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RCSI MATTERS
MINIMED LECTURES WITH PHARMACY THEME
The RCSI MiniMed Open Lecture Series 2013/14 came
to a pharmacy-themed conclusion on March 26, 2014
with lectures by Professor Paul Gallagher and Matthew
Lynch. Professor Gallagher's lecture, "Potions, Lotions and
Health Promotion What can my Pharmacist do for me?",
illlustrated the role of the pharmacist in modern healthcare
delivery and how pharmacists can make a valuable
contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of the
Irish public. Matthew Lynch discussed two topical issues in
the world of pharmacy in his lecture "Generic Medicines
and Internet Pharmacies". These pharmacy lectures ran
parallel to a `brown bag' event at RCSI, where members of
the public brought their medication and supplements to an
appointment with an RCSI pharmacist. The full lecture series
can be viewed on the RCSI YouTube channel.
The 2014/2015 MiniMed series has commenced and
on February 25, 2015, Dolores Keating, an Honorary
Clinical Senior Lecturer of the School, will deliver a lecture
entitled "Mammy's little helper - the Irish relationship
with anxiety medication", which will be followed by a
panel discussion on the subject of benzodiapeine usage in
Ireland. All alumni are most welcome.
MASTER OF PHARMACY PROGRAMME
On November 17, 2014, 130 students who had
successfully completed their internship graduated with an
NUI/RCSI Master of Pharmacy at the Convention Centre
in Dublin. RCSI earlier in 2014 won the Pharmaceutical
Society of Ireland tender for the delivery of the Master of
Pharmacy programme from 2014/2015 onwards.
The new academic year 2014/2015 started at the beginning of September with the
traditional White Coat Ceremony in the Examination Hall. Pictured at the RCSI White Coat
Ceremony 2014 are: Professor Clive Lee, RCSI Professor of Anatomy; Peter O Donnell,
the recipient of the Servier Medal for Experienced Researcher; and Dr. Amro Widaa, post-
doctoral researcher of the School of Pharmacy.
Pictured at B.Sc. (Pharm.) Graduation Day are:
Professor Paul Gallagher, Head of the School of
Pharmacy, and Sarah Jane O'Connor, who was
the winner of the National University of Ireland
Dr. H. H. Stewart Scholarship in Pharmacy 2014.
ALUMNUS UPDATE: FERGAL O'SHAUGHNESSY, BSC PHARMACY, CLASS OF 2010 AND MPHARM, CLASS OF 2011
Hospital Pharmacist, St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin
Fergal studied Pharmacy in RCSI and graduated with a B.Sc (Pharm) in 2010, and an MPharm in
2011. Fergal began working as a pharmacist in St. Vincent's University Hospital (SVUH) in 2011,
where he undertook a two-year, part time Masters degree in Hospital Pharmacy through Trinity
College Dublin which he completed in 2013. He continues to work as a pharmacist in SVUH and,
in his career to date, Fergal has gained experience in a wide variety of clinical and non-clinical
areas of hospital pharmacy practice. These include clinical pharmacy, medicines information,
aseptic compounding and healthcare research. He has also worked in more specialist areas of care
including haematology/oncology and nephrology. In his current role, Fergal works as a clinical
pharmacist associated with the nephrology team, working as part of a multidisciplinary team to
ensure medicines are safely and effectively used to provide optimal care to patients.