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Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Annual Symposium - St Luke’s open for bookings

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Annual Symposium - St Luke’s open for bookings

16 – 20 October 2023 | Online and In Person

Symposium Programme (PDF, 1.90MB)

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The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Annual Symposium - St Luke’s is open for bookings. The symposium will take place online and in person from 16 to 20 October 2023, touching on the themes of clinical leadership, resilience, and climate and health.

Throughout the symposium, these themes will be explored through a series of exciting events including a public art exhibition, our annual public meeting, the symposium day, and the ever-popular Heritage event.  The Annual Stated Meeting will take place on 18 October 2023.

Heritage Day: Women, Art and Medicine

17 October | 3 CPD | Online and In Person

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The theme for this year’s Heritage Day is Art and Medicine, with a special focus on RCPI's portrait collection and the female artists represented in it. Speakers include Dr Kathryn Milligan, Dr Margarita Cappock, Professor Ludmilla Jordanova, Ms Niamh MacNally, Mr Francis Wells, and Dr Carole Barry-Kinsella.

Public Meeting: Healthy Planet, Healthy You

17 October | 2 CPD | Online and In Person

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Our health, the health of our families, and the health of our planet are intrinsically interwoven. Join us, in person or online, for practical tips and advice for a healthy future - for you and for our planet. We will explore sustainable diets, easy incidental exercise wins, the dangers of disposal vapes, and practical strategies to cope with climate change challenges.

Our speakers Professor Des Cox, Dr John Allman, Ms Janis Morrissey, and Professor Brendan Kelly will discuss the simple changes we can make to improve our longevity while creating a positive impact on our environment. The meeting and panel discussion will be chaired by Professor Mary Horgan, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Annual Symposium: Clinical Leadership, Resilience, Climate and Health

19 October | 6 CPD | Online and In Person

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The Annual Symposium event will delve into leadership in medicine, resilience in the face of adversity, and one of the most pressing challenges of our time - the relationship between climate and our health. Speakers will reflect on their own careers and experiences and explore some of the challenges and opportunities for doctors and the wider healthcare system. 

Professor Helen Boucher, Dean of Tufts University School of Medicine, will deliver the keynote address. Prof Boucher is a leading physician and expert in infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance. She is the first female Dean of Tufts Medical School and has led significant change in medical education and training with a strong focus on health justice and equity. Prof Boucher’s address will be followed by a talk from Dr Sean Casey, Paediatrician, National Lead NCHD 2023-2024, Co-Chair Forum National Committee for Physician Wellbeing, on physician wellbeing and the execution gap.

The leadership team who managed a major fire at Wexford General Hospital will give a first-hand account of the emergency as it unfolded on 1 March 2023. Linda O’Leary and Dr Emma O’Sullivan, both from Wexford General Hospital, and Ian Brennan from the National Ambulance Service will discuss the critical response – a lesson in collaboration and resilience when faced with adversity. They will then be joined, for a panel discussion, by Ben O’Sullivan and Dr Riona Mulcahy from University Hospital Waterford, who had to implement an emergency plan to accommodate an influx of patients evacuated from Wexford.

Professor Dara Byrne, National Clinical Lead for Simulation Health Service Executive and Dr Paul O'Connor, Human Factors Phsychologist, University of Galway, will share their vision for simulation and how it is transforming medical education and training to meet healthcare needs now and into the future.

The final session of the symposium looks at climate change and health. Dr Philip Crowley, National Director of Strategy and Research, HSE will provide an update and discuss the role of all HSE staff in the success of the recently launched Climate Action Strategy 2023-2050. Dr Colm Byrne, Consultant Geriatrician at the Mater Hospital, will address the effects of climate change on the older person, and representatives from other Faculties and Institutes will address this topic from their perspective and participate in a discussion and questions and answers session. Professor Trevor Duffy, RCPI Head of Healthcare Leadership will present RCPI’s position paper on Climate and Health that sets out some principles for future engagement and will be informed by this discussion.

Art Competition - Climate and Health Exhibition

16 – 20 October | No. 6 Kildare Street and online

Selected works from the Art Competition - Climate and Health will be exhibited at the historic home of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, No.6 Kildare St, Dublin 2, from 16 – 20 October 2023. Works will also be displayed on a visual platform online. 
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