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RCSI Conferring Week 2014 Celebrations get Underway

03 June 2014

RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)'s Conferring Week celebrations got underway on Tuesday 3rd June with more than 310 guests attending the 2014 Undergraduate Conferring Dinner, hosted by Professor Hannah McGee, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Among those invited were graduating medical students; Professor Patrick Broe, Immediate Past President; Professor Cathal Kelly, CEO/ Registrar; Council Members; Senior Management; RCSI Academic and Administration Staff; Consultants and Clinical Tutors. A commemorative RCSI Class of 2014 video to congratulate the graduands and to inspire them on their career paths as RCSI alumni will unveiled at the dinner.

Pictured (l-r) is Professor Abraham Verghese, physician and best-selling author; Ms Cari Costanzo Kapur and Professor Cathal Kelly, CEO/Registrar, RCSI.

A number of awards will also be presented at the dinner. President, Professor Patrick Broe will announce the Clinical Tutor Teaching Awardees and Gleeson Teaching Award Winner. Awards to students to be announced include the Dan Kelly Memorial Medal, the British Pharmacological Society (BPS) Undergraduate Prize in Clinical Pharmacology, the Gold Medal of the Association of Graduates and the Connolly Hospital Sir William Osler Medal. 

Pictured (l-r) is Ros Whelan, Aislinn Pearce, Nasrin Samji, Elaine Houlihan and Chris Armstrong

For the first time, there will be two separate Conferring Ceremonies taking place during the Conferring Week. Both ceremonies will be live-streamed and the links to view will be circulated on the day of the ceremonies. 

Pictured (l-r) is Dr Darcy Reed, Professor Michael Brennan and Ms Linda Matti

The Higher Degree Conferring Ceremony took place on Wednesday 4th June in RCSI. 47 candidates were conferred with degrees of Master in Pharmacy (MPharm), Master of Science (MSc), Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). 

Immediate past-President of RCSI, Prof Patrick Broe addresses the dinner attendeed

On Thursday 5th June, the School of Medicine conferring ceremony will take place at 4pm in the Convention Centre Dublin. 250 candidates will be conferred with degrees in Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics (MB, BCh and BAO). Professor Abraham C. Verghese, physician and best-selling author, will receive an honorary doctorate from RCSI at the Ceremony.

Pictured (l-r) is Ross Whelan and Professor Arnold Hill

The week's celebrations conclude with the Graduation Ball in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Burlington Road. 

Prof Hannah McGee is pictured with Prof Verghese

RCSI is a not-for-profit health sciences institute 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. In 2010, RCSI was granted independent degree awarding status by the State, which enables the College to award degrees alongside its traditional powers to award licentiates. 

Pictured (l-r) is Dr Orna Tighe; Siun Aherne, Margaret McCarthy, Dean's Office and her daughter Aine who will graduate this week; and Aidan Healy.

Iolanda Tiedt addresses the audience at the medical dinner