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Inaugural Watson award recognises excellence in Waterford interns

27 May 2014

RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) teaching hospital, University Hospital Waterford (UHW) recently held its first awards ceremony for training interns. The inaugural Gordon Watson Intern Award was won by Dr Sean Fitzpatrick for his study on acute pancreatitis. 

Pictured (l-r standing) Professor Fred Jackson, Mr David Smyth, Prof Arnold Hill, Professor Riona Mulcahy, Dr Rob Landers and Dr George Pope. Seated (l-r) is Dr Sean Fitzpatrick and Mr Gordon Watson

Dr Fitzpatrick was presented with the award by the Head of the RCSI School of Medicine, Professor Arnold Hill for his winning presentation entitled ‘Acute Pancreatitis Secondary to non-Alcoholic Steato-Hepatitis.' This award is named after Mr Gordon Watson, a retired Consultant Surgeon and former RCSI council member, for his outstanding contribution to University Hospital Waterford and its patients. 

Pictured with Prof Arnold Hill, Head of the RCSI School of Medicine, are the six shortlisted interns (l-r) Dr Padraic Kennedy, Dr Brian Ahern, Dr Jennani Magandran, Prof Arnold Hill, Dr Darakhashan Ansari, Dr Rory Lavelle, Dr Sean Fitzpatrick

Originally, six interns were shortlisted to present their cases, having previously submitted abstracts to the adjudication panel, comprising Professor Arnold Hill, Head of the RCSI School of Medicine; Professor Riona Mulcahy, RCSI UHW Undergraduate Dean; Dr Rob Landers, Clinical Director of UHW; and Mr David Smyth, Consultant ENT surgeon. The event was chaired by Professor Fred Jackson, Department of Medicine, RCSI UHW; and Dr George Pope, Consultant Geriatrician at UHW. 

Pictured (l-r) is Prof Arnold Hill, Head of the RCSI School of Medicine; prizewinner, Dr Sean Fitzpatrick and Mr Gordon Watson

The Dean of the RCSI Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Professor Hannah McGee, paid tribute to Mr Watson by saying, ‘Senior management at RCSI are delighted to support the enthusiastic request from many of Mr Watson's colleagues in University Hospital Waterford to name this new intern prize in his honour. He is a fitting inspiration to doctors at the start of their careers to strive to achieve the best they can for their patients and for their profession'. Mr Watson, who attended the award ceremony with his family, thanked his colleagues for considering him for this accolade.

Mr Gordon Watson and his wife Hazel (seated) are pictured with thier family

Founded in 1784, RCSI's mission is to develop healthcare leaders who make a difference worldwide. RCSI is a not-for-profit health sciences organisation which focuses on education and research to drive positive change in all areas of human health worldwide. RCSI is headquartered in Dublin and is a recognised College of the National University of Ireland.