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Thursday, 15th November 2007 - RCSI Conferring Ceremony

15 November 2007

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) conferred 182 students with degrees in Medicine, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy as well as Postgraduate Awards at its conferring ceremony today. 176 Nursing students were also conferred at the event.


Pictured from l to r Ms. Breffni O’Sullivan; Ms. Karen Fitzharris and Ms. Aoife Tobin who were conferred with a Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Pharmacy at the graduation ceremony at RCSI.

The first cohort of graduates from the International School of Healthcare Management’s Masters Programme in Quality in Healthcare (M.Sc.) were conferred .The MSc in Quality in Healthcare is the first programme of its kind in this country and is offered to all staff working in the healthcare sector including doctors, managers, nurses, other clinical specialists and administrators.


Pictured from l to r are Ms. Una Kennedy, who was conferred with with a Degree of Master of Science (MSC) in Women's Healthcare; Professor Gerald O’Sullivan, President of RCSI and Ms. Annika Gibbons who was conferred with a Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSC) in Pharmacy

Pauline Joyce, Director of Academic Affairs in the School of International Healthcare Management said “It is particularly timely, with the establishment of the Health Information and Quality Authority, to have healthcare professionals educated to Master’s level in quality. The focus on improving standards for a better healthcare service needs professionals to be educated to a level, which gives them the skills, confidence and awareness necessary to identify, and implement evidence based quality and safety in healthcare.”



Pictured from l to r at the recent conferring are Professor Marie Guidon, Head of the School of Physiotherapy and Physiotherapy graduates Mr. Gareth Clifford, Ms. Susan Carr and Ms. Keira O’Brien. 

The first ever graduates from the Masters Programme (M.Sc) in Healthcare Management were also conferred at the event. Gerorgina Gethin from the Faculty of Nursing became the first graduate to have been conferred with a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing at RCSI.

Professor Seamus Cowman, Head of the RCSI School of Nursing and Midwifery said “This is a very proud day and important step for Nursing education and research at RCSI. We are delighted to see clinically based nurses achieve the highest academic accolade and we hope that many more will follow in Georgina’s footsteps in the years to come.”


Pictured from l to r with Professor Brian Harvey, RCSI Director of Research are Dr. Victoria McEneaney; Dr. Darina Hynes and Dr. Fiona O’Mahony. They were conferred with a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the RCSI Conferring Ceremony.


Back Row (l to r) are Ms. Sibeal Carolan, RCSI School of International Healthcare Management and Ms. Maureen Parsons who was conferred with a Degree of Master of Science (MSc) in Quality Healthcare; and Ms Celine Judge who was conferred with a Degree of Master of Science (MSc) in Healthcare Management.
Front Row (l to r) are Ms. Brigid Butler and Ms. Audrey Whelan who were conferred with a Degree of Master of Science (MSc) in Quality Healthcare; Ms. Pauline Joyce, Director of Academic Affairs in the School of International Healthcare Management; Ms. Diva Dullaghan and Annette Hughes, who were conferred with a Degree of Master of Science (MSc) in Quality Healthcare and Ms. Theresa Keane, School of International Healthcare Management.



Pictured are Ms. Barbara Fitzgerald Skelly who was conferred with a Degree of Master of Science (MSc) in Healthcare, Ethics and Law with her cousin Mr. Fintan Foy, Associate Director of Academic Affairs at RCSI.



Pictured from L to R are Professor John Kelly, Head of the School of Pharmacy, RCSI; Dr. Calum R Park, Drug Product Manufacturing Manager, Abbott Ireland and Ms Deirdre Bermingham, who was conferred with a BSc in Pharmacy and who was awarded the Abbott Medal for Academic Excellence.



Pictured from l to r are Ms. Tana Blatcher, Ms. Adrienne O’Dwyer and Ms. Ellie Staerck. All three received a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Nursing.  


Pictured from l to r are Ms. Triona Scully; Ms. Ena Poelenjee and Ms. Ellen Gilsenan, Fore. All three were conferred with a Degree of Master of Science (MSc) in Primary Healthcare. 



Pictured are members of the Sayed and Hanson families. James Young (back row, third from left) was presented with the Sayed-Hanson Memorial Medal at the ceremony.