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RCSI Committed to Education Excellence
International Programmes:
This year saw real progress in the development of our international footprint in Surgery. With
the support of RCSI's SARA Office, we are pleased to report growth in our overseas MRCS
examination numbers in our key centers. The successful rollout of the OSCE format of the
exam domestically in 2013 will support the rollout of this format overseas in 2014, which will
increase the attractiveness of the exam for potential candidates. We are excited to see the
first planned diet of the new overseas intercollegiate Fellowship examination running in the
Middle-East region later this year.
An important achievement of this year was to secure the contract to revalidate the credentials
of over six hundred hospital and community based consultants in the gulf state of Qatar. This
initiative involving consultants across several surgical and non-surgical specialties resulted
in the setting up of Medical Validation Ireland, a new RCSI entity that, for the first time
brings together the participation and expertise of several postgraduate training bodies and
faculties, to deliver a unified solution to an international market. The project is expected to
last approximately 18 months.
Working in co-operation with the MET unit and under a sub-group of the Forum, RCSI has
made much progress this year in developing a standardized process by which training bodies
can recruit, and train, overseas medical graduates who wish to participate in short periods of
structures training in Ireland. Late this year we welcomed a small group of Fellowship trainees
from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as a larger cohort of trainees from the College of
Surgeons of Pakistan to begin a period of structured training in Ireland.
Surgery remains central to who and what we are as the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
Surgical Affairs is committed to providing leadership on key surgical training and practice
initiatives to support the Noble Purpose for which this College was founded.
Awards 2013
The College is committed to encouraging the acquisition of additional training and skills
outside the structured programmes of the College. To this end, it provides a range of
scholarships and grants in postgraduate surgery to assist surgeons-in-training and recently-
appointed consultant surgeons, to gain additional expertise in centres of excellence overseas.
The following received awards in 2013:
The programme is delivering real
results in critical areas, including
average length of stay, bed days
and theatre efficiency rates.
RCSI Colles travelling Fellowship in Surgery
Ms Paula Casserly
RCSI Surgical travelling grant
Dr Tom Gallagher
the Joint aCS/RCSI Resident exchange
Dr Aoife Lowery
RCSI/ethicon Foundation travel grants
Dr Zahraa Al-Hilli
Dr Joseph Baker
Mr James Cashman
Ms Eimear Conroy
Mr Ivor Cullen
Mr John Curran
Mr Colin Murphy
Mr Brendan O'Daly
the RCSI-anthony Walsh/Ipsen urology
travelling Fellowship
Dr Catherine Dowling
Irish travelling Fellowship, RCSI/RSm
Section of Coloproctology
Dr John Hogan
the millin Lecture
Dr John Burke