In conjunction with King Hamad University Hospital, RCSI
Bahrain, introduced the Mini-Med Lecture series during the
past academic year. The idea behind this lecture series is to
showcase the University and the hospital to the public by
delivering lectures on local healthcare issues and research.
The first meeting was held in King Hamad University Hospital
and was attended by over 100 members of the public. The
School of Nursing and Midwifery is in the process of setting
up a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau in RCSI Bahrain. Sigma
Theta Tau is an International Honor Society of Nursing, and
is one of the largest international nursing organisations, with
members in 90 countries worldwide. The society promotes
nursing excellence and scholarship through initiatives in
research, leadership and community service to improve the
health of the world's people. The RCSI School of Nursing
and Midwifery led by Dr Catherine O'Neill has formed the
Ruffaida Honorary Society as a prelude to full independent
chapter formation, which will be the first chapter in Bahrain
and in the Middle East.
RCSI Bahrain continues to seek recognition both in the
Middle East and internationally for its degree award. Our
graduates have obtained internships in Bahrain, the GCC
Countries, and the Middle East, as well as internationally
in Canada, the US, Nigeria and Europe. In recognition of
the success of RCSI Bahrain, the Kuwait Ministry of Higher
Education has agreed to send 40 scholarship-funded
students annually to our medical school beginning academic
The annual graduation ceremony took place on June 10,
2013. A total of 202 graduates were conferred. Four new
prizes were introduced in recognition of professors who
have made outstanding contributions to RCSI Bahrain. The
awards are the Professor James Finucane Prize in Medicine,
the Professor Niall O'Higgins Prize in Surgery and the
Professor John Murphy Prize in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
The Rufaida Al Aslamia Prize in Nursing was also awarded
during the conferring ceremony. The prizes were given
to four outstanding students who consistently excelled
throughout their studies. The year was marked by a number
of new appointments at management level in the University.
Professor Sameer Otoom was appointed Interim President.
Dr Jean Hughes was appointed Associate Director for
Academic Affairs. Mr Adrian Lydon was appointed Head of
Communications. Ms Siobhan Traynor was appointed Human
The university also bid farewell to Ms Mary Alexander, the
Vice President for Finance and Administration, who took
early retirement. Mary has worked for over 30 years with
RCSI, the last six of which have been in RCSI Bahrain.
RCSI Bahrain trip to Lesotho.
Mr Stephen Harrison-Mirfield joined the RCSI
Bahrain as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Stephen was a senior executive with KPMG global
consultancy group. Stephen brings a wealth of over
16 years of human resources, technological and
financial experience to RCSI Bahrain. For the last
six years, he has been Head of Central Services for
KPMG in Saudi Arabia.
Stephen has a keen interest in education and
training, having started his career as President of
the Birmingham City University Students Union
and more recently having worked on two large
education establishment projects the $10bn
KAUST University and the $500m Suleeiman Al Rajhi
University, which are located in Saudi Arabia.
RCSI Bahrain Interim President, Professor Sameer
Otoom said: "I want to wish Stephen well in his new
role. Stephen has a proven track record in successful
operational management and I am confident that he
will continue to guide RCSI Bahrain in its ongoing
development as a global leader in healthcare
The newly created position of Chief Operating
Officer will be responsible for the oversight of
all internal operational functions that support
the programmes of the University. In addition,
it will support the further development and
implementation of policy and structure of RCSI.
Stephen has been living in Bahrain since 2006 and is
married with three children. He took up his new role