RCPI Mentoring Programme

Trainee talking to doctor.

Trainees in BST can now sign up to be mentored by an experienced consultant

Our responsibility towards Trainees extends beyond simply providing a training programme. Doctors in training who want additional help and support should be accommodated and a mechanism to seek this support must be available.

We are therefore very pleased to announce a new mentoring programme for doctors in Basic Specialist Training.

Trainees in all BST specialties can now sign up to be mentored by an experienced consultant.

Mentors will support you by giving skilled feedback and identifying learning opportunities. You will set the agenda and your mentor will help the you explore your current situation.

The doctors listed below have made themselves available to act as RCPI mentors.

Doctor and trainee.

How to sign up

If you would like one of these doctors to act as your mentor, simply submit your request to RCPI by email by clicking on the relevant link below.

In the email please include your name and RCPI ID number.

We will let your mentor know you have been in touch and we will pass on your contact details.

Each mentor will have a limited number of mentees, so we recommend signing up early to avoid disappointment.

I qualified over 30 years ago, so I know what it is like to be on call and under pressure and I understand the difficulty of juggling competing work demands. As mentors, we provide advice and a listening ear if a Trainee has an issue with their work or career. We offer guidance in a confidential and objective manner.

Dr Elizabeth Keane

Dean of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine

Elizabeth Keane

Dr Elizabeth Keane, Dean of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine

Elizabeth was elected as Dean of Faculty of Public Health Medicine in Dec 2014 and will hold this role until 2017.

She has the following message for Trainees: 

"I qualified from UCC in 1980 so I have a long experience of working in the health services, with all the trials and tribulations, satisfactions and disappointments that this has brought.

My specialty is Public Health Medicine but realise that many of the issues that we face as medical professionals are common to all specialties.

As Director of Public Health for over 20 years, I managed a large multiprofessional dept , so am familiar with the HR needs and requirements of staff across the spectrum of their careers, from undergraduate students on placement, to SpRs commencing HST, to shortlisting and recruitment, to responding to requests for leave of all types…flexible, parental, study, sick, carer’s, career breaks…

As a HST trainer I am familiar with the requirements of training in a competitive and pressurised environment and in particular with juggling the needs of family and trying to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

In terms of mentoring, I would like to offer this experience of life and work and provide a listening ear to fellow medical graduates at early stages of their careers."

Elizabeth graduated from UCC in 1980 and following general professional training in Cork hospitals obtained an MPH from UCD in 1986. She completed Higher Specialist Training in Public Health Medicine in 1990. Following five years as Senior Area Medical Officer and A/Director of Community Care/Medical Officer of Health Dr Keane was appointed to the newly created post of Director of Public Health with the Southern Health Board (now HSE South) in 1995 until 2014.

Elizabeth has been Senior Lecturer in the UCC Department of Epidemiology and Public Health since 1991 and in 2012 was appointed Adjunct Professor.

She has been Convenor of Part I Examinations of the Membership of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine since 1999 and was Vice Dean in 2006 and 2012. She has been a HST trainer since 1995.

Elizabeth has held several appointments on statutory Boards including the National Cancer Registry, Irish Blood Transfusion Service, Interim Health Information and Quality Authority, Irish Medicines Board and the Health Products Regulatory Authority.


Click here to sign up to be mentored by Dr Elizabeth Keane

Tom Clarke photo December 2016

Professor Tom Clarke, Retired Consultant Neonatologist

Tom is a retired Consultant Neonatologist. He lives in Dublin.

He has the following message for Trainees:

"Although I am no longer in clinical practice I remain passionate about paediatrics and am eager to help anyone who wants to train and work in Ireland and eager also to share my enthusiasm for paediatrics with them.

I worked in paediatrics for over 30 years in Ireland and am still involved in committees and examinations. I am familiar with the “system” and am well known to most of the relevant consultant paediatricians in Ireland. I attend clinical meetings regularly and meet my former colleagues, most of whose email addresses I have to hand!

As mentor, I will help my mentees clarify and pursue their own professional, personal and psychological goals."

Tom was a Consultant Neonatologist at Rotunda Hospital, Dublin from 1983 and Professor of Neonatology at RCSI from 1994 until he retired from clinical practice in July 2011. He then worked part-time for a year as Lead Clinician in Clinical Audit at the Rotunda.

