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RCSI Charter Day Meetings address new developments in surgery

04 February 2012

Over 300 delegates attended the annual Charter Day meetings which took place in the College from Thursday 2nd until Saturday 4th February. More than 50 leading national and international speakers gave lectures over the three day event on wide range of surgical topics.

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Pictured (l-r) are Mr. Kevin O'Malley, RCSI Council Member; Dr L.D Britt, Honorary Fellow; Professor Eilis McGovern, President, RCSI; Dr Patrick Gullane, Honorary Fellow; Ms Laura Viani, RCSI Council Member; and Mr. Joseph Duignan, RCSI Council Member.

The meetings began with the 6th Annual Medical Students’ Intercollegiate Case Presentations hosted by the RCSI Surgical Society. This was followed by a video surgery meeting organised in conjunction with Connolly Hospital. 

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Pictured (l-r) are Ms. Helen O’Grady, Hull & East Yorkshire Hospital NHS Trust and Mr. Conor Sheilds, Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin.

On Friday, five parallel specialist sessions in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, ENT, Plastic Surgery and Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery took place. Each of these sessions focussed on new developments and challenges facing each of the specialties.

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Pictured (l-r) are Dr. Abdelrahman Nasr, Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda; Mr. Brian Lane, Vice-Dean, Postgraduate Surgical Studies, RCSI; and Mr. Mohamed Magd Eldin, Roscommon County Hospital.

Friday afternoon’s pleanary session on the Delivery of Special Emergency Care in Ireland concluded with the Johnson & Johnson Lecture delivered by Dr. L.D Britt, Past President of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Britt’s talk on ‘Acute Care Surgery in the 21st Century,’ focused on a new initiative in the US to address the delivery of emergency general surgery.

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Pictured (l-r) are Mr. Andrew Covney, Mr. David Kearney and Mr. Peter Neary.

On Friday evening, the 87th Abraham Colles Lecture was given by Dr. Patrick Gullane, University of Toronto, who discussed the ‘Creativity & Innovation in Head and Neck Surgery: The Journey of a Lifetime’.

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Pictured (l-r) are Mr. Michael Glynn, Retired Consultant Surgeon and Mr. Declan Magee, Council Member, RCSI.

On Saturday, Professor Sean Tierney, Dean of Professional Development and Practice, RCSI, gave the Bosco O’Mahony lecture entitled ‘Are we there yet?’ as part of the Annual Meeting of the Irish Higher Surgical Training Group. The Charter Day meetings culminated on Saturday evening when Honorary Fellowships were conferred on Dr. L.D. Britt and Dr. Patrick J. Gullane at the Charter Day Dinner.

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Pictured (l-r) are Ms Laura Viani, RCSI Council Member; Dr Patrick Gullane, Honorary Fellow; and Dr Barbara Cruickshank. 

Professor Eilis McGovern, President of RCSI said ‘The annual Charter Day meetings commemorate RCSI’s establishment by Royal Charter on 11th February 1784.  The meetings provide the surgical community with an opportunity to come together and discuss the challenges, issues and new developments within surgery. We hope the programme provides a stimulating and informative three days.’

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Pictured (l-r) are Prof Cathal Kelly, CEO/ Registrar, RCSI; Mr Ruairi Quinn, Minister for Education and Skills; Mr Joe Duignan, RCSI Council Member; and Prof Eilis McGovern, President of RCSI. 

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Pictured (l-r) are Prof Kieran Murphy, President of the Irish Medical Council and Prof Arthur Tanner, RCSI Council Member.

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Pictured (l-r) are Mr Kevin O’Malley, RCSI Council Member and Dr L.D Britt, Honorary Fellow.

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Pictured (l-r) are Prof Eilis McGovern, President of RCSI; Mr David Tolley, President, RCSEd; and Prof David Bouchier-Hayes, RCSI Council Member.

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Pictured (l-r) are Mr Barry Holmes, Director of Human Resources, RCSI; Mrs Nessa Friel; and Mr Eunan Friel, Managing Director of Surgical Affairs, RCSI.