Professor Mary Horgan writes: These are extraordinary times for those of us working on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.
RCPI is home to the national professional bodies for many of the specialties most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are well positioned to play a key role in Ireland's response to this rapidly evolving crisis. I have been invited to join a newly established Medical Leaders Forum, convened by the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. This Forum will be centred around information, planning and response to COVID-19 for senior leaders in the clinical community.
The outcome for Ireland from this new virus will be largely influenced by the actions we take now-the actions that we take as individuals, as a community and as a wider society. We have strong evidence from China and South Korea that social distancing works, along with awareness of infection control measures as recommended by the Department of Health.
We will keep in touch with you as new information and advice becomes available.
I know that those of you who are working on the frontline will do everything you can to support patients, the public, and your colleagues over the coming weeks. I urge you to also take steps to protect your own wellbeing during this difficult time.
Professor Mary Horgan is the President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. She took up office as the 142nd President in October 2017 and will serve a three-year term. She is the first woman President in our 360 year history. Originally from Kerry, Professor Horgan graduated from UCD in 1986. She was awarded her MD in 1995, MRCPI in 1988 and FRCPI in 1997. She serves on the Board of the Health Products Regulatory Authority and the Mercy University Hospital and on the Governing Body of UCC. She is formerly a Board Member of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service and was previously Chair of the Council of Deans of Medical Schools. She is a Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine and she served as Dean of the University College Cork School of Medicine from 2013-2017. Professor Horgan also chairs our Steering Committee on Acute Medicine (training). Mary Horgan graduated from University College Dublin in 1986. She is Consultant Physician in Cork University Hospital and Professor in the School of Medicine, University College Cork. She served as Chair of the Consultant Medical Staff Committee and the Executive Management Board in CUH. Professor Horgan has served as a Board member of IBTS and is currently a Board Member of the Irish Medicines Board where she chairs the National Advisory Committee on Human Medicine. She is President of the Infectious Diseases Society of Ireland.