sat in Galway and for Sligo the MCQ and written paper are sat in St Angela's College.
Sligo Hospital features cash only canteen on level 2 that does excellent student rates. There is a €1 student breakfast that includes coffee/tea, a scone/toast and a small cereal box. In the middle of the day the main meal is offered for €2 and is always a large portion (which somehow seems to be even larger for the lads) and the smaller evening meal is usually €1. Filter coffee is available in the canteen throughout the day for 90c. On the ground floor there is also a small shop and café.
Sligo hospitals medical case conferences and grand rounds take place on Tuesday and Fridays and lunchtime at which complimentary sandwiches, tea and coffee and cakes are supplied. Other various journal clubs and departmental teachings and meetings take place on various days throughout the week, and breakfast is also often provided.
Faith and Spirituality
There is a chapel on the ground floor of the hospital which celebrates mass every Monday to Friday at 1:10pm, on Saturday at 8.40pm and on Sunday mornings at 8.30am.
For those of the Islam faith there is a prayer room situated on the hospital grounds, in a grey cabin with a wooden door between house 2 and 3 outside the ED ambulance exit. All the chicken dishes in the canteen are halal. Lazat restaurant in town offers all food halal and chicken only halal is available in Jalan-Jalan, Miso and You&Us. Halal meats are available to purchase in the Pakiza Store and in the Bismillah Store (located beside the Garada Station). There is a musolla in Milbrook Block B apartments next to the Pazika Store. Many of the staff in the hospital are Muslim and this is reflected in quite a large Muslim population in Sligo town itself, all of which are very friendly and open to any further questions you may have.
Sligo Medical Academy is situated on level 7 and 8 of Sligo University hospital and boasts spectacular views looking over Benbulbin and the surrounding countryside. It was first opened in November 2015 and the modern space provides first class amenities including lockers, tutorial rooms, two study rooms, shower and changing room facilities, a light and airy communal dining space and kitchen (with microwave, coffee machine, fridge and utensils). Level 7 sports a well-equipped clinical skills lab and lecture room with video conferencing tools to ensure lectures broadcast from Galway will never be missed! There is also a library on level 6 of the hospital that is well stocked with a large selection of books, many of which are our recommended textbooks. There is also some limited study space available in the library and computers that students are welcome to use.
The standard and quality of teching in Sligo Hospital can only be described as first class. The tutour groups are small, usually consisting of around 6 students, which allows for a lot of extra attention and time. The tutors know everyone by name, as do most of the consultants and their teams. this really makes for a friendly and approachable atmosphere and ensures there's never a shortage of first rate healthcare professionals willing and ready to help out. One of the extra beenfits of having a relatively small number of students is the fact it allows for the availability of almost an infinite amount of willing patients for one to examine and take historys from. When it comes to exam times also it is important to note for 4th meds that second semester OSCE's are hosted in Sligo, which rules out the need for your exam. Those from Letterkenny sit their OSCE's in Sligo, those in Castlebar are split between Sligo and Galway and those in Balinasloe return to Galway. All 3rd med OSCE's are sat in Galway and for Sligo the MCQ and written paper are sat in St. Angela's College.
When it comes to the cost of living in Sligo vs Galway, there really is no comparison. Accommodation is much cheaper, with most students living in close proximity to the hospital (within 10 minutes walk). Although the switch in January can be awkward, asking the group ahead of you can be an easy way to get accommodation sorted. Most landlords here are happy for the houses to be passed on and a lot of them also don’t charge rent for the summer months. The Med Swap Accommodation Page can also be a useful tool when house hunting!
Sligo town itself has a wide variety of shops, cafés, bars and restaurants. There is an Aldi, Lidl and Tesco in the town for all your grocery needs and even a Pennys (for everything and anything else you could possibly need!). The town boasts award winning cafés and restaurants, and the stunning Strandhill and Ross’s Point are only a 30 minute bus ride away. There are numerous bars which ensure a lively nightlife and the local nightclub The Garavogue is open 7 nights a week for whenever you feel the need to let your hair down!
When it comes to sporting facilities the gym in IT Sligo has a special offer for students, including a running track which is visible from the academy itself. This gym is quite small however and a lot of students are members in the gym in the Clayton Hotel (which is right beside the psychiatric hospital where those on the psych rotation attend) but there are also other options available within the town itself, such as the TNT gym.
The Galway to Sligo commute is serviced by both Feda O’ Donnell and Bus Eireann and they run at various times throughout the day, with extra runs on a Friday and Sunday. The Feda O’Donnell stop is directly across from The Glasshouse Hotel while the Bus Eireann buses go from Sligo Bus Station. The Feda bus is usually faster, but is the slightly more expensive option.
Dublin to Sligo is also serviced by Bus Eireann, but also has the addition of Irish Rail services which run from the Sligo Train Station which is adjacent to Bus Station.
There is a gym in Sligo IT which has a special offer for students, but this is small. Lots of people go to the Clarion Hotel gym (beside the psychiatry hospital) but there are other options available.
The night life is good in Sligo with the students going out mostly during the week. Friday and Saturday nights are often busy, and it’s not uncommon to bump into other hospital staff around town.