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56 RCSI Annual Report 2012/13
teaCHIng & LeaRnIng
facultY of
radiologists
I would imagine that for each Dean there is an
almost immediate realisation that anything that is
achievable results in no small way from the industry
of one's predecessors.
It certainly helps when one inherits the organisation that is functioning perfectly, and has
the books balanced. To this end, I owe a debt of great thanks to the tireless efforts of my
predecessor, Dr Adrian Brady.
Scientifi c Meetings
One of Faculty's prime activities is to facilitate the acquisition of continuing medical
educational (CME) credits. I'm delighted to record that after a very successful Annual
Scientifi c Meeting last year, both the IMRIM and Combined Spring Meetings in 2013 were
both sold out, the latter having an expanded meeting duration, making it a CME-rich event.
The acquisition of CME is something that is required of all of us. Such effort is tricky enough
when one is in full time employment, but becomes even more arduous for one whose
practice has changed. To facilitate this, Faculty has decided to incorporate sessions that might
be of particular interest to this important group of our Fellows. To begin with, sessions on the
plain radiograph were added to the Combined Spring Meeting.
Another innovation at the Combined Spring Meeting was the inclusion of a dedicated SpR
viva practice module. This proved hugely popular. The Viva Examinations were performed
by 22 examiners from both jurisdictions. We hope this will become a regular feature of the
Spring Meeting.
Selection
In radiology, we are fortunate enough to annually receive applications for training SpR
posts from the best and brightest doctors, with the highest of intellectual standards. We
have continued a process begun by Dr Brady, to make the selection process as fair as
we can make it. One historical measure employed was the standard of medical degree
awarded to applicants. However, it was recognised that there was national variation in the
awarding of honours medical degrees by various medical schools. Consequently it was
determined to consider not this, but the centile of the graduate within each applicant's
medical school. It remains to be seen how important this is in the choosing of a radiologist
(or any other specialist) and so, we are currently considering how we might assess other
additional competencies in our trainee selection. Such `competency-based' metrics are now
internationally acknowledged, and have been demonstrated to be robust.
Naturally not all candidates can be successful. In 2013, it was decided that Faculty should
offer constructive criticism and advice to those who were unsuccessful. While most
Dr Barry Kelly
Dean, Faculty of Radiologists
One of Faculty's prime activities
is to facilitate the acquisition of
continuing medical educational
(CME) credits.