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Pictured at the RCSI gathering gala Dinner were (l-r) Dr
Hwa Foo, Class of 93, Dr Meena Kandiaff, Class of 93, Dr Bu
O'Brien, Class of 93, Dr John Sheehan, Class of 98, Dr Muirín
Tempany, Class of 94, and Dr Siobhan Lynam, Class of 93.
RCSI Gathering 2013
The second weekend in September is
always notable as the occasion of the
annual Alumni celebration weekend but
in 2013 it was even more memorable
than usual as RCSI decided to celebrate
its Alumni Weekend as part of The
gathering. There was a phenomenal
response with more than 500 Alumni
attending a much-expanded weekend
of activities.
The event provided an exciting
opportunity for RCSI Alumni as well as
academic and administrative staff in the
disciplines of medicine, physiotherapy,
pharmacy and surgery, to meet face-to-
face, discuss topics of shared interest,
exchange ideas, gain new knowledge,
engage with peers and further develop
professional networks.
The event strengthened RCSI's
international network and its capability
to provide ongoing support to graduates
working locally and internationally. A
diverse and energising experience, the
success of the RCSI gathering reflected
RCSI's core strength, its people ­ past,
present and future.
The opening celebration took place
at The Convention Centre, Dublin, on
Thursday, September 12. Alumni and
staff of the College attended an evening
of entertainment provided by talented
RCSI students and a set from one of
Ireland's most successful comedians,
Dara Ó Briain.
As part of the weekend, the RCSI Classes
of 1953, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983,
1988, 1993 and 2003 celebrated special
reunions. A golden Jubilee Lunch was
held for the Classes of 1953 and 1963 on
Friday, September 13, in the Boardroom
at RCSI.
The International Higher Education
Forum: New Horizons for Ireland, held
on Friday, September 13, at RCSI, was a
focal point of RCSI's gathering and was
attended by a distinguished assembly
of healthcare professionals in medicine,
surgery, physiotherapy, pharmacy,
nursing and medical research from
around the globe.
Alumni Mentor Network
RCSI began a new chapter in its
worldwide engagement with Alumni with
the development of the Alumni Mentor
Network by the College's Department
of Student, Academic and Regulatory
Affairs. The network is an interactive
portal that links Alumni and students,
and has the potential to bring online
mentorship to a new level of effectiveness
combining global reach with a precise,
career opportunity-specific focus.
The network was initially the brainchild
of Dr Alice Mcgarvey, vice-Dean for
Student Career Development, who, from
the beginning, spearheaded the initiative
and guided the work of the IT team that
designed the portal. Her pioneering work
has been continued by Ms Fionnuala
Rahilly, Career Development Manager,
Department of Student, Academic and
Regulatory Affairs.
The Alumni Mentor Network enables
us to begin to realise the potential of
that community, using the power of the
mentorship relationship to harness a
wealth of knowledge for the benefit
of students and Alumni alike.
Strengthening connections
In addition to the development of the
online Alumni Mentor Network, the
College continues to strengthen its
connections with Fellows and Members
worldwide through its publications,
including:
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The Surgeon, a peer-reviewed academic
journal, produced by leading science
publisher Elsevier six times a year in
collaboration with the Royal College of
Surgeons in Edinburgh;
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Surgical Bulletin, a monthly ezine
designed to keep Fellows and Members
fully informed on all developments in
RCSI associated with their profession;
and,
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Surgical Scope, the magazine for
Fellows and Members of the RCSI,
which is published three times per year
and features comment and opinion from
leading professionals, plus reviews and
reports on subjects relevant to surgeons
at all career levels.
ALUMNI ACTIVITIES
PEOPLE - Student Achievements/Alumni Activities
gillian Sheehan, Siobhan Wallace and Yinka
Lambo at the International Higher Education
Forum: New Horizons for Ireland which took
place as part of the RCSI gathering
rcsi's 20,000-strong global community
of alumni across 70 countries is not
just a rich network of professionals
with a common bond, but also a rich
resource of professional expertise
and life experience. in the past year,
rcsi began a new chapter in its
engagement with that global network
via an extremely successful celebration
weekend held as part of the gathering
and the launch of an online alumni
mentor network.