Winner of the inaugural Dr Kate McGarry Prize announced

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The winner of the inaugural Dr Kate McGarry Prize has been announced as Dr Fergal Howley

The award is given annually to the trainee doctor who has submitted the best review of a medical journal article as part of RCPI’s eJournal Club.

Dr Howley’s winning submission was entitled Efficacy and Safety of Low-Dose Colchicine after Myocardial Infarction (COLCOT Study) Journal Article Review.

Dr Howley reviewed this study of the effect of colchicine on cardiovascular outcomes in patients who had recently had a myocardial infarction. He chose this article as it identifies a potentially cheap and safe method of reducing cardiovascular events, but also demonstrates the importance of analysing a study before drawing broad conclusions based on its findings.

In his first year of Basic Specialist Training, Dr Howley hopes to specialise in the area of Tropical Medicine/Infectious Disease or Nephrology in the future.

This new prize was created by the RCPI Trainees’ Committee in 2019 in memory of the late Dr Kate McGarry.

The eJournal Club in RCPI Brightspace now open for submissions from doctors in BST and HST for the year 2020/21. Trainees are welcome to submit reviews presented at journal clubs in their hospital and articles must be relevant to the specialty of General Internal Medicine.

Honouring the memory of Dr Kate McGarry 

Dr Kate McGarry was a very popular and skilled trainer of young doctors. She 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.

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