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Irish Academy of Medical Sciences meeting to initiate actions to address the crisis  in medical staffing in Irish Healthcare.

As you are aware there is an obvious and increasing crisis in the availability and retention of medical staff in Irish healthcare.  In that context, the Irish Academy of Medical Sciences is undertaking a series of activities to ensure that the necessary urgency is given to addressing what is one of the most significant challenges facing the health service.

A major focus of these activities will be the identification of actions and initiatives to create an environment which will ensure that a resolution of this crisis is successfully achieved.

The initial step will be organisation of a major meeting which will involve representation from all who are impacted upon by the lack of medical resources. The meeting  will take place on

Wednesday 8th March 2017 at 19.00, in the Cheyne Theatre, Royal College of Surgeons, 123 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

The meeting will consist of formal presentations to be followed with a moderated open forum to provide for interaction, participation and input for all attending.

Topics to be included in the formal presentations will include:

  • Reports on the current situation within clinical service provision and the impact of the lack of clinical resources
  • Reviews of previous proposals to address these problems
  • Reviews of implementation of these proposals
  • Identification of  issues and areas which inhibit a  resolution of the crisis
  • Necessary actions to eliminate or minimise the inhibitors of a successful resolution of the crisis

Speakers providing formal presentations are:

Professor  Brian MacCraith, President DCU, Chairperson of Strategic review of medical training and career structure

Professor Eilis McGovern, National Programme Director for Medical Education, Medical

Education and Training Unit, HSE

Professor Ruairi Brugha, Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine, RCSI

Dr Ciara Gough, NCHD, Specialist registrar, Pulmonary medicine, Beaumont hospital

Professor Noel G McElvaney, President of Irish Academy of Medical Sciences, Professor of Medicine RCSI

It is intended that the deliberations and the outcomes from the meeting, in addition to providing input to support the Academy’s actions in addressing this crisis, will also be widely disseminated.



Annual Scientific Symposium 2015

The Irish Academy of Medical Sciences’ Annual Scientific Symposium will take place on Tuesday 1st December 2015 in the Albert Lecture Theatre, RCSI, St. Stephens’s Green, Dublin 2.

The theme for this year’s Symposium is

“Ireland as a world class centre of excellence for clinical research – Opportunities, issues and challenges”

Session 1 (09.00 -11.00) The environment for clinical research in the context of the current and planned governance, strategy, management and delivery of Irish healthcare.

Session 2 (11.30 – 13.00) Evidence based research, case studies and real life experiences, demonstrating and highlighting the opportunities, issues and challenges within Irish clinical research.

Session 3 (14.00 – 16.30) Essential enablers for world class clinical research.

  • Experiences from national and international state, industry and voluntary initiatives in developing  world class centres of excellence for clinical research
  • Updates on the Academy’s position papers on:

“The establishment of the optimum ethical environment for Healthcare Research in Ireland”

“Clinical Trial Research: Value to Ireland”

“The establishment of the optimum data and information environment for Healthcare in     Ireland”

The Symposium is complimentary and as spaces are limited,   pre-registration is strongly recommended.

You can pre-register by  e mailing your name, work address, contact telephone number and e mail address  to ghurl@iams.ie: