Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Department of Geriatric and Stroke Medicine

The Department of Geriatric and Stroke Medicine, based in Beaumont Hospital (incorporating St. Joseph's Hospital, Raheny), is a major teaching hospital in north county Dublin. The hospital provides Emergency Medicine and trauma service together with National and Regional services in a number of specialities. The hospital employs approximately 3,000 staff and has a complement of 820 beds.

The Academic Department of Geriatric Medicine was established in 2009 following the appointment of Professor David Williams as Associate Professor in Geriatric Medicine. The vision for the Department is "To achieve excellence in the training of undergraduate and postgraduate students in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine and conduct research of international repute for the benefit of patient care".


The department aims to develop and deliver a new and dynamic curriculum in geriatric medicine and pursue excellence in the education of undergraduate and postgraduate ‘research-centric' students. The department supports and facilitates clinical teaching and research in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine on the Beaumont Hospital campus, St Joseph's Hospital and RCSI. It has strong links with other RCSI-affiliated teaching hospitals and national centres of Geriatric Medicine.

The curriculum in Geriatric Medicine aims to deliver the key knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviour that are expected of all graduates undertaking to the revised curriculum at RCSI. The crucial components of Psychiatry of Old Age and Palliative Medicine are also addressed. The curriculum is supported by student selected components that allow the student to study particular topics in more detail in relation to geriatric and stroke medicine. This approach facilitates the development of self-directed learning and encourages an interest in research skills and the development of presentation skills.

The curriculum is designed to foster an interest an interest in the speciality of geriatric and stroke medicine. Teaching modalities include formal lectures and case-based problem solving exercises. The department has a full time clinical lecturer who is helping to develop the curriculum in geriatric medicine at RCSI.

In 2010, the Certificate of Prescribing competency was introduced for final year medical students. In 2011, a core teaching module in Geriatric & Stroke Medicine was incorporated into the Intermediate Cycle 2 teaching schedule for pre-clinical students on a weekly basis over a period of 2 months. As of 2012, the Department in conjunction with the Department of Medicine in RCSI is involved in the prescribing aspect of the National Intern Training Programme.

In addition to clinical attachments at Beaumont Hospital, students are also afforded the chance to experience rehabilitation medicine at St. Joseph's Hospital in Raheny.

The Department provides post-graduate training in geriatric medicine to senior house officers and registrars and Dr Alan Moore is the National Specialty Director in Geriatric Medicine for the RCPI.