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International Education Forum
With a remit that extends globally across
three time zones, the primary objective of
RCSI's School of Medicine is to be rated
as the best in clinical teaching, medical
practice and research, both nationally
and internationally. In that context, RCSI's
International Education Forum plays a
vital role in promoting a vibrant exchange
of ideas that informs the School's work in
optimising the quality of the programmes
it delivers and the success of its
graduates and postgraduates.
The fourth International Education Forum
took place from June 22 to June 26, 2015.
The Forum facilitated a comprehensive
review of the curriculum of three
Medical Schools in Dublin, Bahrain and
Perdana University in Kuala Lumpur.
The strong attendance at the Forum,
including colleagues from PU-RCSI and
RCSI Bahrain, provided an invaluable
opportunity to meet face-to-face, review
the challenges to be addressed and plan
future innovation that will consolidate
RCSI School of Medicine's place in the
vanguard of clinical teaching, medical
practice and research at an international
This year's Forum also facilitated wider
engagement through the establishment
of a one-day international Medical
Education Symposium, as part of
the overall event. The Symposium
explored the latest developments in
Interprofessional Education and enabled
external, invited international experts
and keynote speakers to engage with the
Faculty. The sharing of experiences and
perspectives that resulted will help shape
future strategy development.
Enhancing vertical integration
The process of enhanced vertical
integration within the core medical
curriculum continued, with the goal
of ensuring that those responsible for
teaching delivery in individual cycles are
fully informed of what's being taught
across junior, intermediate and senior
cycles, thereby intensifying continuity
and consistency, while strengthening
In a major new initiative, forming
a key element within the vertical
integration enhancement strategy,
RCSI has compiled a list of 50 Clinical
Competencies that all doctors should
Developed according to the principles
of the Delphian Method, the RCSI 50 is
the culmination of a substantial amount
of work by the School of Medicine, based
on College-wide consultation with key
The resulting list of competencies are
defined within eight primary categories:
Effective Communication;
Clinical Examination;
Competency in Practical Procedures;
Healthcare Delivery
Interprofessional Practice and Personal
Professional Development;
Social Change;
Prescribing and Drug delivery.
The list has been formally agreed and is
now ready for implementation.
Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA)
Prescribing is a complex process
requiring knowledge of medicines and
the diseases they are used to treat, as
well as balanced judgement of the risks
and benefits of treatment and painstaking
attention to detail. A Prescribing Safety
Assessment is intended to ensure that
doctors are well-prepared to prescribe
safely and appropriately by measuring
competencies across a range of clinical
A pilot Prescribing Safety Assessment
is currently under development at the
School of Medicine, led by Professor
David Williams, and is planned to be
completed and ready for introduction in
Medical Professionalism
The development of a cohesive
Professor Arnold Hill,
Head of the School of Medicine
In the past 12 months, RCSI's School of Medicine, managed and supported by
the staff of RCSI's Clinical Science and Health Science Departments, has seen
significant progress in the implementation of strategic initiatives to strengthen
delivery and continuous improvement of the core medical degree programmes,
ensure excellence in medical education and training, and enable the continued,
structured evolution of the core medical curriculum.
The School of Medicine Conferring Ceremony took
place in the RDS in June 2015.