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I am well into the second half of my term of office and
thoroughly enjoying the privilege and experience of being the
College's 168th President. We continue to produce high-quality
medical graduates from our campuses in St. Stephen's Green in
Dublin; RCSI Bahrain; and Penang Medical College. Great credit
is due to the Medical School, under the leadership of Professor
Hannah McGee as Dean, and the academic and administrative
staff, that the same curriculum is delivered across all three
campuses and that, indeed, when it comes to examination time,
despite significant differences in time zones, the same exam
with the same consistency is delivered across all three campuses.
Almost 50 per cent of our graduating class in Dublin did so with
an honours degree in 2013 and, in Penang, the highlight was the
graduation of our 1,000th Medical Student since the foundation
of the College there in 1996.
An additional high note of the Dublin graduation was the
awarding of an Honorary Degree to the Rt Hon Professor the
Lord Darzi of Denham. Ara Darzi (as he was known when he was
an undergraduate student in RCSI and, subsequently, during
surgical training here in Dublin) was the first medical student I
encountered when I took up a post as a Senior Registrar in the
Richmond Hospital in 1983. In those days, he was a keen young
student and we struck up a great friendship, which has grown
and strengthened throughout the years. It was a particular
pleasure and privilege for me, therefore, to confer on him the
Honorary Degree from his Alma Mater.
Lord Darzi has scaled amazing heights since he graduated,
including Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery
at St. Mary's Hospital Paddington; Secretary of State at the
Department of Health and Member of the House of Lords. He
gave an inspirational address to our graduating class of 2013
and remains the same humble man that he was as a student here
in the College. His loyalty and support for RCSI continues and is
much appreciated.
Eventful year strengthens RCSI leadership
in healthcare education
RCSI President Professor Patrick J. Broe reflects on a memorable 2013
" impressive institution with a pervasive culture of quality."