13 Experienced doctors now available to help RCPI Trainees under our Mentoring Initiative

13 mentors now available to support RCPI Trainees

We are delighted to welcome Prof. Tony Ryan as a new mentor to the RCPI mentoring initiative. This means that 13 mentors, all of whom are experienced doctors, are now available to help RCPI Trainees who would like extra support.

Prof. Tony Ryan is an Emeritus Professor who retired following 25 years as Consultant Neonatologist at Cork University Maternity Hospital, and Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at University College Cork. He was one of the first graduates of the Masters in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at UCC. Prof. Ryan has received multiple teaching awards including the UCC President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and a National Teacher Award from the National Academy for the Integration of Research in Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) in 2012. Prof. Ryan is also a Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) coach. He has used this as a viewer-centered facilitation method of the visual Arts to develop observational and critical thinking skills in medical students. By transferring VTS principles to the clinical setting, he shows how visual literacy, multiple perspectives, speculation with evidence, teamwork and problem solving, and a humanistic approach to medicine can be unfolded. Prof. Ryan is currently working towards certification as an ICF-accredited Professional Certified Coach under the direction of Francine Gaillour, MD, Founder and Executive Director of the Physician Coaching Institute. 

Prof. Tony Ryan, MB, FRCPI, MD, MATLHE

About the RCPI Mentoring Initiative

The mentoring initiative is a confidential mentoring service which operates on a self-referral basis, at no cost to Trainees. These doctors have received specialised training on how to mentor and can help Trainees who are dealing with issues such as:

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

Trainees who contact RCPI to request support will be matched to the mentor who is best equipped to offer support for that particular Trainee. Our mentors will share their knowledge and experience and will help Trainees achieve the best results. Our mentors are committed to supporting Trainees’ development.

“I have found the mentorship scheme really beneficial on a professional development and a personal level. I feel I have benefited hugely from the meetings with my mentor, in terms of developing new skills and from the guidance I have received in terms of how to thrive on my scheme. It has also been a hugely supportive tool where I can ask advice about anything.”

RCPI Trainee

Would you like to be matched with a mentor?

If you are currently on an RCPI training programme (including our international programmes), and you feel you would benefit from mentoring, please contact our Health and Wellbeing department to arrange an initial consultation before matching you with the most suitable mentor. Our Health & Wellbeing department can be contacted at wellbeing@rcpi.ie.

There is no charge for this service and it is strictly confidential. It is important to note this is not a counselling service; doctors who require treatment for mental health can find resources listed here and you can find information on agencies that provide suppport for acute stress here.

Meet our mentors

  • Áine Carroll, Rehabilitation Consultant, National Rehab Hospital
  • Gaye Cunnane, Director of Health and Wellbeing, RCPI and Rheumatology Consultant, St James's Hospital
  • Christine Kelly, Infectious Diseases SpR, RCPI Higher Specialist Training
  • Terry McWade, CEO, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, and a medical doctor
  • Ceppie Merry, Infectious Diseases Consultant, St James's Hospital
  • Diarmuid O'Shea, Registrar, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and Geriatric Medicine Consultant, St Vincent's University Hospital
  • Emer Shelley, Dean, Faculty of Public Health Medicine and retired public health physician and academic
  • Lynda Sisson, Dean, Faculty of Occupational Medicine and HSE National Clinical Lead for Workplace Health and Well Being
  • Ed Smyth, Consultant Microbiologist, Beaumont Hospital
  • Muirne Spooner, Senior Lecturer, RCSI
  • Peter Wright, Retired Public Health physician and Honorary Treasurer of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine
  • 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

Hadas Levy

Manager, Health and Wellbeing Department

Tel: 01 863 9705

Hadas Levy B.A. Psychology, M.Sc. Counselling Psychology manages the RCPI Health and Wellbeing Office.