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CLASS NOTES
NEWS THROUGH THE DECADES
CLASS NOTES
Hoping to follow in the international
success of previous Irish bands,
Otherkin was formed by Medicine,
Class of 2015 graduates,
Luke Reilly
(singer/guitarist) and
David Curley
(bassist) during their third year in RCSI.
Excitedly, last summer, while they
awaited their nal year results, the
band signed a recording contract with
Rubyworks (label to Rodrigo y Gabriella
and Hozier), which created a urry of
writing, recording and touring around
Ireland, the UK and Europe. e band
has massive plans for 2016 including the
release of their debut album and a world
tour which they hope will include the
opportunity to catch-up with their RCSI
classmates.
Mr Stephen O'Rourke
(Class of 2014)
Mr Stephen
O'Rourke
graduated from
Physiotherapy at
RCSI in 2014. Mr
O'Rourke has had
many previous
lives before
commencing
his studies at
RCSI. He attended the Samuel Beckett
centre in Trinity College where he
trained to be an actor. Following this,
Mr O'Rourke worked as a professional
actor and contemporary dancer at
the National Theatre of Ireland and
with various other companies. Since
graduating from RCSI, he has been
working in both private practice and as
a rotational physiotherapist in Beaumont
Hospital. He is currently working as a
spinal physiotherapist in the National
Centre for Neurosurgery (Beaumont).
In November 2015, with the support of
Dance Ireland, Mr O'Rourke organised
and curated a Healthier Dancer Week,
a week-long event aimed at student,
professional and recreational dancers
from across Ireland. It consisted of a
series of workshops and presentations
from leading practitioners in the area
of dancer's health and wellbeing.
This summer Mr O'Rourke is hoping
to undertake research examining the
relationship between physical fitness
and injury incidence in aerial dance
performers in collaboration with the Irish
Aerial Creation Centre, Limerick.
Ms Fatima Rustom
(Class of 2008, MSc 2013)
Ms Fatima Rustom
graduated from
RCSI in Pharmacy
in 2008 and
obtained an MSc
in Healthcare
Management in
2013. She has
held the position
of Assistant
Pharmacy Director
at the Heart Hospital, a member of
HMC the biggest healthcare services
provider in Qatar, since 2013. In this
position, Ms Rustom participated
in the preparation and opening of
the Pharmacy Department and led a
fundamental role in the planning and
implementation of the first complete
automated pharmacy dispensing system
in Qatar and in the establishment
of the medication safety and quality
programme. Moreover, she participated
as a pharmacy subject matter expert
for designing and testing the electronic
Clinical Information System (Cerner) and
as a change manager for the project's
implementation within the hospital.
Congratulations to two
Pharmacy graduates,
Niall
O'Donoghue
(Class of
2009, MPharm 2010) and
Aoife Sugrue
(Class of
2010, MPharm 2011), who
got married last year.
s
Well done to Kerry GAA football
player,
Donnchadh Walsh
(Physiotherapy, Class of 2014) who
won a GAA GPA All-Star Award in
November 2015. He is described
as a `selfless workhorse' and the
`unsung hero' of the Kerry team in
Irish national media.
In November 2015,
Yasmine Usmani
(Medicine, Class of
2010) and her husband,
Kheredine Belhimeur
welcomed their beautiful
baby boy, Emir Joseph
Usmani Belhimeur into the
world. They say that he has
already brought so much
love and light into their
lives, and they are very
excited to embark on the
journey of parenthood!
Dr Usmani completed her
residency in Obstetrics and
Gynaecology and is now
a Fellow of Gynaecologic
Reproductive
Endocrinology and
Infertility at the University
of Western Ontario in
London, Ontario, Canada.
ey both agree that the College was
an essential element in the formation
of Otherkin... the St Stephen's Green
campus was where they met, and the
music room in the basement is where
they wrote a lot of their early songs.
By their own admission, the ability to
simultaneously juggle a full-time career
in music and a doctor's role would be
impossible, so they've decided to focus
on music for now. Although they do
still keep their medical minds ticking;
Dr Reilly is currently conducting
research with a GP in Dublin.
While uncertain as to when they'll
return to `ward-work', they are
undoubtedly having a lot of fun
following their dream!
Otherkin.
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