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RCSI's Surgical Affairs International
activities have had an exceptionally
successful year through a combination
of examinations , courses as well as
innovative new programmes.
Overseas Surgical Exams and Skills
Significant progress has been made in the
last year with overseas surgical exams and
skills courses. RCSI has now moved to the
MRCS Part B OSCE at exams centres in
Bahrain, Jordan and Penang. New MRCS
exam centres have also been established
in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and in
Dammam, Saudi Arabia. The College has
begun offering an MRCS Part B (OSCE)
preparation course, both in Ireland and,
for the first time in September 2015,
in Bahrain. New Basic Surgical Skills
courses will be launched overseas in
coming months. RCSI is also contributing
to the international roll out of the Joint
Surgical Colleges Fellowship Examination
in specialties such as General Surgery,
Trauma & Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery,
Cardiothoracic Surgery and Urology.
International Medical Graduate
Surgery International at RCSI has
successfully established two surgical
training programmes for International
Medical Graduates (IMGs) in partnership
with other postgraduate training bodies,
the HSE and overseas sponsoring
bodies. Pilots for the Academic and
Clinical Fellowship Programme and the
Collaborative Residency Programme were
launched in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Both programmes provide academic and
clinical training to IMGs from international
partner organisations, who return to their
sponsoring countries on completing
two years of clinical training in Ireland.
Increased candidate numbers are
expected for both programmes in 2016.
Medical Validation Ireland (MVI)
2015 has been a significant year for
MVI with the successful completion of
the Qatar Revalidation Programme in
February. This project assessed almost
800 Consultants working in Hamad
Medical Corporation and the Primary
Healthcare Corporation. It concluded
with a Revalidation Awards Ceremony in
Doha in February. This unique event was
attended by all Presidents and Deans of
MVI's seven partner Training Bodies. MVI
also exhibited at the 2015 Arab Health
Summit and is currently working with
Enterprise Ireland to expand its customer
base in the Gulf Area. MVI is also en-
gaging with partner Training Bodies
to enhance and expand its portfolio of
assessment products.
Court of Examiners
Launched in 2014, RCSI's Court of
Examiners has since established itself as a
platform of recognition for the College's
MRCS and FRCS Examiners. During the
last 12 months, the Court has recruited
an additional 70 members. The Inaugural
Annual Meeting and Dinner of the Court
was held at the College in May 2015. This
meeting focused on contemporary issues
relating to examining generally and to the
Intercollegiate Membership Examinations
in particular. The Court will continue
to focus on recruiting MRCS and FRCS
examiners in Ireland. RCSI also intends
to set up Chapters of the Court in the
Middle East and Malaysia in 2016.
Awards 2015
The College is committed to encouraging
the acquisition of additional training
and skills outside its own structured
programmes and 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 2015:
The RCSI Colles Travelling Fellowship in
Surgery, Zahraa Al-Hilli and John Burke
The joint RCSI/Gussie Mehigan Travel
Grant, Joseph Baker
The Joint ACS/RCSI Resident Exchange
programme, Rory Kennelly
RCSI/Ethicon Foundation Travel Grants,
Joseph Baker, Anne Collins, James
Forde, Helen Heneghan, Rory Kennelly,
Barry McGuire, Seamus McHugh,
Shirley Potter and Mira Sadadcharam
The RCSI-Anthony Walsh/Ipsen Urology
Travelling Fellowship, James Forde
Irish Travelling Fellowship, RCSI/
RSM Section of Coloproctology,
Michael R Boland
Millin Lecture, Aoife Lowery
Dr Richard Steevens Fellowship for 2015,
Anne Collins
The Brian Lane Medal, Anthony Hoban
The Professor W.A.L. MacGowan Medal,
Desmond Toomey
Professor Oscar Traynor, Director, RCSI National Surgical Training Centre with Natalie Sheung, RCSI medical
student, winner of the RCSI National Surgical Skills Competition 2015.