Shortlist for 2021 RCPI Trainee Awards announced!

Shortlist for 2021 Trainee Awards agreed by RCPI Trainees' Committee and Faculty of Public Health Medicine

The RCPI Trainees' Committee has shortlisted submissions for three RCPI awards:

  • The Corrigan Medal
  • The David Mitchell Award
  • The William Stokes Award

The Faculty of Public Health Medicine has agreed the shortlist for the Dorothy Stopford Price Medal.

These awards recognise excellence and Trainee achievements in communication, improvements in patient care and specialist education and training, and research. The standard this year was very high and the number of entries almost doubled on last year.

Shortlisted entrants have been invited to pre-record an oral presentation of their award submissions which will be judged prior to the National Education Day for Doctors in Training on Friday, 28 May 2021. The winning submissions will be announced live at the virtual event on the day and all recorded submissions will be available to view on the RCPI Digital Library after the event.

Congratulations to all those who have been shortlisted!

The Corrigan Medal

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.

The winner receives the Corrigan Medal, named after past RCPI President Sir Dominic Corrigan (1859 – 1863) and an educational grant worth €1,000.

This competition is open to all Trainees currently undertaking BST with RCPI.

This year's shortlisted entrants for the Corrigan Medal are:

  • Sarah Devlin - See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil: Giant Cell Arteritis - An Assault on the Senses
  • Michael Higgins - A Unique Case of Ring Chromosome 13
  • Claire Drumm - Congo-Red Herring: Nail Dystrophy and Scleroderma Amyloidosum in Myeloma-Associated AL-Amyloidosis

The entries selected for poster presentations are:

  • Diarmuid O’Connor - Renal endometriosis mimicking a malignancy; a rare case of Reno-Mullerian fusion?
  • Bearach Reynolds - Confirmed Varicella Zoster encephalitis leading to catastrophic intracranial haemorrhage in a patient with concurrent Covid-19 Infection
  • Lorna Kelly - An unusual presentation of stroke
  • Michael Gilligan - New-onset faciobrachial dystonic seizures following Herpes Zoster
  • Fergal Howley - Late Presentation of ‘Lemierre’s Syndrome’: how a delay in seeking healthcare and reduced access to routine services resulted in widely disseminated
  • Sarah Quidwai - Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL), mimicking SLE in a 79-year-old Irish male with limited foreign travel
  • Laura Piggott - A narrow miss – a reminder of a rare asthma mimic

The David Mitchell Award

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

The winning Trainee or team of Trainees receives the David Mitchell Award and an educational grant worth €1,000 for a single Trainee or €1,500 for a team Trainees.  

This competition is open to all Trainees, or a team of Trainees currently registered with RCPI.

This year's shortlisted entrants are:

  • Lydia Healy - Improving adherence to targeted SCID screening in a General Hospital through audit
  • Michael O’Shea - Addressing Discharge Prescribing Errors in Saint James’s Hospital
  • Patrick Kerr - Stop the Clot – an audit and quality improvement initiative of thromboprophylaxis prescription among patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19

The entries selected for poster presentations are:

  • Amy Worrall - An Audit of COVID-19 Patient's Management of VTE Risk Factors and Treatment
  • Karine Ronan - Improved patient outcomes associated with the implementation of an updated laboratory monitoring schedule for immunotherapy regimes
  • Tobias Mahraj - Quality Improvement Project For Infection Risk Management In An Endoscopy Unit During A Pandemic Setting (COVID-19)
  • Cathal O’Connor - An audit of smoking status and smoking cessation advice in Irish patients with lupus at high risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Jennifer Mulhall - An audit of clinical response and patient satisfaction with a Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria and Angioedema (CSUA) Virtual Clinic
  • Colin McGrath - Follow-up of Newborns in Maternal Thyroid Disease
  • Caitriona LoomesTo tell or not to tell; an audit of communication and documentation of Covid-19 swab results to parents of paediatric inpatients

The William Stokes Award

The William Stokes Award is awarded by the Collegiate Members Committee in RCPI. It recognises research of the highest standards carried out by Trainees in Higher Specialist Training. The winning Trainee receives the William Stokes Award and an educational grant worth €4,000.

The award is open to all Trainees currently undertaking Higher Specialist Training with RCPI.

This year's shortlisted entrants are:

  • Alwin Sebastian - Ultrasonographic Southend Halo Score as a marker for diagnosis and monitoring of disease activity in Giant cell arteritis
  • Antoinette O’Connor - Plasma phospho-tau181 in presymptomatic and symptomatic familial Alzheimer’s disease: a longitudinal cohort study
  • Rosemary Dineen - Optimising steroid replacement in patients with adrenal insufficiency: a prospective study of dual-release hydrocortisone

The entries selected for poster presentations are:

  • Pádraig Bambrick - Diet and Exercise for FRAILty (DEFRAIL): Development and implementation of a novel community-based intervention of exercise and nutritional supplementation, designed to counteract frailty in older adults
  • Jj Coughlan - Long-term clinical outcomes after drug eluting stent implantation with and without stent overlap
  • Alex Franciosi - Clarifying the Risk of Lung Disease in SZ α1-antitrypsin deficiency
  • Maria Tomkins - The Prevalence of Adrenal Insufficiency in the Kidney Transplant Recipient Population
  • Naomi Davey - “What I Wish I Knew in Final Year” – the launch of an intern led teaching programme in two distinct intern networks
  • Nura Atikah Mohd Asri - ACDC (Accelerated Community Discharge Care Plan) Rock the World Again: A New Initiative for Hip Fracture Patients
  • Julie Martin-Grace - Prevalence of suppressed morning serum cortisol and its relationship with cumulative glucocorticoid exposure in a moderate-severe asthma patient cohort

Dorothy Stopford Price Medal

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.

The medal is awarded by the Faculty of Public Health Medicine to honour this pioneer in infectious disease control in Ireland.

The award is open to all Trainees currently undertaking BST or HST with RCPI.

This year's shortlisted entrants are:

  • Niamh Bambury - Healthcare provider knowledge of and barriers to pneumococcal vaccination in at risk adults: survey results in Ireland 2020
  • Aoife Bell - Assessment of the Uptake Rate and Factors Influencing Uptake of Pneumococcal and Influenza Vaccination in MMUH patients with Diabetes Mellitus
  • Colm Mac Eochagáin - HPV Vaccination among Seropositive, DNA Negative Cohorts

The entries selected for poster presentations are:

  • Colm Kerr - Anal cancer screening and Pap testing acceptability among HIV-positive men who have sex with men populations
  • Maria Deery - Audit of BBV Screening, Hep A/B vaccinations and post vaccination immunity testing in the NDTC
  • Seán Whelan - Vaccine hesitancy and non-vaccination in an Irish paediatric outpatient population
  • Clíodhna Ni Bhuachalla - A novel communications strategy for improving engagement with COVID-19 Prevention and Control measures in vulnerable populations
  • Ellen Cosgrave - Improving Vaccine Uptake in Patients Over 65 Attending A Tertiary University Hospital Geriatric Outpatient Service; A Service Improvement Study
  • Clíodhna Ni Bhuachalla - A school outbreak of COVID-19 with a high secondary attack rate during a period of high community transmission

Join us at the National Education Day for Doctors In Training to find out who wins!

This year's National Education Day for Doctors In Training on Friday, 28 May 2021 features an afternoon of inspiring and enlightening talks specifically aimed at NCHDs training in Ireland. The programme for the day has been developed by the RCPI Trainees' Committee and includes the annual RCPI Trainee Awards.

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