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Thursday, 7th February 2008-RCSI Hosts Inaugural INMED Conference

07 February 2008

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is hosting the Irish Network of Medical Educators’ (INMED) Inaugural Annual Scientific Meeting today and tomorrow, the 7th and 8th February. The meeting is entitled Medical Education in Ireland : New Frontiers and is open to all those involved in Medical Education. Representatives from all the major institutions involved in Medical Education in Ireland will be in attendance at the conference.


Pictured from l to r are Prof. Frank Keane, Vice President RCSI; Dame Lesley Southgate keynote lecturer; Dr Frances Meagher, INMED Scientific Committee and Department of Medicine at RCSI and Minister Jimmy Devins TD, Minister for State at the Department of Health.

The Minister for State at the Department of Health, Dr. Jimmy Devins TD officially opened the conference this morning. Other highlights include a keynote address by Dame Lesley Southgate and over 90 research papers and posters on medical education presented in parallel sessions.

INMED’s objective is to enhance medical education on the island of Ireland by bringing together individuals and organisations with an interest in and responsibilities in medical and healthcare education in a National Medical Education Network.


Pictured from l to r are Dr. Eva Doherty INMED Scientific Committee and senior lecturer at the RCSI Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences; Minister Jimmy Devins TD, Minister for State at the Department of Health; Prof Frank Keane, Vice President of RCSI; Dame Lesley Southgate, Keynote Lecturer and Dr Frances Meagher Inmed Scientific Committee.

Speaking this morning, Minister Jimmy Devins TD, Minister for State an the Department of Health and Children said “Irish Doctors have enjoyed a long standing reputation for excellence and it is imperative that this reputation for quality is maintained and that the education and training system develops to meet the demands of the future in line with best international standards.”



Pictured from l to r are Dr Geoff Chadwick, Dr Shaun McCann and Dr Hemal Thakore.

Dr. Frances Meagher, Department of Medicine at RCSI and Chair of the INMED Scientific Committee said, “This is a historic and long overdue event for all involved in Medical Education in Ireland. We have been overwhelmed at the level of interest and enthusiasm in the meeting and anticipate that INMED will provide the springboard for future collaborative dialogue and research among all those involved in medical education, both nationally and internationally.”

Dr. Eva Doherty, senior lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at RCSI said “The Irish medical education system has undergone a number of changes in the past few years including the introduction of the graduate entry programme. This meeting provides a forum for all those involved in medical education in Ireland to come together and share their views, concerns and expertise on issues relating to the delivery of medical education in Ireland.”

INMED is open to all individuals who contribute to and are active participants in education in the health professions at either undergraduate or postgraduate levels.

For further information on INMED and the full programme of the inaugural meeting please go to www.inmed.ie