Congratulating the Class of 2010
Congratulations to the graduates of our medicine programmes who were awarded their degrees on 3rd June 2010. In total 182 undergraduate students from our 4, 5 and 6-year programmes were awarded MB BCh BAO degrees by the President at a graduation ceremony in O’Reilly Hall. The graduating class are the first cohort to have completed a fully modularised curriculum and also includes a cohort of students who completed our first graduate entry medicine programme.
At the traditional UCD Medicine Gala Dinner, individual achievement and academic excellence was recognised with a range of prizes and medals including student-nominated awards.
The School awarded prizes to the students at its annual Gala dinner on the evening of June 3.
- For her achievement as first overall in the class, Dr. Laura Brown received the 1941 medal for first place overall; she also received the DK O’Donovan Medal for first place in the subject of Medicine, and the Surgeon Hugh Boyle Kennedy Medal for first place in Surgery.
- Dr. Laura Brown shared the Brain McGovern Medal (for first place in Medicine in the Resident year) with Drs. Eoin Mulroy and Conor Fearon.
- Dr. Mulroy was the inaugural winner of the William Wilde medal in Otorhinolaryngology.
- Dr. Margaret Lee was awarded the Sean Malone Medal in Psychiatry.
- Dr Joseph McGrane Medical student of the year award.
- Ms Catriona Quinn the Radiography student of the year award.
- Ms Sarah Carroll the Biomedical Health and Life Sciences student of the year award.
Congratulations also to the 13 students who completed UCD’s first accelerated programme of study and graduated from our inaugural 4 year course. These students will maintain this trail-blazing role as they embark upon the new National Intern Training Programme and many will continue to participate in UCD-led clinical training at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, St Vincent’s University Hospital and the Midlands Regional Hospitals in Tullamore, Portlaoise and Mullingar.
The UCD Medicine Gala Dinner marks the conclusion of another successful year and as student commence their careers in Medicine, Radiography and Science, our academic staff begin preparations for the next student intake. The success of the Class of 2010 spur our staff on as they review teaching materials, reflect on feedback from students, colleagues and external examiners to deliver innovative, high quality programmes.
One of the highest accolades of the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences is the Fitzgerald Medal. This medal honours brothers Patrick, Oliver and Gerald FitzGerald, all distinguished graduates of the Medical School; Patrick and Oliver were former professors of surgery and therapeutics respectively.
The medal is given occasionally to a physician with a distinguished career in biomedical scientific research conducted mainly in Ireland. There have been only 2 prior recipients (Prof Ciaran McCarthy and Prof Eoin O’Malley). This year the School awarded the Fitzgerald medal to Professor Barry Bresnihan.
Professor Bresnihan was a graduate of the class of 1968. After postgraduate training in London and Dallas, he was appointed consultant rheumatologist at St. Vincent’s Hospital in 1978 and from then developed and led an internationally recognized investigative group in inflammatory arthritis and connective tissue diseases while delivering first rate clinical care and training many young physicians and investigators in Rheumatology, including his colleagues, Prof Oliver Fitzgerald and Prof. Doug Veale.
Teachers of the Year
One of the highlights of the annual Gala dinner is the recognition of the teachers of the year. The teachers of the year are voted by students at each stage and are recognized by the students by virtue of their dedication to their subject and the energy and enthusiasm they show.
This years the teachers recognised were:
- Dr. Mark McEntee
- Mr Jonathan McNulty
- Ms Marie-Louise Butler
- Dr. Jason Last
- Prof Cormac Taylor
- Dr. Stuart Bund
- Dr. John Moynihan
- Dr. Philip Nolan
- Dr. Blaithin McMahon
- Prof Aonghus Curran
- Dr. Niamh Bambury
- Dr. John Ryan
- Mr Gerry McEntee
- Prof Donal O’Shea
- Dr. John Seery
- Medicine Teacher of the Year: Dr. Koon Meng Chan