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

Third International Education Forum held at RCSI

25 June 2014

This week RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) hosted the third annual International Education Forum which began on Monday 23rd and concluded on Thursday 26th June. The Forum saw more than 40 staff from RCSI Bahrain and PU-RCSI, Malaysia join with over 100 colleagues in Dublin to attend this year's meeting. The theme "Curriculum Development in a Transnational Context" aimed to build on previous education fora and consolidate the work of the Health Professions Education Centre and Schools of the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences as RCSI operates in a complex transnational and inter-professional manner.

Group shot of all IEF 2014 attendees and contributors
During the course of the forum, staff from the three campuses review, renew and share challenges and innovations in the core curriculum, educational technology, student support and international education trends.

Pictured (l-r) is  Prof David Adams, RCSI Lead in Surgery, Perdana University RCSI; Prof Anthony Cunningham, Dean of Perdana University RCSI; Prof Cathal Kelly, CEO/Registrar, RCSI; and Prof Sameer Otoom, President of RCSI Bahrain.

The programme began with two days of closed Faculty sessions for RCSI Staff. A School of Medicine Junior Cycle programme took place in St Stephen's Green with an Intermediate and Senior Cycle programme taking place in ERC Beaumont on Monday 23rd. The programme on Tuesday 24th centred on "Focusing on Vertical Integration within the Medical Curriculum, Inter-professional competencies and transferable models". 

Pictured (l-r) Miriam Kennedy, CEO's Officel; Prof Tom Farrell, Anatomy; Prof Teresa Pawlikowska, Director of Health Professions Education Centre, RCSI; and Eric Clarke, Lecturer in Health Informatics, RCSI.
This morning, the programme opened to RCSI staff and invited guests and focuses on "Progress on Inter-Professional Themes" including an International Guest Lecture from Dr Jan van Dalen, Director of Training and Assessment Communication Skills, Maastricht University.

Pictured (l-r) at the International Education Forum is Dr Ellen O'Sullivan, College of Anaesthetists, Prof Hannah McGee, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, RCSI; Prof Arnold Hill, Head of the School of Medicine, RCSI; and Ms Anne Maher, Chairperson of RCSI Hospital's Board
On Thursday 26th June the International Education Forum is proceeded by the National Seminar Series ‘Bridging the Gap - Researching and Enacting Transition Pedagogy for STEM and Medical Students'; an open session in collaboration with the 3U Partnership and National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at Higher Level.
Professor Hannah McGee, Dean, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, RCSI said: ‘Fostering a sense of collegiality and annual renewal is very important in a system where weekly and daily communication, to ensure delivery of a common curriculum in three countries, is done routinely by videoconference and email over three time zones. The Forum provides a fantastic opportunity for staff based in Ireland and overseas to share their experiences during the past academic year to ensure that lessons learned can be built into further development of a common programme across three sites. We welcome our international colleagues to RCSI in Dublin this week to learn from their perspective and expertise.'
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.