St Luke’s Symposium, RCPI’s annual conference, took place in October and for the first time, the conference was hosted virtually. Attendance figures reached record numbers this year with over 1,500 logging in to watch St Luke’s Symposium over four days, October 1 and October 14 – 16.
The annual conference kicked off early with a collaboration with the Irish Gerontological Society (IGS), who RCPI partnered with to deliver the annual Alone Willie Bermingham Lecture on October 1. Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, was the keynote speaker at this event where he delivered a talk on Lessons from COVID 19 and how we can improve care and support for older people in our community.
On October 14, the RCPI Heritage Centre hosted Heritage Day, which was open to the public as well as healthcare professionals. This event looked extensively at the subject of vaccines and specifically the quest for a COVID-19 vaccine.
On October 15, the Advanced Masterclass took place, confronting new frontiers in medicine and delving into areas such as genomic medicine, planetary health, professionalism, and alcohol and liver disease and the secondary harm of COVID-19.
On October 16, two sessions took place. The first, on the challenges for medical training in Ireland which looked at issues such as generalism vs specialism and the challenges for non-training scheme doctors in Ireland.
The second session was the Future of Medicine Leaders Forum which looked at communication in an increasingly virtual world, risk management, and educating and empowering physician leaders.
One very important event which takes place each year during the Annual Conference is the welcoming of new Fellows to RCPI at one of two annual Fellowship ceremonies. These ceremonies, which usually take place in the grand surrounds of the College’s historic home on Kildare Street, reflect not only the august nature of the achievement of Fellowship but also the important traditions of RCPI, such as the recitation of RCPI’s Fellowship declaration. This year, owing to COVID-19 restrictions, the fellowship ceremonies were held virtually.