June 2016 | Meitheamh 2016

UCD Medicine Conferrings 2016

Thu, 2 June 16 17:22

The 2016 UCD Medicine Conferring took place at O'Reilly Hall, Belfield on Thursday 2nd June 2016 with 230 graduands being conferred with undergraduate and graduate entry Medicine (MB BCh BAO) degrees as well as 43 doctoral and masters graduate degree awards in Medicine.  The proceedings were led by UCD President, Prof Andrew J Deeks supported by Prof Cecily Kelleher (College Principal, UCD College of Health & Agricultural Sciences) and Prof Patrick Murray (Dean of Medicine and Head, UCD School of Medicine).

Undergraduate Medicine Conferring Collage 2016

Each year as we gather to celebrate the Conferrings, we learn of multiple connections across Irish Medicine.  This year was no exception with Dr Eimear O’Connell, daughter of Dr Paul O’Connell (UCD Medicine 1978), consultant rheumatologist at Beaumont Hospital and Prof Karina Butler (UCD Medicine 1978), UCD Full Clinical Professor at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin.  Eimear’s grandmother, Dr Pauline O’Connell (UCD Medicine 1948) was also in attendance to witness the fourth successive generation of O’Connell’s to graduate from UCD Medicine. 

Dr Eimear O'Connell with the O'Connell / Butler family at the 2016 UCD Conferring Ceremony ; 560 x 373

Dr Cian Ward graduated on the same day as his grandfather, Prof Conor Ward was conferred with a Doctor of Science honoris causa degree (see below).  We were also delighted to welcome Prof Dermot Kelleher (Dean of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and former Dean of Medicine at Imperial College London and Trinity College Dublin) and his wife Jean to UCD to witness their son Dr Sean Kelleher be conferred with a degree in Medicine.

In contrast, some of our other graduates were the first in their families to attain third level education or to embark upon a career in Medicine.  But be they trailblazers or the next generation in a growing Medicine dynasty, each student has their own story of personal achievement which is what makes our conferring days ones of great celebration for all.

The graduates from our Medicine programmes now formally join the ranks of the medical profession whereupon they begin a year's further training as interns, many of these within the UCD Intern Training Network.  Many will return to UCD to undertake MSc, MD or PhD degrees in future years.

As the sole graduand from her degree programme at this ceremony, Ms Lauren O’Meara received a warm ovation as she stepped forward alone to receive her BSc in Biomedical, Health and Life Sciences. Her class mates will be conferred with their degrees at the September Conferring Ceremony.

Graduate Research Degree Conferring 2016

A total of seven Masters of Science (MSc) graduates were conferred degrees for Psychotherapy (1), Emergency Medical Science (2) and Research (4) as well as six Doctor of Medicine (MD) degrees.  Among those receiving their MD awards was Associate Professor Suzanne Donnelly, UCD Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Education.  30 individuals were conferred with degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) across a diverse range of research areas including child & adolescent mental health, hypertension, diabetes, orthopaedics, arthritis, neuroimmunomodulation, prostate cancer, maternal & fetal nutrition, cardio-respiratory disorders, HIV, osteoarthritis, obesity, cancer cell migration, genetics, haematology, suicide ideation and pulmonary fibrosis.

Summary of Degrees Conferred

Graduates of the 2016 UCD Medicine Conferring included:

ProgrammeNo. of Graduands
Medicine (MB BCh BAO) 230
BSc. Biomedical, Health & Life Sciences 1
Masters of Science (MSc) 7
Doctor of Medicine (MD) 6
Doctor of Philosphoy (PhD) 30
Doctor of Science (DSc) 1
Total Conferred  275

Honorary Degree

Distinguished UCD Medicine alumnus and former UCD Professor of Paediatrics at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Professor Conor Ward (UCD Medicine 1946) was conferred with a degree of Doctor of Science honoris causa.  The award was given in recognition of Prof Ward’s distinguished career as a paediatric cardiologist, a medical educator and a researcher.  Prof Ward led the development of cardiac surgery services for children and discovered a cardiac defect and successful intervention which now bears his name, the Ward-Romano syndrome.  The citation address was delivered by Prof Brendan Drumm, who succeeded Prof Ward as UCD Professor of Paediatrics with Prof Drumm’s own successor, Prof Owen Smith also among the conferring party. 

Prof Conor Ward Conferring 2016