Dr Sharon Cowley, HST Rheumatology, wins McMaster International Best Case Report Contest

Congratulations to Sharon Cowley!

Dr Sharon Cowley, a first-year SpR in Rheumatology representing the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, won the Best Case Report Contest at the McMaster International Review Course in Internal Medicine on 11 May 2019.

Her case was entitled Case of Macrophage Activation Syndrome in a patient with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. There were 19 doctors competing for the award in total.

The Best Case Report Contest is open to doctors in internal medicine who are under 35 years of age, representing national societies of internal medicine or other institutions who are the official partners of the 5th McMaster International Review Course in Internal Medicine (MIRCIM). RCPI is an official partner institution for this event.

As part of her prize Sharon has won a one-month observership in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada).

Well done also to the other RCPI entrants in the Best Case Report Contest:

  • Khalid Elkholy, HST Respiratory Medicine, with Dermatology Meets Respiratory: ‘From a Skin Tissue to a Multi-visceral Issue
  • Colm Kerr, HST Infectious Diseases, with A chronic cough bugs a retiree – A late diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis

And three RCPI trainees had Poster Presentations at the event:

  • Rahim Khan, HST Gastroenterology - How to cure a severe physical dis-ability with diet alone?
  • Hannah Forde, HST Endocrinology - A case of metastatic medullary thyroid carcinoma presenting as ectopic Cushings syndrome
  • Recie Davern, HST Endocrinology – A ‘Simple’ Case of Conn’s

Well done to the three entrants to the McMaster International Best Case Report Contest who represented RCPI, particularly the winner Dr Sharon Cowley who beat 18 other trainee doctors from all over the world to win the prize. Congratulations to Sharon on her amazing achievement and for representing RCPI so well. Our thanks also to MIRCIM for the invitation to be an official partner for this prestigious educational event.

Professor Anthony O'Regan

Dean, Postgraduate Specialist Training
Dr Sharon Cowley is presented with her prize at the McMaster International Review Course in Internal Medicine

It was an honour to represent the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland at the McMaster International Review Course in Internal Medicine. I am delighted to win the award for best case presentation. I am very grateful to my consultants Dr Sekharipuram Ramakrishnan and Dr Shawn Chavrimootoo for a valuable learning experience with a challenging case.

Dr Sharon Cowley

HST Rheumatology and 2019 McMaster Best Case Report Contest winner

About the McMaster International Review Course in Internal Medicine

The fifth McMaster International Review Course in Internal Medicine (MIRCIM) took place in Kraków, Poland 9 - 11 May 2019. Over 600 participants from 31 countries attended the event.

MIRCIM is a product of the McMaster University Department of Medicine, the birthplace of evidence-based medicine and problem-based learning, and the Polish Institute for Evidence Based Medicine. It is organised in collaboration with the European Federation of Internal Medicine and the Jagiellonian University Medical College, and in partnership with almost 30 national societies of internal medicine from around the world.

You can read more about it here

Congratulations to Sharon on her victory at the recent Case Report Contest at the McMaster International Review Course in Internal Medicine. This is a wonderful achievement, particularly for a first-year Specialist Registrar. I would like to thank the College for partnering with McMaster and facilitating Dr Cowley’s participation in this prestigious event.

Dr John Ryan

National Specialty Director, Rheumatology

View an abstract of the winning entry

Read an abstract of Dr Sharon Cowley's winning entry Case of Macrophage Activation Syndrome in a patient with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus