87 doctors awarded certificates of completion of specialist training at RCPI

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Certificates of Satisfactory Completion of Specialist Training (CSCST) awarded to 87 doctors this year

87 doctors in 19 specialties met the criteria for Certificates of Satisfactory Completion of Specialist Training (CSCST) this year in RCPI. 

A CSCST is only awarded to those who have successfully completed Higher Specialist Training and have demonstrated the advanced skills and knowledge required for practising independently as a specialist, leading a clinical team and managing the everyday challenges of our health service.

Newly qualified specialists in Obstetrics and Gynaecology received their CSCST at the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Autumn conference on 28 September 2018.

Newly qualified specialists in Paediatrics received their CSCST at the Faculty of Paediatrics Autumn conference on 12 October 2018.

Graduates in Internal Medicine, Public Health Medicine, Occupational Medicine and Pathology attended a formal CSCST graduation ceremony on 24 October 2018 in No.6 Kildare Street. 

Specialties that now have newly qualified specialists:

  • Cardiology
  • Clinical Genetics
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology & Diabetes Mellitus
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Haematology
  • Histopathology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Public Health Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Rheumatology

View a list of CSCST recipients for 2018

View the names and specialties of doctors who received a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Specialist Training (CSCST) this year in RCPI

Recipients of CSCST at their graduation ceremony in No.6 Kildare St on 24 October

I sincerely congratulate our newly qualified specialists on reaching this point in their professional career. These doctors have demonstrated excellence in their specialty and this is being formally recognised by the College. It is a privilege to support doctors during the final stage of specialist training. I wish all our graduates continued success in their careers and all the best for the future.

Professor Mary Horgan

President, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
Taoiseach Dr Leo Varadkar attended the CSCST ceremony on 24 October 2018 with his partner, Dr Matthew Barrett, who graduated as a specialist cardiologist

Where are they now?

Higher Specialist Training (HST) is the final crucial step on the path to specialisation in medicine. It is a four- to six-year training programme completed in Specialist Registrar (SpR) posts, with programmes available in 29 specialties in RCPI.

On satisfactory completion of HST, doctors receive a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Specialist Training (CSCST) which allows them to enter the Specialist Division of the Register with the Medical Council. This means they can apply for consultant posts.

Below are details of where some of this year's graduates are now working.

Name specialty Where are they now?
Matthew Barrett Cardiology "I'm currently working as a consultant in cardiology and cardiac radiology in the Beacon hospital and doing a part time locum consultant post in St Vincent's University Hospital in cardiology with a focus on heart failure. From a research perspective, I'm finishing an MD with UCD in heart failure imaging with a focus on volume assessment. With regards to extra-curricular activities, I'm working as a clinical liaison with a medical devices company developing implantable technologies to provide clinical solutions in heart failure."
Grace Chan Gastroenterology "I have accepted a Gastroenterology Consultant job in London with an interest in hepatopancreaticobiliary."
Sarah Cuddy Cardiology "I am currently doing a combined research and clinical fellowship in cardiac amyloidosis in the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. My research focus is the imaging cardiac amyloidosis, multi modality approaches to aid early diagnosis. I completed a two-year fellowship in cardiac imaging in the Brigham and decided to stay on to pursue research in this area."
Ultan Healy Endocrinology & Diabetes Mellitus "I'm currently a post-CCT clinical fellow in endocrinology at Oxford. My main area of interest is neuroendocrine tumours."
You Yi Hong Gastroenterology "After completing my HST (Gastroenterology & General Internal Medicine), I was accepted for both the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Clinical Research Fellow and Advanced Endoscopy Fellow in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. Currently, I am working as IBD Clinical Research Fellow for 6 months (August 18 to January 19), and followed by Advanced Endoscopy Fellow for 1 year (February 19 to January 2020)."
Aftab Khattak Endocrinology & Diabetes Mellitus "I am currently working as consultant endocrinologist and AMU physician (long term locum position) in University College Hospital Galway."
Pardeep Maheshwari Gastroenterology "I am working as Advanced Pancreatobiliary (BP) fellow in Freeman Hospital Newcastle upon Tyne, UK where my focus is on management of Pancreatobiliary disorders, diagnostic and therapeutic EUS and advanced ERCP technique."
James Mahon Geriatric Medicine "I am currently working as a locum consultant geriatrician in Tallaght University Hospital."
Aisling Nee Haematology "I am currently completing a Leukaemia Fellowship in Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, Canada. During my fellowship, I have gained further experience in the diagnosis and management of acute leukaemias and myeloid malignancies and have completed research in the fields of therapy for Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia and prognostication of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia."
Aoibheann Ní Chonfhaola Palliative Medicine "I am currently working as a joint post Research Fellow, Academic Department of Palliative Medicine, Our Lady’s hospice and Care Services ,and Special lecturer in palliative medicine University College Dublin."
James O'Byrne Clinical Genetics "I am now working as a locum consultant in Clinical Genetics in the Mater Hospital, Dublin with a focus on Biochemical Genetics/Metabolics and Ocular Genetics."
Lisa Owens Endocrinology & Diabetes Mellitus "I am working as an Honorary Consultant in Endocrinology & Diabetes at the Imperial College London Healthcare Trust and I am finishing a PhD at Imperial College London. My research focuses on ovarian gonadotropin and androgen action in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and the direct and indirect effects of Kisspeptin on the ovary."
Vikrant Parihar Gastroenterology "I am currently doing a pancreatobiliary research fellowship in Tallaght University Hospital."
Ruth Marie Waldron Clinical Microbiology "I'm working in a temporary post as a Consultant Microbiologist for the University Hospital Limerick Group."

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