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Hannah’s double joy just what the doctor ordered following degree success

By Staff Reporter

Hannah Gillespie has a double celebration today as she graduates from the School Of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences with a Bachelor Degree in Medicine.

For she is also the first Queen's University student to be awarded the prestigious appointment of president of the Association of Medical Students Ireland. In addition, Hannah is co-founder of the award-winning society SwotUP, an initiative which has seen Queen's medical students help with advice and deliver training to over 400 school pupils across Northern Ireland who aspire to become doctors.

Speaking ahead of her graduation ceremony, Hannah explained: "As medical students, we recognise that getting a place at medical school is a competitive process.

"We hope that by sharing our knowledge and guidance we can help school pupils who want to study medicine.

"It has been lovely to see this initiative grow over the last few years - we now have tutors who were once pupils at SwotUP courses themselves."

As president of the Association of Medical Students Ireland, Hannah has travelled with fellow students from around the world, tackling important issues that affect people, their health and healthcare globally.

She added: "Representing medical students studying in Ireland has been a wonderful experience, I have learnt so much about healthcare in other countries and met amazing people along the way."

Following her graduation Hannah will start work as an academic foundation doctor in the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, a two-year training programme that combines clinical medicine with a period of research back where it all began, at Queen's University.

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