Meet our newest Trainee Award Winners

The annual National Education Day for Doctors in Training took place at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland on Friday 20 May in No 6 Kildare St .

Every year, Trainees come together to showcase their excellence in research, case study and clinical audit, whilst learning from leaders in health and social care, technology and other areas of interest.

Guest speakers on the day included:

  • Dr Niamh Humphries,Researcher and Senior Lecturer in RCSI
  • Prof Gerry Gormley,Professor in Simulation at Queen’s University Belfast
  • Phil Martin, Assistant Director of Education Policy, GMC, UK
  • Dr Brian Kinirons, Head of the NDTP

This year's theme was “The Future of Training”.

"The quality of our medical trainees is second-to-none. Our trainees have an innate hunger to deliver world-class medical care to all who need it, and RCPI continues to deliver as national advocates for health and social inequality."

Dr Seán Armstrong

Chair, RCPI Trainee's Committee

Our annual Trainee Awards ceremony also took place during this event.

Showcasing their talents and achievements in research, trainee doctors from across Ireland compete for the Corrigan Medal, the William Stokes Research Award, the David Mitchell Award, and the Dorothy Stopford Price Medal.

Entries shortlisted for poster presentation were on display in No 6 Kildare Street throughout the day.

2022 Trainee Award Winners

Dr Michael Doyle

Dr Michael Doyle, winner of the William Stokes Research Award

"Diagnostic Yield of Exome Sequencing in Patients With Ultra-Refractory Epilepsy Without Intellectual Disability"

The William Stokes Award is awarded by the Trainees’ Committee in RCPI. It recognises research of the highest standards carried out by Trainees in Higher Specialist Training.

Dr Michael Doyle is Neurology Specialist Registrar and Epilepsy Research Fellow in Beaumont Hospital/FutureNeuro SFI.



Dr Salma Alkalbani

Dr Salma Alkalbani, winner of the William Stokes Best Poster Award

"The association between alcohol intake and obesity in a sample of Irish adult population"

Dr Salma Alkalbani is based in the Public Health Department at Dr Steeven's Hospital.





Dr John McCormick

Dr John McCormick, winner of the Corrigan Medal & the David Mitchell Award

“Nitrous Oxide Induced Myeloneuropathy”

The Corrigan Award is our annual BST case study competition. It recognises excellence in communication - The ability to identify complicating and challenging aspects of patient histories and communicate what we can learn from them.

“Use of Emergency Response Teams at Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise”

The David Mitchell Award recognises audits that improve patient care and/or specialist education and training. 

Dr John McCormick is Lead NCHD at Portlaoise Hospital.

Dr David O'Sullivan

Dr David O’Sullivan, winner of the Corrigan Best Poster Award

“Cardiac Sounding Chest Pain; Dissecting the Differentials”  

Dr David O’Sullivan is Senior House Officer on the Medical BST currently working at the Mater University Hospital.



Dr Kowshika Thavarajah

Dr Kowshika Thavarajah, winner of the David Mitchell Best Poster Award

“Improving Care for Patients with Dementia in Acute Hospitals”

Dr Kowshika Thavarajah is a Geriatric Specialist Trainee, currently working at Mater Misericordiae Hospital.



Dr David Kelly

Dr David Kelly, winner of the Dorothy Stopford Price Medal

“Detection and control of an international outbreak of hepatitis A among the Irish Traveller community: outreach and vaccination strategies”

The Dorothy Stopford Price Medal was introduced in 2018 to recognise excellence in research or audit on vaccination, immunisation or control of infectious diseases and its potential impact on public health. 

Dr David Kelly is a 3rd year Specialist Registrar in Public Health Medicine.

Dr Charlie Leahy

Dr Charlie Leahy, winner of the Dorothy Stopford Price Best Poster Award

“Investigating patient attitudes towards the covid-19 vaccination in pregnancy”

Dr Charlie Leahy is a third year BST  in Obstetrics & Gynaecology.



Congratulations to all award winners!

RCPI Trainees' Committee

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The RCPI Trainees' Committee (formerly known as the Collegiate Members Committee) is the longest-running Trainee committee in RCPI. We are always looking for more Trainees and Collegiate Members to get involved and become part of a group that can really make a difference.