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10 Minutes with ...

01 July 2015

This month we speak to Kieran Hogan, Class of 2000, from Dublin who is coming back to the Alumni Gathering this August to mark 15 years since he graduated from RCSI.


What are your most memorable experiences from your time at RCSI?
There were several memorable and inspiring teachers at RCSI, Stanley Monkhouse and Mary Leader to name but a few. I also really enjoyed my time in the Drama Society. I met some really great people there.


When did you first become interested in pursuing a career in medicine and what led you to your chosen specialty?
I met a very inspirational consultant physician at my secondary school careers night. I had already been considering a career in medicine and he was very persuasive! I decided to train as an Anaesthetist because the technological and hands-on aspects of the job appealed to me.


Where are you currently working and what does your role entail?
I'm currently working as a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Mater Private Hospital in Cork. I anaesthetise patients for a whole range of elective surgeries and I'm involved in teaching medical students and nurses at UCC.


What are the factors that have provided you with the stepping stones to success in your career?
It sounds clichéd, but hard work, determination and a desire to always do the right thing.


What has been the highlight of your career to date?
Working in Australia and learning the art of intensive care medicine from several eminent specialists in the field was a true privilege and an experience I won't forget.


What challenges have you faced in your career and how did you overcome them?
The Australian College of Intensive Care Medicine exit exam was extremely tough to pass but I stuck with it, moved hospitals, found some new teachers and I got it in the end.


What advice would you give to recent graduates embarking on their career?
Don't be afraid to travel and work abroad. The benefits personally and professionally are huge. Be keen, take every opportunity to learn new skills and see new cases as a trainee. Finally, have respect for everybody that you work with.


What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to spend time with my wife and children. I love movies (though I don't get to go as much as I used to) and I've started to play golf (better late than never I suppose!)


What's your favourite destination and why?
I love Australia. I love the laid back people, the diverse landscape and the inviting weather. I can't wait to go back for a holiday when the kids are older.


What person do you most admire and why?
There's an Australian Intensivist named Charlie Corke who's really passionate about communication with patients and their families in the ICU and has written several books on the topic. I think that's really important.


What career might you have chosen if you weren't in your current one?
Computers.I've always been interested in technology.


Where do you want to be in the next five to 10 years?
I want to be teaching more than I do now. You benefit a lot from the teachings of others during your training. It's good to give something back.