April 2015 | Aibreán 2015

Second Edition of Student Medical Journal Launched

Wed, 15 April 15 18:00

The second edition of the UCD Student Medical Journal (UCDsmj) was launched with a healthcare discussion forum in the UCD Fitzgerald Debating Chamber in the UCD Student Centre.

The second edition of the student-run and student-edited medical journal presents student content of the highest standard, from original research to scientific reviews to healthcare features. Topics in this edition included clinical trial participation, food poverty and health, MSM blood donations and gestational diabetes. The journal editorial team were also delighted to feature an expert article from Professor Gerard Bury (UCD; CEMS) on the topic the emergency medical services and sciences this year.

The launch was marked by a panel discussion chaired by Mr Seán O’Rourke of RTÉ, on the topic “What should medical science be worried about – or not?”. The discussion panel comprised representatives of the Irish medical science, healthcare and political communities and included:

  • Professor Donal O’Shea (Loughlinstown; SVUH)
  • Dr Paddy Mallon (Associate Dean for Research & Innovation ; MMUH)
  • Ms Eibhlin Mulroe (IPPOSI)
  • Dr Ambrose McLoughlin (Healthy Ireland)
  • Dr Rhona Mahony (NMH Holles St.)

The panel discussion was enthusiastically attended by undergraduate and graduate students at UCD, as well as a large number of faculty members of the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences. The discussion took an interactive turn from the beginning, with many questions from the floor guiding the direction of investigation.

The journal itself was circulated to attendees throughout the evening, and indeed was the focus of attention many times in the discussion. Many thanks were and continue to be given to all parties who collaborated to make the production such an overwhelming success, students and faculty members alike, without whom the second edition would not have come to be.

The launch was considered by all to be a resounding success for the UCDsmj and an inspiring discussion in and of itself. The UCDsmj looks forward to many more events like these in future, and the success that is to come for the third edition.

The 2nd edition of the UCDsmj is now available as an e-publication at http://www.ucdsmj.com or in hard copy from UCD Library or by contacting ucdsmj@gmail.com.