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RCSI MATTERS
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elebrations to mark the first decade of
RCSI Bahrain kicked off in 2014. We look
at some of the highlights of a week-long
programme of special anniversary events
that took place from November 23-28 in
2014. Celebrations will continue until June 2015.
RENOWNED MAYO CLINIC PROFESSORS ADDRESS
RESEARCH EVENT
On November 27, two medical professors from the
renowned Mayo Clinic addressed staff and students at
a special research event. Dr Michael Brennan, who is
an RCSI graduate (Class of 1969) and Honorary Fellow
of the College, spoke about "Professionalism within an
Academic Medical Centre Who Benefits and Why?".
He was followed by Dr Rebecca Bahn, who gave a talk
on "Translational Science Reflections on a Bench-to-
Bedside Journey".
10TH ANNIVERSARY GALA DINNER
The anniversary celebrations culminated with a Gala
Dinner on Thursday, November 27, attended by more
than 350 guests. Professor Sameer Otoom, President
of RCSI Bahrain, gave a moving tribute to staff who
have strived to make the university what it is today.
Professor Otoom also announced a major milestone in
building RCSI Bahrain's research capacity; the Dilmun
Postgraduate and Research Scholarships, which aim to
attract highly-qualified Bahrainis who will act as future
ambassadors for both RCSI and Bahrain.
The night included award presentations to staff and
students and a performance of Irish and Bahraini Dance.
Dr Maurice Manning, Chancellor of National University of
Ireland (NUI) presented two prestigious awards to an RCSI
Bahrain graduate and student for the first time. Medical
student Yusuf Al Alwan received second prize in the Dr
HH Stewart Medical Scholarships in Paediatrics and Dr
Hiba Omar Mohamed, who graduated in 2014, received
third prize in the Dr HH Stewart Medical Scholarship in
Surgery 2014.
OTHER ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
In October, the University officially opened its US$700,000
investment in sports facilities, which includes a new all-
weather pitch and renovated sports and recreation centre.
Other celebratory events include an international food
festival; student events to coincide with Bahrain National
Day and St Patrick's Day; and an event for RCSI Bahrain
alumni. The celebrations will come to a close at the sixth
graduation ceremony in June 2015 when RCSI Bahrain will
graduate its 1,000th student.
RCSI Bahrain President, Professor Sameer Otoom said:
"RCSI Bahrain's 10-year anniversary is a tremendous
milestone for the university. We opened our doors to 28
students in 2004 and today we have more than 1,300
taking courses in medicine, nursing and postgraduate
studies. So our 10th anniversary celebrations will provide
us with a fantastic opportunity to celebrate everything
that we have achieved over the last 10 years and also an
opportunity to look towards the very bright future for
RCSI in Bahrain."
A FITTING END TO THE YEAR
On December 16, 2014, the Irish Medical Council
announced it had approved a five-year accreditation of
the five- and six-year medical programme in Bahrain.
The Medical Council described it as "an appropriate,
comprehensive and pedagogically-sound education
programme which is carefully designed to meet
defined educational outcomes and is based on the
well-established programme at the parent institution in
Dublin".
RCSI Bahrain Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary
Pictured is Professor Sameer Otoom, President of
RCSI Bahrain (right) making a presentation to Dr
Michael Brennan (centre) and Dr Rebecca Bahn
(left), following the special anniversary research
event.
Dr Declan Gaynor, Dr Seamus Cassidy and Evelyn Anand (pictured centre) who have
been with RCSI Bahrain since its inception were thanked for their contribution over
the past decade and were presented with paintings by a famous artist in Bahrain,
Abbas Al Mousawi.