Latest winning review in Trainees’ eJournal Club – Congratulations Aoife Bell!

We are delighted to announce our eJournal Club winner for April - May 2020

Congratulations to Dr Aoife Bell, in her first year of Basic Specialist Training in General Internal Medicine, for submitting the winning journal article review for April - May 2020.

Her winning submission is entitled “A Trial of Lopinavir-Ritonavir in Adults Hospitalized with Severe Covid-19”.

Dr Bell chose to review this study examining the efficacy and safety of lopinavir-ritonavir in severe COVID-19, as Cao et al evaluated this readily available, inexpensive treatment option at a crucial time in this global pandemic. The study has provided essential safety data regarding lopinavir-ritonavir and has set the foundation for further research into the management of COVID-19.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic reached Ireland, Dr Bell has been working with many different teams in Mater Misericordiae University Hospital but predominantly with the Respiratory team in recent weeks. She is interested in pursuing a career in Respiratory Medicine or Endocrinology.

Dr Bell is now in the running for the 2020 Kate McGarry Prize.

Dr Aoife Bell

Read the winning ejournal club review for April/May 2020

Read Dr Aoife Bell's winning submission “A Trial of Lopinavir-Ritonavir in Adults Hospitalized with Severe Covid-19"

Other highly commended entries for this submission period

Members of the eJournal Club judging panel were also very impressed with the quality of these submissions:

About the eJournal Club

Our eJournal Club, launched in October 2019, is for doctors in Basic and Higher Specialist Training. It's a unique opportunity to share reviews of practice-changing articles with over 1,000 doctors.

The eJournal Club is in RCPI Brightspace, our virtual learning environment, and is open for submissions from doctors in BST and HST.

Trainees are welcome to submit reviews presented at journal clubs in their hospital. For the first year of the eJournal Club, articles must be relevant to the specialty of General Internal Medicine.

You can read more about the club here

Shortlist for 2020 Kate McGarry Prize is now complete

Reviews from doctors in BST that are selected for publication in the ejournal club are shortlisted for the Kate McGarry Prize, a new Trainee award.

With the selection of the winning entry for April - May 2020, the shortlist for the inaugural Kate McGarry Prize is now confirmed. The winner will be announced by the RCPI Trainees’ Committee later this year.

The confirmed shortlist for 2020 is:


Dr Kate McGarry was a much loved Consultant Physician in Navan and a Fellow on RCPI Council for 25 years.

She had a special interest in non-invasive cardiology and played a major role in developing Cardiology services in Navan.

In RCPI, she served as Vice President, Censor, and Associate Director of Hospital Site Accreditation. She was also President of the Irish Heart Foundation. She had over 30 international publications and helped discover a new genetic abnormality in an Irish family with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

She was a trailblazer for Irish women in Medicine, and a thoughtful and compassionate doctor.

She passed away on 5 January 2018.

The Kate McGarry Prize was created in her memory and will be awarded for the first time in 2020.

Dr Kate McGarry

Maeli Santos

Programme Coordinator, Institute of Medicine

Tel: +353 1 863 9626

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