Service Learning
A teaching tool connecting community and classroom

Introduction to SSM's

Introduction to SSM's

In 2008, as part of the new Medical Curriculum in Ireland, the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at NUI Galway introduced a suite of Special Study Modules (SSM) to enhance the learning and teaching experience of Medical students. Another objective of the SSM's is to introduce students to issues related to medicine and care but that are not necessarily core to the traditional medical curriculum. Over 60 SSM's are in existence and 15 of them have a community underpinning and may involve students engaging in service capacity with the local community. Each SSM carries a credit weight of 2.5 ECTS and is optional, thus each student can choose the SSM that meets their particular interests.