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RCSI celebrates Alumni Weekend 2011

19 September 2011
More than 200 medical graduates and their guests travelled from across the globe the for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)'s Alumni Weekend 2011 which took place from Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th September.

Pictured are Sisdel Gedde-Dahl Alme and Gunnar Alme (Class of '76)

Graduates came from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Ireland, Malaysia, Northern Ireland, Norway, South Africa, UK and USA to be stimulated and entertained, revisit old places and renew acquaintances, during the three day event which took place in Dublin.

Class of 1991
Pictured are Members of the Class of 1991 (l-r) Fintan Cooper, Mira Agrawal, Sukamas Suwanwalaikorn and David Bouchier-Hayes.

This year's Alumni Weekend, celebrated, in particular, the classes who graduated in 1951, 1961,1966,1971,1976,1981,1986,1991 and 2001 who held reunion dinners during the event.

Throughout the three days, graduates enjoyed various activities such as a golf outing to Carton House, Co Kildare, a tour of the National Stud, Japanese Gardens, and Kilmainham Gaol; walking and water-based tours of Dublin; and a reception and gala dinner held in the College on Saturday evening.

Pictured (l-r) are Gareth Jones (Class of '68), Sheila Jones (Class of '65) and Charles Dupont (Class of '54)

On Friday, 16th September the RCSI Scientific meeting brought another dimension to the weekend with talks and poster presentations given by former graduates and leading medical professionals and academics from RCSI. Among the speakers were Professor Hannah McGee, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, RCSI, who spoke on the topic "RCSI: Education Today's Students as Tomorrow's Leaders"; Professor John Kelly, Director of Research at RCSI who provided the group with an update on research at RCSI; and Professor James Lucey, Class of 1983 and Medical Director of St Patrick's University Hospital, Dublin, who delivered a talk on ‘Minding your health while you're minding others..".

Alumni Weekend
Pictured (l-r) are George Robles and Greg Haffner (Class of 2001)

Professor Hannah McGee said "It has been a privilege to welcome our graduates back to RCSI for this special event which provides opportunities to rekindle relationships and affiliations as well as networking amongst peers. RCSI has a proud tradition of educating some of the finest medical professionals and currently has over 18,000 alumni throughout the world. The graduates here this weekend are a reflection of this educational ethos"

Class of 86
Pictured (l-r) are Vincent Nathan and Michelle Mullaney (Class of 1986)

RCSI gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the sponsors and friends for Alumni Weekend which were: A. Menarini Pharmaceuticals Ireland; Association of Graduates, RCSI; Fáilte Ireland; Global Medical; Hermitage Medical Clinic; Lundbeck; and Pfizer.

Pictured (l-r) are Howard Spier and Pamela Mangal (Class of '71) President, Association of Graduates