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Trainee Wellbeing






The mentoring initiative is a confidential mentoring service that operates on a self-referral basis, at no cost to trainees or trainers. Our mentors receive specialised training and are equipped to help those who are dealing with issues such as:

  • Making career choices, or if they are not sure if they've chosen the right specialty
  • Balancing family life with work
  • Considering leaving medicine and pursuing a different career
  • Experiencing challenges with interpersonal relationships at work
  • Struggling following bereavement or traumatic events
  • Encountering challenges with contracts
  • Managing time effectively
  • Self-development, personal development and career development
  • Working on complex projects with variety of challenges

Trainees and trainers who contact RCPI to request support are matched to the mentor who is best equipped to offer support for their particular needs. Our mentors then share their knowledge and experience to help you achieve the best results.


Our Mentors

  • Prof Áine Carroll, Rehabilitation Consultant, National Rehab Hospital
  • Prof Gaye Cunnane, Director of Health and Wellbeing, RCPI and Rheumatology Consultant, St James's Hospital
  • Dr Christine Kelly, Infectious Diseases SpR, RCPI Higher Specialist Training
  • Dr Terry McWade, CEO, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, and a medical doctor
  • Dr Ceppie Merry, Infectious Diseases Consultant, St James's Hospital
  • Dr Diarmuid O'Shea, Registrar, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and Geriatric Medicine Consultant, St Vincent's University Hospital
  • Prof Ed Smyth, Consultant Microbiologist, Beaumont Hospital
  • Dr Muirne Spooner, Senior Lecturer, RCSI
  • Dr Yvonne O'Brien, Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist, Galway University Hospital and Portiuncula Univesrsity Hospital
  • Prof. Tony Ryan, MB, FRCPI, MD, MATLHE , Emeritus Professor and Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) coach.

Contact Us

Our staff are on hand to help you in any way possible if you are experiencing wellbeing issues while training with us. Simply drop us an email at or contact us through the main switch number: (01) 863 9700