Book now! Annual Conference – St Luke’s Symposium

Book now for RCPI Annual Conference – St Luke's Symposium 

Booking is now open for our Annual Conference – St Luke’s Symposium which takes place 17-19 October. This event is free for our Trainees, Licentiates, Members and Fellows as one of the benefits of their Membership and Fellowship.

This year’s Festival of Medicine takes place over three days in our historic home at 6, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. We’ve assembled a timetable that we hope you find thought provoking, educational and entertaining.

17 October – Heritage Day | 5 CPD Credits 

Each year our Heritage Day welcomes Members, Fellows, Trainees, healthcare professionals and the public to delve into Ireland’s medical heritage. This year’s timetable, curated by our Keeper of Collections, Harriet Wheelock, focuses on St. Ultan’s Infants Hospital. 

Harriet says, “This year we commemorate the centenary of the founding of St. Ultan’s Infants Hospital. The hospital worked to combat the ill health experienced as a result of poverty by Dublin’s infancy in the early part of the twentieth century. Founded by the revolutionary Dr Kathleen Lynn and Madeleine ffrench-Mullen, the hospital provided much-needed healthcare and advice on nutrition and hygiene, as well as specifically hiring female medical staff at a time when it was often difficult for women doctors to find work.”

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is delighted to announce that on this year’s Heritage Day we receive the archive of the Royal Hospital, Donnybrook on long-term loan.

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18 October – Advanced Masterclass | 6 CPD Credits 

The Advanced Masterclass is your opportunity to learn first-hand about the most talked about topics in medicine and discover the innovations that will shape your future practice. These offer an invaluable opportunity for Trainees, Members and Fellows to advance their knowledge and to network with the driving forces in these emerging fields. 

This year’s programme has three distinct strands. The day begins with our ‘clinical pearls’, talks that focus on vital issues and their recent advancements. The second part of the day hosts our breakout sessions. We turn our focus inward with three sessions, one on doctors treating doctors, Schwartz Round, with the theme of ‘A patient that you will never forget’ and we delve into the therapeutic and look at drug rash, prescribing issues and ICU medicine. Finally, the day ends with a focus on medicine, medicines and society, spotlighting contact with patients, medicine and humanities plus the medical use of cannabis.   

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19 October – The Future of Medicine | 3 CPD Credits 

On the final day of the Annual Conference our theme is The Future of Medicine, an exciting morning of discussion which also includes reflections on the past and present. We look at how changing technology can be used to inform and shape future clinical practice, while also acknowledging the limitations and challenges this may present. 

We are delighted that our new CEO Dr Terry McWade is joining us, he addresses delegates on the topic of Medicine Today. Delivering the John Feely Memorial Lecture, we’re honoured to be joined by Dr Andrew Padmos, who reflects on his long and distinguished career and the lessons it has provided. Finally, Professor Derek O’Keeffe delivers the inaugural St Luke’s Lecture on technology and patient centered care, and receives the inaugural St Luke’s Medal. 

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ASM – Exclusively for Fellows

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s Annual Stated Meeting takes place at 2pm on Saturday, 19 October. This event is open exclusively to Fellows of RCPI. The Annual Stated Meeting is your opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made in the past year and look ahead to our strategic goals for the year ahead. It also gives Fellows the chance to share their thoughts and engage with the governance of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland to ensure that their voice is heard. 

Annual Conference Gala Dinner

Our Annual Conference – St Luke’s Symposium concludes with our Gala Dinner held on the evening of 19 October in the historic No.6 Kildare Street. Limited places are available priced at €80 per person. If you are interested in attending please email

Early booking is advised to secure your place.