A future doctor from Athlone was amongst those who donned caps and gowns as they graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland School of Medicine (RCSI ) as part of the College’s summer graduation ceremonies. Dr. James Flynn was one of 283 graduates in attendance at the event which took place in the Convention Centre in Dublin.
RCSI’s School of Medicine conferring ceremony sees the largest number of doctors in Ireland graduate each year and the graduation ceremony is a celebration for students and their families, some of whom have travelled from all over the world to attend the ceremony.
Professor Cathal Kelly, Chief Executive/ Registrar, RCSI, congratulated all those graduating on their success, ‘today’s ceremony is a wonderful celebration for our graduates and a culmination of their years of hard work and dedication on the path to qualify with a degree in medicine.
These future doctors have benefited from teaching in an environment where excellence in patient centred care is the priority from day one, equipping our graduates with all the necessary knowledge and skills required to be rounded and clinically distinguished doctors, in whatever speciality career path they choose. We look forward to watching our graduates progress on the next phase of their journey as healthcare leaders of the future.’
At the same ceremony, an RCSI Honorary Doctorate Degree was awarded to RCSI alumna Professor Barbara Murphy (Medicine, Class of 1989 ), a world-renowned transplant nephrologist and immunology researcher whose work focuses on the use of genomics and genetics to predict and diagnose outcomes following kidney transplantation.
When Professor Murphy was named chair of the Samuel F. Bronfman Department of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2012, she became the first female chair of medicine of an academic medical centre in New York and the second female chair of a top 20 medical school in the U.S. Professor Murphy addressed the School of Medicine graduating class of 2018 as part of the ceremony.
RCSI is ranked among the top 250 (top two percent ) of universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2018 ) and its research is ranked first in Ireland for citations. It is an international not-for-profit health sciences institution, with its headquarters in Dublin, focused on education and research to drive improvements in human health worldwide. RCSI is a signatory of the Athena SWAN Charter.