RCPI Trainee Awards

Recognising excellence 

Each year doctors on our training programmes can apply for four awards:

  • The Corrigan Medal
  • The David Mitchell Award
  • The William Stokes Award
  • The Dorothy Stopford Price Medal
  • The Kate McGarry Prize

These awards recognise excellence and Trainee achievements in communication, improvements in patient care and specialist education and training, and research.

Shortlisted Trainees will be asked to present their entries at our National Education Day for Doctors in Training at RCPI, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

This event is organised by the RCPI Trainees' Committee.

The National Education Day for Doctors in Training for 2020/21 will take place in late spring 2021. As such submissions for The Corrigan Medal, The David Mitchell Award, The William Stokes Award and The Dorothy Stopford Price Medal will be accepted in winter 2020 with the dates to be confirmed. 

Doctor reading patient notes.

The Corrigan Award – Annual BST Case Study Competition

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 and the Joint Residency Training Programme. 

What to include in your submission

You will be asked to submit an abstract of an interesting or challenging case that you encountered while in BST or JRTP. The case can be published or unpublished.

Who can apply?

The Corrigan Medal is open to Trainees registered on the BST programme or JRTP at the time of case submission.

Who chooses the winner?

This prize is awarded by the RCPI Trainees' Committee

What is the closing date?

Late 2020 - date tbc

The David Mitchell Award – Recognising excellent audits

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.

What to include in your submission

  • You must identify a problem where clinical audit can improve the care provided to patients and/or specialist education and training
  • There must be identified standards
  • The sample size must be appropriate to the problem
  • The data collection methodology must be comprehensive
  • The analysis must be robust to identify problems
  • The submission must demonstrate how changes in practice have been achieved
  • The audit must be a completed cycle rather than a preliminary standard setting investigation or a simple descriptive study

Who can apply?

The David Mitchell Award is open to individual Trainees or a team of Trainees currently registered on an RCPI training programme. Applicants must have made a significant contribution at the conception and implementation phases of the audit.

Who chooses the winner?

This prize is awarded by the RCPI Trainees' Committee

What is the closing date?

Late 2020 - date tbc

Doctor at work
Computer lab

William Stokes Award for Research

The William Stokes Award is awarded by the Trainees' 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.

What to include in your submission

You will need to submit an abstract of your research paper, which will be judged by the RCPI Trainees' Committee.

  • Your research may be either published or unpublished but it must have been undertaken in the last three years.
  • Abstracts must be based on original research in the field of medicine and/or its subspecialties.
  • The abstract must not exceed 400 words in length.
  • Patient confidentiality must be observed.

Who can apply?

The William Stokes Award is open to Trainees currently undertaking HST with RCPI.

Who chooses the winner?

This prize is awarded by the RCPI Trainees' Committee

What is the closing date?

Late 2020 - date tbc

The 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.

How to apply

You will need to submit an abstract that describes your research project, quality improvement initiative or audit on vaccination, immunisation, or other aspects of the prevention or control of infectious diseases.

Your abstract must include recommendations for patient safety or the potential of the findings to impact on population health.

Who can apply?

You can apply for the Dorothy Stopford Price Medal if you are registered on a BST or HST programme with RCPI at the time of abstract submission.

Who chooses the winner?

This prize is awarded by the Faculty of Public Health Medicine.

What is the closing date?

Late 2020 - date tbc

Who was Dorothy Stopford Price?

Dr Dorothy Stopford Price (1890– 1954) worked in St Ultan’s Hospital for Infants and in Baggot St Hospital, both in Dublin.

She studied TB vaccination on the continent and pioneered its use in St Ultan’s in 1937, making it the first hospital in Ireland or Britain to use BCG.

She is a role model for doctors working to control infectious diseases and ensure adequate levels of vaccination in the population.

Trainee on computer.

The Kate McGarry Prize

The Kate McGarry Prize was introduced by the RCPI Trainees' Committee in 2019. It is an eJournal Club for doctors in Basic and Higher Specialist Training, providing a unique opportunity to share your reviews of practice-changing articles with over 1,000 doctors.

The eJournal Club is in RCPI Brightspace, our virtual learning environment, and it's now open for submissions from doctors in BST and HST.

You are welcome to submit reviews presented at journal clubs in your hospital. For the first year of the eJournal Club, articles must be relevant to the specialty of General Internal Medicine.

 

How to submit your article review

To get started, go to RCPI Brightspace and look for “eJournal Club” in your courses.

Or, if you're logged in to our website, click

here:  https://brightspace.rcpi.ie/d2l/le/lessons/7709/units/5850

Before you submit a review, please read our submission criteria here (PDF)

All entries will be marked in accordance with this marking scheme (PDF)

Submissions will be judged by SpRs in Higher Specialist Training on a bi-monthly basis. The winning review for each submission period will be published in the eJournal Club.

The deadlines for each submission period are:

  • September - November 2019: 30 November 2019
  • December 2019 - January 2020: 31 January 2020
  • February - March 2020: 31 March 2020
  • April - May 2020: 30 May 2020

 

Doctors in both HST and BST can submit article reviews.

Reviews from doctors in BST that are selected for publication will be considered for the Kate McGarry Prize, which will be presented at the annual National Education Day for Doctors in Training, which is organised by the RCPI Trainees’ Committee each year.

Who was Dr Kate McGarry?  

Dr Kate McGarry 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.

The inaugural Kate McGarry Prize will be awarded in 2020/21. 

Other awards and fellowships

Richard Steevens’ Scholarship

Funded by the HSE, the Dr Richard Steevens’ Scholarship gives Irish SpRs an opportunity to train abroad in subspecialties and specialised skills for which training in the Republic of Ireland is limited or unavailable.

The scholarship is designed to support training in novel areas of medicine that will enrich the Irish health service. Winners of the scholarship receive funding from the HSE equivalent to their current point on the SpR salary scale. The minimum period funded is three months, the maximum is one year.

The scholarship is open to SpRs who are within two years of CSCST. If you win a scholarship, you must complete the period of funded training within the duration of your HST programme and prior to the award of a CSCST.

A call for applications normally goes out in October of each year. We will let you know when applications open and send you information on how to apply.

 

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.