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Saturday, 28th April 2007- RCSI Holds First Blood Pressure Day

28 April 2007

Saturday, April 28th 2007 – Students from the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) held its first Blood Pressure Day in conjunction with the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) and Boots Pharmacy in St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre.

Pictured from l to r are Clara Ho, Yasmine Usmani, Aidan Magee, Robert Ohle, Hamad Al Bannay, Emad Al Badi, Brian Hayes, Maggie McNally, Irfan Moledina, and Lisa Torres

Thirty seven volunteers from the second year medical class took blood pressure readings, provided literature on lifestyle advice, and offered fruit as a healthy snack to the general public. Over five hundred people came to have their blood pressures taken throughout the course of the day. Although donations were not solicited, the public contributed over €600 to the IHF.

The coordinators of the event were Lisa Torres and Katty Lofti. Lisa said “I had the unique opportunity to observe our classmates interacting with the public in a clinical setting. RCSI was well represented by these students, who demonstrated the utmost professionalism and competency based on comments we received from the public as well as the administration of St. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre.”

Pictured from l to r are Katty Lotfi and Lisa Torres

Lisa continued “We are extremely proud of our classmates and the accomplishments of this day. We hope to expand and continue it as an annual event in the future. The fact that we were able to have such a successful public health event as 2nd year medical students is an affirmation of the quality of education at RCSI and the wonderful support we received from people within and outside RCSI.”