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DIGITALLY-ASSISTED `90s
In 1995, RCSI became the rst
third level institution in Ireland to
provide laptops.
"We had the opportunity to use a lot of
innovative technology but, probably the
most exciting development was when the
College supplied us with laptops."
Dr Camilla Rønning (Class of 2005)
TECHNOLOGY TODA
Y
A TRADITION OF INNOV
A
TION
FROM EARLY ADOPTER TO APP DEVELOPER
As a medical student, Dr Conor Malone (Class of 2009) benefited from RCSI's early adopter stance on new
technology and went on to develop an innovative healthcare app
ALUMNI RECALL THE
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY
A TRADITION OF
RETRO `70s
Forty years ago, the overhead
projector was a novel addition
to the lecture hall.
"I remember when the overhead
projector was introduced in lectures. It
may be hard to believe now but it was
considered quite a modern educational
tool at the time."
Dr Reshma Badal (Class of 1980)
ACCEPTABLE IN THE `80s
e pocket calculator was an
essential tool in an era when
RCSI students could listen to
Madonna on their Walkman
cassette players.
"Pocket calculators, at a cost of
IR£200, were `cutting edge'."
Dr Richard Nora (Class of 1980)
Dr Malone comments: "For me, one
of the factors that distinguishes RCSI
as a medical college is its attitude to
technology. It's not just tech-friendly
and an early adopter, it looks to
innovate and break new ground in using
technology to provide better training
and healthcare solutions. Almost every
year, there are new IT developments
and new technologies are introduced.
From PalmPilots in the late '90s and
early noughties to today's virtual reality
technology (see page 26), the College has
always looked to provide trainers and
trainees with the most up-to-date and
e cient tools."
Dr Malone recalls: "When I started in
College in 2002, I was given a laptop
immediately. As a student, one of the
most helpful aspects of RCSI's approach
to technology was the readily available
IT backup and support. Whenever there
was a tech problem, you could always get
some help and advice in IT usually from
Eric Clarke, who was very approachable
and helpful. e value of the engagement
with technology in College becomes
most evident a er graduation as you have
developed a mindset that enables you to
apply technology to bene t your patients."
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