President attends special meeting of Members and Fellows from UAE

President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Prof Mary Horgan, travelled to Dubai to host a special meeting of Members and Fellows based in UAE. The event took place on 3 October, 2019 at the JW Marriott Hotel, Dubai.

This meeting was held to update Members and Fellows on the current work and priority areas for the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, and for the College to network with those in the region.

President Prof Mary Horgan was joined by RCPI CEO, Dr Terry McWade in welcoming esteemed guests to a reception and dinner. Those in attendance included Dr Saeed Al Shaki, FRCPI and Consultant Gastroenterologist, who said a few words and H.E Mr Aidan Cronin, Ambassador of Ireland to UAE. RCPI Examiners in the region also joined the President and CEO at this special event.

We are here because we want to build a stronger connection with you – our Members and Fellows.

President, Prof Mary Horgan

A vibrant meeting

Speaking about this trip Prof Mary Horgan said,

“Six months ago I visited UAE for one of our Clinical Exams. I was asked to return and host an event here to meet with you, to hear more about you and what you are doing, how we can support you and how you can help us in what we are doing. We are here because we want to build a stronger connection with you – our Members and Fellows. This is the first step in strengthening our relationship with you.”

She talked about how pleased she is that the College is celebrating 10 years of offering its Membership exam in UAE.

RCPI in UAE

“We held our first MRCPI exam in Dubai 10 years ago and Dubai and Abu Dhabi are now the biggest centres for our exams with 500 candidates a year. We also have the largest number of RCPI examiners here.”

The President outlined how integral international Members and Fellows and Examiner are to the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, and expressed the College’s continued commitment to strengthening its network within the region. She also outlined plans to set up a new advisory panel in UAE to continue this mission.

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland has 11,000 Fellows, Members, Licentiates and Trainees in 84 countries.