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Thursday, 22nd May 2008-Beaumont/Richmond Hospital Marks the End of 30 Year Exchange Programme with Johns Hopkins Hospital

22 May 2008

The end of a 30 year exchange programme between Beaumont/Richmond hospital and John Hopkins hospital was marked today by special presentations during surgical grand rounds at Beaumont Hospital.

Back row from left, Mr. John Hyland, Mr. Parnell Keeling, Prof. Arnold Hill, Dr. Eric Hanly (John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, USA). Front row, Mr. Henry Osbourne, Prof. David Bouchier Hayes, Prof William MacGowan, Mr. Paddy Broe and Mr. Denis Mehigan.

The programme was established in order to facilitate a sharing of surgical expertise between both sides of Atlantic. It has resulted in the training of 64 American surgeons in Ireland, many of whom are currently chairmen of their departments in the US . A significant number of consultant surgeons in Ireland who have trained in John Hopkins as part of this exchange programme are attending the event today. Among those are Professor William MacGowan and Professor Bouchier Hayes who led the programme over the last three decades.

Dr. Eric Hanly, left and Dr. Colm McCarthy, carry a plaque presented by John Hopins University Hospital, USA to Beaumont Hospital for an ending to 30 years in student exchange between both hospitals.

Professor Arnold Hill, Chair of Surgery at RCSI said “This has been a wonderful exchange programme for all involved. It is with great sadness that the programme is ending. We at RCSI and Beaumont look forward to participating in future international exchange fellowship programmes with both the United States and Australia.”