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RCSI Committed to Education Excellence
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personnel of the medical faculties. Great credit is due to all concerned under the leadership
of our Dean, Professor Hannah McGee. The excellence of our graduating medical students
is internationally recognised and many of our students achieve high rankings in matching
programmes in Canada and the United States, while those who do initial training in Ireland
and subsequently travel abroad for Fellowships are immediately identifi ed as outstanding
young clinicians such that many are offered staff positions on completion of their Fellowships.
We recognise that continued recruitment of the brightest and best to RCSI in Dublin
necessitates further development of our campus in St. Stephen's Green. Plans are well-
advanced to build a New Academic and Education Building (NAEB) on York Street. This will
be an eight storey state-of-the-art building, with library facilities on three fl oors, a clinical skills
centre, a surgical training facility, and recreational and lecture hall facilities. It is hoped to lay
the foundation stone during the coming year.
In the School of Pharmacy, fi nal touches are being applied to the establishment of the Irish
Institute of Pharmacy for the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland. The School of Pharmacy has
already established itself as one of the premier pharmacy schools in the country and under
the leadership of Professor Paul Gallagher the establishment of the Institute will further
enhance its national role. Our School of Physiotherapy continues to expand its postgraduate
programmes.
Department of Surgical Affairs
The Department of Surgical Affairs has been extremely busy during the past year. In
particular, the planning and organisation of the new Surgical Training Pathway has involved
a huge amount of work with all of the training committees of the specialties, as well as with
the hospitals and Medical Education & Training Department (METR) of the HSE. Changing
the surgical training paradigm was one of the major ambitions of my Presidency and I am
pleased to report that as a result of the efforts of all concerned the new programme is
commencing in July 2013. In this new surgical pathway, the so called `gap' years have been
eliminated and, with it, the whole process of preparation and interview for appointment to
Higher Surgical Training. The new surgical training programme consists of one year of training
in the generality of surgery followed by basic training in the trainee's specialty of choice.
Progression to the further years of the programme (ST3-ST8) will be competency-based in
association with a requirement for passing of the Membership examination and other key
performance indicators.
There is great excitement about this new programme, not only in the College, but also in
the surgical community. Recruitment to surgery has received a signifi cant boost as indicated
by the application numbers for the new programme. Surgical trainers are reinvigorated and
will have tremendous additional work and responsibility in providing rigorous assessment
of trainees as they progress. I am extremely grateful to Eunan Friel, Kieran Tangney,
Professor Oscar Traynor, Professor Sean Tierney and all of the other personnel, both surgical
and administrative, who have worked so hard to develop this programme so that it can
commence in July 2013.
Professor Patrick J. Broe
President, RCSI
Changing the surgical training
paradigm was one of the major
ambitions of my Presidency and I
am pleased to report that as a result
of the efforts of all concerned the
new programme is commencing
in July 2013.