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RCSI Committed to Education Excellence
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The standing of RCSI research is clearly evident by the high impact of journals in which RCSI
was published including: British Medical Journal; Nature Genetics; American Journal of
Psychiatry; and Cancer Research Journal, to name just a few.
Surgical Affairs
The activities of the Department of Surgical Affairs continue to expand in the areas of surgical
training, surgical practice, research and international programmes, as we strive to ensure
excellence in surgical education and training while supporting the highest possible standards
in surgical practice.
A central focus for the surgical training team this year was the development of a new
surgical training pathway to move to a shorter, more streamlined training process. The
new programme will facilitate the completion of structured training to CCST level within a
continuous eight-year programme and will eliminate the so-called `gap' years between Basic
and Higher Surgical Training, with lab based research becoming an option in later years
of training.
Our commitment to surgical training is also evident by the significant investment made this
year in new surgical training equipment, the recruitment of a Learning Development Manager,
and the development of an app for surgical trainees to assist in their training.
Within surgical practice, the Department of Surgical Affairs continues to enhance its
leadership role through initiatives such as the National Surgery Programme, which, in
conjunction with the HSE is working to shape the future delivery model of surgery in Ireland.
The first stream of the programme assessed the delivery of elective surgery procedures.
The second part of the stream will review the acute surgery programme, and is due for
launch in July 2013. The National Office of Clinical Audit, which was launched in 2012 is
continuing to work to develop sustainable clinical audit programmes in agreed specialties.
Also, within surgical practice, we are continuing to build our relationship with our national and
international Fellows and Members to create stronger links with this important community.
Through the Department of Surgical Affairs, RCSI was appointed by Hamad Medical
Corporation (HMC) in Qatar to benchmark the qualifications and experience of its consultant
doctors against Irish standards. A new Irish body, Medical Validation Ireland (MVIrl), was
established to manage the assessment process. The initiative is being led by RCSI in
collaboration with: the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland; the College of Anaesthetists of
Ireland; the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland; Faculties of Dentistry and Radiologists at RCSI;
and the Irish College of General Practitioners.
International
In Malaysia, our most recent venture in Perdana University Medical School in Kuala Lumpur,
is progressing well, and has received accreditation from the Irish Medical Council.
The standing of RCSI research is
clearly evident by the high impact
of journals in which RCSI was
published including: British Medical
Journal; Nature Genetics; American
Journal of Psychiatry; and Cancer
Research Journal.
A central focus for the surgical
training team this year was the
development of a new surgical
training pathway to move to a shorter,
more streamlined training process.
Within surgical practice, the
Department of Surgical Affairs
continues to enhance its leadership
role through initiatives such as the
National Surgery Programme.