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We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2019 Trainee Awards

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Recognising excellence and supporting trainee doctors' achievements

The shortlisted entrants for the RCPI Trainee Awards presented their entries at the National Education Day for Doctors in Training in RCPI on Friday 6 September 2019.

There were four awards up for grabs. The Corrigan Medal, the David Mitchell Award and the William Stokes Research Award were awarded by the RCPI Trainees' Committee, while the Dorothy Stopford Price Medal was awarded by the Faculty of Public Health Medicine. There were also prizes for the best poster presentations.

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 we receive a record number of entries.

Shortlisted entrants were invited to orally present their award submissions in RCPI on 6 September 2019 as part of the National Education Day for Doctors in Training organised by the RCPI Trainees' Committee.

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Congratulations to the Trainee Award winners and also to those who presented as finalists. The standard was exceptional and highlights the fantastic projects that trainees perform. Through research and quality improvement initiatives, RCPI trainees effect positive change for our patients and the health service. These awards give us an opportunity to display and celebrate these achievements. Well done to all concerned.

Dr Cormac Kennedy

Chair, RCPI Trainees' Committee

This year's winners

In a first for the College, one of our Trainees won two awards this year! Dr Peter Barrett, an SpR in Public Health Medicine won the William Stokes Award for his study Increased risk of long-term renal disease in women who deliver preterm infants: a population-based cohort study and he won the Dorothy Stopford Price Medal for his submission A national measles outbreak in Ireland linked to a single imported case. The William Stokes Award 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 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 and the winner also receives an educational grant worth €1,000.

Dr Zara Togher, BST General Internal Medicine, won the Corrigan Medal for her case study Cytomegalovirus Infection – Not So (H)armless. The Corrigan Award is our annual BST case study competition. The winner receives the Corrigan Medal, named after past RCPI President Sir Dominic Corrigan (1859 – 1863) and an educational grant worth €1,000.

Dr Taha Khalid, BST General Internal Medicine, won the David Mitchell Award for his clinical audit Thyroid function testing in patients on immunotherapy at Sligo University Hospital (SUH). The David Mitchell Award recognises audits that improve patient care and/or specialist education and training. The winner receives the David Mitchell Award and an educational grant worth €1,000 for a single Trainee or €1,500 for a team Trainees.

The 2019 Trainee Award winners

I sincerely congratulate this year's Trainee Award winners on their achievements. They have demonstrated excellence in communication, quality improvement and clinical research and this is being formally recognised by the College. The standard of entries this year was very high and I was very impressed by all presentations at the National Education Day for Doctors in Training.

Dr Diarmuid O'Shea

Registrar, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Poster Prizes

The winner of the Corrigan Medal Poster Presentation was Dr Kevin Kitt for 'I'm feeling fine Doctor..' - Pitfalls in the recognition and management of depression in older persons

The winner of the David Mitchell Award Poster Presentation was Dr Donnchadh O'Sullivan for WhatsApp Doc? An audit of instant messaging usage and physician attitudes

The winner of the William Stokes Award Poster Presentation was Dearbhla Kelly for Proteinuria as an Independent Predictor of Stroke: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

The winner of the Dorothy Stopford Price Poster Presentation was Dr Heather Burns for Impact of Inclusion of Rotavirus Vaccination in the Irish Primary Immunisation Schedule, Focusing on the Midlands Region

Congratulations and well done to all!

Contact us

RCPI Trainees' Committee

Tel: +353 1 863 9700

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.