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8 RCSI Annual Report 2012/13
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Since its foundation in 1784, the core mission of the
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has been the
education and training of doctors and health care
professionals to the highest standard.
Two hundred and twenty nine years following its foundation, RCSI continues to deliver its
core mission in Ireland and globally, through a significant international footprint. During the
past year, the trajectory of our domestic and international activities has been very much in the
ascent and this review highlights some of the important developments and achievements.
Medical and Health Sciences
This year we have graduated 227 medical students from both the 5-year and Graduate
Entry Programme in Dublin. We have been successful in getting Internship posts for all
of our graduates who wish to stay in Ireland, due to the hard work of our local Intern Co-
ordinators and Professor Eilis McGovern, National Programme Director for Medical Training.
The Student Academic and Regulatory Affairs Department (SARA) has completed its first
year following its revamping and the feedback from all users, both students and staff, is very
positive. Congratulations to Judith Gilroy and her team for making this department such a
spectacular success.
In our overseas campuses, we have graduated a further cohort of 183 medical doctors (120 in
Penang, 63 in Bahrain) and 114 nurses in Bahrain.
Included in the Penang cohort this year was the 1,000th graduating student and this
important milestone for Penang Medical College (PMC) was justifiably celebrated. PMC
is now jointly owned by RCSI and University College Dublin (UCD) and some changes
in governance will be required. The Malaysian Government have flagged a reduction in
scholarship support for its students which will affect our business model and, therefore, new
markets are being actively researched.
Our newest project in Malaysia, in Perdana University Medical School in Kuala Lumpur is
progressing well and has successfully completed its second year. The recent Irish Medical
Council inspection resulted in accreditation for the programme. Recruitment in Perdana to
the 5-year programme is strong and Clinical Professors in Surgery and Medicine have recently
been appointed as the students now enter their clinical years. Kuala Lumpur General Hospital
has been secured as one of our clinical sites. We had the pleasure of inspecting the hospital
during the summer and there is little doubt it will add hugely to the potential for good clinical
teaching in Perdana University Medical School. Our medical education ethos is unique in
that the curriculum and examination process is completely uniform across all four campuses
in Dublin, Bahrain, Perdana and Penang. The success of this model requires tremendous
logistics and co-ordination between the academic heads and the senior administrative
Our medical education ethos is
unique in that the curriculum and
examination process is completely
uniform across all four campuses in
Dublin, Bahrain, Perdana and Penang.