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Feedback to unsuccessful candidates is an
important part of the selection process,
ensuring individuals are more informed
about the outcome. Further refining an
initiative introduced in 2013, the Faculty
aimed this year to respond with feedback
to every applicant, a challenging task
given that applications emanate from
all over the world. While it is not an
appeals process, the feedback is useful
for applicants in that it should assist them
in better understanding the reasons why
their applications were unsuccessful,
thus helping them to subsequently make
more informed decisions. Additionally,
one of the benefits of the policy has been
that, subsequent to the introduction of
the feedback process in 2013, several
candidates have reapplied successfully.
The Faculty is grateful for the assistance of
gary Brady from RCSI Human Resources
whose help in managing and developing
the feedback initiative was invaluable.
External relationships
The Faculty's membership of the
Forum of Postgraduate Training Bodies
provides a highly effective platform
for the exchange of information and
ideas with other colleges, while also
facilitating a consistency of approach
in postgraduate medical education,
training and policy.
The Faculty continues to have a very
productive and constructive relationship
with the Medical Education Training (MET)
Unit of the HSE, which is greatly facilitated
by a mutual commitment to developing
progressive and pragmatic solutions.
International activities
The Dean of the Faculty of Radiologists
has a seat on the Specialty Training
Board of the Royal College of the
Radiologists in the UK, a role which
provides unique insights, and
opportunities for the exchange of ideas,
on all matters relating to postgraduate
training of clinical radiologists.
The Faculty of Radiologists played an
important part in the successful College-
wide effort to secure a contract with the
Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar for
re-validation of their Medical Consultants.
The Faculty continues to deliver its
training programme in Kuwait, a
parallel programme to that delivered
in Ireland and supported by the MET.
The Faculty has put in place an initiative
to accept trainees from Kuwait in fifth-
year Fellowship-type posts of one year's
duration. This initiative gives the trainees
access to a new level of experience which
will benefit them when they return to
practice in Kuwait.
The Faculty continues to maintain
strong links with the European Society
of Radiology (ESR), the organisation
dedicated to promoting and coordinating
the scientific, philanthropic, intellectual
and professional activities of Radiology
in all European countries. Dr Barry Kelly
is a Member At Large of the Quality,
Safety and Standards Committee of ESR,
a core committee within the organisation.
In addition, both Dr Kelly and Dr Adrian
Brady are ESR-approved Examiners (the
Society's European examinations have
candidates from across 50 countries).
In 2014, the Faculty of Radiologists
commenced discussions with the Icelandic
Society of Radiology to explore how
the Faculty may assist with a range of
developments including curriculum and
examinations.
Board changes
In the past 12 months, there have been
a number of changes of personnel on the
Faculty of Radiologists Board. Dr Timothy
Scanlon, Dr Colin Cantwell and Dr Niamh
Hambly have joined the Board.
There were three retirees from the Board:
Dr Mark Elliott, Dr Eoin Kavanagh and
Dr Adrian Brady.
Faculty Board
Dr Barry Kelly, Dean; Dr Declan
Sheppard, vice-Dean; Professor
Dermot Malone, Honorary Secretary;
Dr Max Ryan, Honorary Treasurer; Board
Members: Dr Maeve Pomeroy, Dr Niall
Sheehy, Dr Patricia Cunningham,
Dr Timothy Scanlon, Dr Colin Cantwell,
Dr Anthony Ryan, Dr Jerome Coffey,
Dr James Clarke, Dr Niamh Hambly
Candidates conferred with Fellowships of the
Faculty of Radiologists at the Postgraduate
Conferring Ceremony in December 2013
radiology continues to
attract the strongest
calibre of candidates.
EDUCATION, TEACHINg & LEARNINg - RCSI Faculty of Radiologists
the faculty continues to deliver its training
programme in kuwait, a parallel programme to
that delivered in ireland.