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new associate Director
for fellows & memBers
The College has appointed Orla Purcell as Associate Director of
Alumni Development to drive the Fellows and Members program.
Orla joined RCSI in June from the Royal Dublin Society (RDS).
She has 14 years' experience across communications, relationship
marketing and membership development. Orla is a graduate of UCD
and the Michael Smurfit School of Business, and has a wealth of
experience in the educational sector, having previously worked as
Marketing Manager for Ireland in City & Guilds as well as in senior
positions in Macmillan publishing and Thompson Learning, Europe.
rcsi gathering
From September 12-14, the College is welcoming back its global
Alumni community for the RCSI Gathering to reconnect with
old friends and colleagues and celebrate RCSI's unique heritage.
An exciting social and scientific programme has been organised
including an Opening Celebration in the Convention Centre, an
International Higher Education Forum: New Horizons for Ireland
and a Black Tie Gala Dinner.
Professional DeveloPment
Programme for nchDs
The 2013/2014 Professional Development Programme for NCHDs
working in surgery and emergency, taking place in RCSI is now open.
Eligible NCHDs have until September 20 to enrol on the Programme.
The Programme is commissioned and funded by the HSE to facilitate
NCHDs within the public health service, who are not on training
schemes, to maintain their professional competence in line with
Medical Council requirements and provides a structured means of
achieving 20 external CPD credits. The programme includes technical
skills modules and human factors training.
The Programme and timetable is available on
Visit for more information.
surgical trainees BootcamP
The new intake of surgical trainees in the College began the first
`Surgical Bootcamp' programme in July. The intensive 40 hour course
which is now mandatory for all new surgical trainees was created
to immerse surgical trainees in the technical and non-technical
skills needed as a surgeon. The `Surgical Bootcamp' programme was
developed by the College based on feedback from consultant surgeons
and surgical trainees and is designed to better prepare trainees for
their early clinical rotations in surgical training.
technology in surgery
The College has launched an app ( for surgical trainees.
The app is a useful learning resource and includes information and
demonstrations of surgical procedures, surgical skills and links to
online libraries and books. The app is easily viewable on mobile
maJor research
funDing for rcsi
The College has achieved major funding success in the latest round of
Health Research Awards from the Health Research Board (HRB). The
eight successful RCSI projects will examine a range of health issues
including doctor emigration, psychotic illness, link between blood
group and risk of heart attacks, epilepsy, breast cancer, colorectal
cancer, melanoma and Motor Neuron Disease.
rcsi news
Send your professional news to:
orla Purcell, Associate director of Alumni development.
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