At the time the College had just began to offer a course in medicine. It was only two years long and the students had to attend other colleges in order to qualify as a doctor. This explains why William Henry Emeris Burke disappeared from the college records after 1864.
“Because of the inadequate hospital facilities in Galway it was not possible to obtain the required certificates without spending sometime elsewhere, usually in Dublin, London or Scotland.”
To Dublin, London and Scotland he went.
Galway : a medico-social history,Galway : Kenny’s Bookshop and Art Gallery 1994, James P. Murray