2018 UCD Medicine Conferring Dinner
A large crowd of new graduates from the UCD Medicine Classes of 2018 and their supporters gathered with staff and our clinical colleagues at UCD O’Reilly Hall on the evening of Thursday 7th June 2018 for the 2018 UCD Medicine Conferring Dinner. This black-tie event is designed to celebrate student achievement in each of our four undergraduate degree programmes (Medicine, Graduate Entry Medicine, Radiography and Biomedical, Health & Life Sciences) and the completion of their studies. Student medals and staff awards were presented by the Dean of Medicine & Head of School, Prof Patrick Murray who hosted the evening, the final UCD Medicine Conferring Dinner of his 5-year term.
In attendance were College Principal, Professor Cecily Kelleher, former Deans of Medicine, Professor Ronnie O’Regan and Professor Muiris X FitzGerald as well as UCD Medicine alumnus and former UCD Registrar, Professor Philip Nolan, currently President at Maynooth University. Prof Nolan’s daughter Rachel was among the graduating Medicine Class of 2018. In addition to representatives of our clinical training partners and our extended academic clinical faculty, we were delighted to welcome Guest of Honour, Dr Rhona Mahony.
The Dean of Medicine, Prof Murray presented the School’s Honorary Fellowship award to Dr Rhona Mahony (UCD Medicine 1994), Master at the National Maternity Hospital. The UCD Medicine Honorary Fellowship is the highest award that the School can bestow and was given to Dr Mahony in recognition of our outstanding leadership of the National Maternity Hospital over the past seven years. In accepting the award, Dr Mahony paid tribute to her many mentors throughout her own career and congratulated the graduating class as she welcomed them to the Medical profession. Dr Mahony has become something of a leadership role model for many young medical students with her warm patient-focus and courageous pursuit of excellence in healthcare.
Student of the Year Awards
Student of the Year Awards were presented by Professor Bill Watson (BHLS), Associate Professor Stuart Bund (Physiology), Associate Professor Jonathan McNulty (Radiography) and by Prof Fionnuala McAuliffe (Medicine), President of the UCD Medical Graduates Association.
|Programme||Student of the Year|
|Medicine||Dr Patrick Short|
|Biomedical, Health & Life Sciences||
Jeremiah Nolan & Roslyn Colgan (ex-aequo)
Medicine Medals & Awards
College Principal, Professor Cecily Kelleher presented a number of prizes from the Medicine programme including:
|Medal or Prize||Recipient|
|1941 Medal||Dr Dora Gorman|
|Aongus J Curran Medal in Otolaryngology||Dr Kyle Smothers|
|Brian McGovern Perpetual Medal||Dr Niamh Conlon|
|Colman Saunders Medal||Dr Laura Mannion|
|D.K. O'Donovan Medal in Medicine||Dr Andrew Griffin|
|Geoffrey J. Bourke Medal||Dr Michael Gilligan|
|John McGrath Memorial Medal in Forensic & Legal Medicine||Dr Maura Hannon|
|Kieran O'Driscoll Prize||Dr Calvin Flynn|
|Kirwan Medal||Dr Aoife Smyth|
|Paediatrics Medal||Dr Dora Gorman|
|Prof Niall O'Higgins Medal for Surgery||Dr Calvin Flynn|
|Sean Malone Medal in Psychiatry||Dr Sarah Devlin|
|Surgeon Boyle Kennedy Medal||Dr Calvin Flynn|
|Eimear Walsh Memorial Medal||Dr Jennifer Britton|
|Lorcan Miller Memorial Medal||Dr Jennifer Britton|
The Eimear Walsh and Lorcán Miller Memorial Medals were presented at the UCD Medicine Conferring to Dr Jennifer Britton by members of the Walsh and Miller families.
Professor Kelleher also presented several medals to graduates of the undergraduate Radiography degree programme including:
|Kate Matthews Medal||Ciara Crofton & Nicola Cleary (ex-aequo)|
|O'Farrell Medal||Maria Malone|
|Philips Medal||Andrea Burke|
|Deirdre Conroy Medal||Killian Lavelle & Ciara Skelton (ex-aequo)|
Prof Kelleher also presented a number of staff awards to members of our teaching faculty and academic support staff including:
|Medicine (Pre-Clinical) Teacher of the Year||Dr Koon-Meng Chan & Dr Peter Holloway|
|Medicine (Clinical) Teacher of the Year||Dr Paul Rush & Prof Gerard McEntee|
|BHLS Teacher of the Year||Dr Antoinette Perry|
|Radiography Teacher of the Year||Ms Marion Maher|
|Physiology Teacher of the Year||Dr Eoin Cummins|
|Technical Staff Award||Dr David Crampton|
|Administrative Staff Award||Mr Steven Masterton|
We offer our congratulations to our honorary fellow, Dr Rhona Mahony, to the graduating classes of 2018 and to the various recipients of student and staff awards. Our sincere thanks to the Health Sciences Programme Office on their organisation of the event and to all who participated.
A selection of photographs from the event are available on the School’s Flickr account (here). High resolution copies can be downloaded for personal, non-commercial use.