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RCSI ANNUAL REPORT 2013-2014
68
International Conference for
Healthcare and Medical Students
(ICHAMS)
The 3rd International Conference for
Healthcare and Medical Students
(ICHAMS) was held over two days in
October 2013. The innovative, student-
driven event was winner of the Student
Project of the Year in the 2013 Irish
Healthcare Awards. Students from around
the world attended the event, including
undergraduates from the United States,
Sri Lanka, the Ivory Coast, the United
Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
Undergraduate Awards
In November, Joseph Sweeney was
awarded the winning prize in the
2013 Undergraduate Awards Medical
Sciences category for research carried
out during his pharmacy degree. The
awards recognise top students across
the globe through their innovative
undergraduate research. A further six
from RCSI were highly commended in
the Medical Sciences category for their
undergraduate pharmacy reserach: Linda
Connolly, Shane Cullen, Aoife Higgins,
Martin Lanigan, Joanne O'Dwyer, and
Owen Sullivan.
Student clubs and societies highlights
RCSI has more than 60 student-led
clubs and societies offering students
valuable opportunities to meet people
with similar interests. Sport is an integral
part of student life at RCSI, and there are
more than 30 active sports clubs, giving
students the opportunity to balance
academic study with a wide range of
sporting activities.
The RCSI Caribbean-African Society
(CAS) ran its annual `Chocolate Ball' in
October 2013 which raises vital funds for
charitable causes with this year's charity
of choice being the Ugandan Rainwater
Project. The Society later presented
a cheque for
4,000 to Professor
Kevin Mcguigan, Director of the Solar
Disinfection Project.
In March, the Exam Hall was transformed
into an epicurean paradise for the
gourmet Society's annual International
Food Night, a major event in this year's
Cultural Diversity Month.
Boston Marathon
The 118th Boston Marathon took place
in April with nine RCSI students and two
graduates among the 32,000 runners
competing in this most prestigious road
race. RCSI's participation in the event is
facilitated by Dr John v Coyle (RCSI Class
of 1962), a serving member of the Boston
Athletic Association.
International Night
In March 2014, International Night,
one of the most highly anticipated
events in the College's calendar took
place at the Mansion House, Dublin.
The event showcases the impressive
cultural diversity and wide range of
talents of the RCSI student body. The
winner of International Night 2014 was
the Malaysian student society, PMCSA,
who were awarded the coveted Parnell
Keeling Trophy.
Undergraduate Award winner Joseph Sweeney
with his supervisors Professor Fergal O'Brien
and Dr Orlaith Brennan
Kimran Sidhu from the USA pictured at
International Night
ICHAMS wins Student Project of the Year in the
2013 Irish Healthcare Awards
an outstanding student experience
inspires our students as the future
world leading healthcare providers
and innovators. rcsi students are
involved in a wealth of extra-curricular
activities, with highlights during
the year including the international
conference for healthcare and medical
students (ichams), launch of the 7th
edition of the rcsi student medical
Journal (rcsismj) and international
night. there is also a busy schedule of
activities organised by societies and
clubs, including a range of events that
celebrate the international diversity at
rcsi.
rcsi students have been highly
active in volunteering and charitable
initiatives. this year rcsi students
raised more than
33,000 for a host of
worthy causes and charities, as well as
volunteering their time to assist in many
of the college's outreach programmes.
STUDENT
ACHIEVEMENTS
the event showcases
the impressive
cultural diversity
and wide range of
talents of the rcsi
student body.