Tom obtained his medical degree at University College Dublin in 1970. He trained in Ireland and North America in Paediatrics and Neonatology, including two years Neonatal Fellowship at University of California San Diego and four years as Assistant Professor of Neonatology at University of Rochester, New York.

He was Dean of the Faculty of Paediatrics, RCPI, from 2000 to 2002. He was coordinator of the Fixed Term Training Appointment (FTAA) programme in the Faculty of Paediatrics for three years from 2008-2011; this involved intensive mentoring of paediatric trainees, mostly non-EU graduates, to fulfil requirements for entry on Specialist Register of the Medical Council. He supervised and advised Registrars and SHOs in the Rotunda for almost 30 years and has supervised many RCSI students undertaking elective newborn projects.

His interests in neonatology have included various aspects of the management of critically ill newborn infants. His professional achievements include setting up the National Neonatal Transport Service and mentoring the first Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners in Ireland and many Quality Improvement initiatives at the Rotunda. He is still a member of neonatal and paediatric committees and participates in hospital training site inspections for RCPI.

He is married with three children, one of whom is a doctor. He has six grandchildren He has recently started going to the gym at UCD!


Click here to sign up to be mentored by Prof Tom Clarke

Dr Pat Doorley meets with Mr Micheál Martin

Dr Pat Doorley, Specialist in Public Health Medicine

Pat is a specialist in Public Health Medicine and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine.

He graduated from UCD in 1975 and worked in various hospital specialities, including general medicine, paediatrics, geriatric medicine and psychiatry until he started training in Public Health Medicine in 1984.

He worked as Director of Community Care and Medical Officer of Health in the former Eastern Health Board, as Director of Public Health in the former Midland Health Board, and as National Director of Population Health and National Director of Health and Patient Information before leaving the HSE at the end of 2013. As National Director of Population Health he oversaw the first national study on Bed Utilisation, and the development of the HSE Chronic Disease Framework.

He has acted as a member of the Women's Health Council, the Office of Tobacco Control, the Research Institute for a Tobacco Free Society, the second National Cancer Forum and was more recently a member of the Special Action Group on Obesity and the Advisory Group on Plain (Standardised) packaging for Tobacco, both of which were established by the Minister for Health.

Pat was chairman of the RCPI Tobacco Group from 2013 to 2016 and is currently chairman of ASH Ireland.

He would be happy to mentor doctors from any specialty and has experience of mentoring and being mentored.

Click here to sign up to be mentored by Dr Pat Doorley

Cathy McHugh

Dr Cathy McHugh, Consultant Endocrinologist, Sligo

Cathy works and lives in Sligo. She is a Consultant Endocrinologist and has been working in Sligo General Hospital since 2008.

She is the BST coordinator in Sligo and has NCHDs on her team (three SHOs and an SpR).

She acts as a mentor locally for NCHDs and organises teaching and education schedules in Sligo.

She has a passion for postgraduate medical education.

Click here to sign up to be mentored by Dr Cathy McHugh


What do we mean by 'mentoring'?

Mentoring is about helping doctors to help themselves – helping them find their own solutions to indeterminate problems. In practice, mentoring is known to have a positive impact on consultation skills, work relationships and teamwork. In studies, both mentors and those being mentored report positive changes to their professional and personal confidence and morale.

There is no universal definition of what constitutes mentoring in the medical literature; but mentoring is seen as primarily a developmental relationship with some benefit for the mentor and advantageous to the mentee. The personal and professional development of the mentee is among the main objectives of the mentoring relationship. 

All RCPI Mentors have been appropriately trained.

Mentoring represents the structured promotion of individuals within a professional group with the aim of optimally supporting their professional careers as well as their personal development.

Buddeberg-Fischer et al. (2004:3)

Cited by Keane et al (2015)

Contact us

Georgina Farr

Programme Manager, Continuous Quality Improvement Programme

Tel: 01 863 9775

Georgina is the Programme Manager for our Continuous Quality Improvement Programme, which is working to improve the quality of postgraduate medical education and training delivered by RCPI. The Keane, Imrie and McCraith reports currently form the main focus of work for this programme. Through this improvement programme, we are implementing the recommended measures in a planned, coordinated way that is aligned with our overall business strategy as a college. Georgina is responsible for project managing these initiatives, bringing them to successful implementation.