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The sixth edition of the RCSI Student Medical Journal
was published in April 2013. This high-quality, student-led
publication serves to further cement the importance of
undergraduate research and establishes the role of peer
review of research at this early stage of their careers within
the RCSI undergraduate programmes.
In October 2013, our students hosted the third International
Conference for Healthcare and Medical Students (ICHAMS).
This two-day conference, organised by students for
students with support from Faculty staff, saw more than 150
undergraduate healthcare students from countries around
the globe travel to Ireland to attend the conference. In
November 2013, the organising committees of ICHAMS for
2011, 2012 and 2013 were awarded `Best Student Project'
at the Irish Healthcare Awards for 2013. As staff, we are very
proud of this achievement of our many talented students.
We remain committed to enhancing supports available to
all our students our Student Welfare Officers continue to
enhance the academic and life skills of our students and
we are extremely grateful for the generous donation from
an alumnus that made the second of these appointments
possible. Working with Dr Orna Tighe, Vice-Dean for Student
Affairs, they have made a positive and noteworthy impact on
the health and wellbeing of our student body.
June was a hive of activity, with conferring ceremonies in
Dublin, Bahrain and Penang. In Dublin, we were delighted
to invite back one of our esteemed graduates The Rt Hon
Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham KBE, class of 1984, to
receive the third RCSI honorary doctorate in science. Lord
Darzi was chosen to receive the RCSI honorary doctorate in
recognition of the outstanding contributions he has made
in the fields of medicine and surgery. At Penang Medical
College, we graduated our 1,000th medical graduate in
June in association with University College Dublin. This was
a proud moment to reflect on the achievements of PMC and
on the many enduring ties we have with Malaysia through
generations of Dublin and, now, Penang graduates. We
hope from 2016 to add Perdana University RCSI graduates
to this listing.
In November 2013, RCSI conferred almost 700 students
with undergraduate degrees and postgraduate awards
at five conferring ceremonies. The conferrings included:
undergraduate Medicine; Pharmacy and Physiotherapy;
Degrees of Masters in Pharmacy; Masters in Industrial
Pharmaceutical Science; Masters of Surgery; and Higher
Degrees by Research; as well as a variety of postgraduate
degrees across disciplines in leadership, nursing and
We extend our very best wishes to a number of Faculty-
related retirees this year, including Professor Kevin Nolan,
Professor and Head of Department of Pharmaceutical
& Medicinal Chemistry and first Head of the School of
Postgraduate Studies. Kevin has expressed an interest in
continuing his work for RCSI in other capacities and we look
forward to developing opportunities to embrace his expertise.
I would like to take this oppportunity to thank our alumni
for your ongoing support and enagement with RCSI.
Events and activities, such as the RCSI Gathering, the RCSI
Mentor Network and Overseas Chapters, are all examples
of true fraternity. The success of these initiatives drives us,
as staff and management, to create new and improved
opportunities for enagement. I hope that through the work
of our new Alumni Team, your avenues for connecting with
RCSI will be enhanced. We seek to protect and to build on
the reputation earned by previous generations of teachers,
clinicians and alumni at RCSI. In doing this, we welcome your
feedback and observations as valued alumni.
A team of RCSI students and staff won Student Project of
the Year for their work in organising ICHAMS (International
Conference for Healthcare and Medical Students) at the
Irish Healthcare Awards 2013.
Pictured at the launch of the 2013
RCSIsmj (student medical journal)
is Editor-in-Chief, Eoin Kelleher,
Medical Student, RCSI.
The 1000th graduate of Penang
Medical College, Dr Nur Izzah
Binti Ibrahim Osman, is pictured
(right) at her Conferring with
YBhg Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsam,
Chief Secretary to the
Government of Malaysia.