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RCSI Conferring Ceremony

01 June 2006

Almost 200 students from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) were conferred with medical degrees and postgraduate awards at a special graduation ceremony in the National Concert Hall, Dublin on Thursday, 1st June at 6.15pm.

Dr. Geraldine Walsh, Dr. Padraig Moran, Dr. Teresa Brophy and Dr. Deirdre Larkin, all staff members of RCSI, who were conferred with the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Dr. Deirdre O’Mahony keeps it in the family as her father, RCSI Council member Mr. John Bosco O’Mahony congratulates her on being conferred with an honours degree of Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics (MB, BCh and BAO).

The first class to earn the new degree of Master of Science of the Faculty of Medicine (MSc), Cardiac Rehabilitation pictured at the RCSI Conferring. Back row (L-R): Dr. Deirdre Dodd, Dr. Catriona Ahern, Dr. Helen Newton, Dr. Alison Cahill, and Dr. Marian Kiernan. Front Row (L-R): Dr. Katherine Slack, Professor Hannah McGee, Dr. David Hevey and Professor John Horgan.

Dr. Alice McGarvey, who was awarded a PhD in Anatomy, pictured with Mr. Fintan Foy, RCSI Associate Director for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Mekki Abubakr Medini of Sudan, winner of the McDonnell Prize in Surgery and joint winner of the Lyons Prize in Surgery; Professor Arnold Hill, Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin; Dr. Roshni Kalachand of Mauritius, who graduated top of her class; Professor Niall O’Higgins, President RCSI; and Dr. Cormac O’Neill of the United States, joint winner of the Lyons Prize in Surgery. The graduates were awarded with the LRCP&SI/ MB, BCh, BAO at the RCSI Conferring.

Mr. Mohamed Alamuddin, RCSI Director of International Operations, with his son, Dr. Naji Mohammed Alamuddin, who was conferred with the LRCP&SI/ MB, BCh, BAO at the RCSI Conferring.

Catherine, Patricia and Sinead Fitzgerald at the RCSI conferring where Patricia was awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine.

Pictured (L-R): Dr. Amanda Maguire from Drumcondra and Dr. Alison Hampson, Clontarf, Dublin, who were conferred with a MB, BCh and BAO at the RCSI graduation ceremony.

Pictured from L-R at the RCSI conferring ceremony are Dr. Axel Bendiksby, Dr. Eivind Borna, Dr. Lars Henrik Mathiesen from Norway celebrate after graduating with at being conferred with the MB, BCh, BAO.

Dr. Meera Ruparlisa, Canada and Dr. Shamini Kirpananthan, Canada, who were both conferred with a MB, BCh and BAO.

Among those being conferred were the first class of eight students to receive a M.Sc. in Cardiac Rehabilitation. Jointly offered by RCSI and the Department of Cardiology, Beaumont Hospital, it is the first of its kind in Europe.

Through the integration of theoretical and clinical training, the 12-month course seeks to provide professional training for health professionals to qualify them to develop and co-ordinate cardiac rehabilitation programmes within the health care services. It also provides graduates with a unique training, permitting them to assist cardiac patients in the recovery phase after cardiac interventions such as treatment of acute heart attack, heart failure, coronary angioplasty and heart surgery.

Fourteen PhD students were also conferred following extensive research by the recipients in a wide number of areas including Oncology, Pharmaceutics, Physiology, Histology and Psychology. These included Teresa M. Brophy, Deirdre Larkin, Geraldine Walsh from the RCSI Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Padraig Moran, School of Pharmacy and Alice McGarvey, Department of Anatomy.

Commenting on the ceremony, Professor Alan Johnson, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, RCSI said "It’s very satisfying to see the students receive their qualifications. RCSI has a long tradition of educating and training students to the highest standards and this years graduates are no exception. Our graduates are highly respected both here in Ireland and worldwide."