October 2012

UCD Medical Students Win Jack Flanagan Medal in Gerontology

Mon, 22 October 12 09:00

[L-R]: Dr Shaun O'Keeffe, Consultant (Geriatrics) NUI Galway, Aileen Egan, Ciaran Foley, Sinead Farrell, Andrew Crowe, Professor David Williams, Associate Professor in Geriatric Medicine, RCSI

A team of four UCD Medicine students fought off strong competition from their counterparts in other Irish medical schools to take the Jack Flanagan Medal in Gerontology. The competition is named after Ireland’s first geriatrician, Dr Jack Flanagan who was the first doctor in Ireland to specialise in modern day geriatric medicine.

The winners were Aileen Egan, Ciaran Foley, Sinead Farrell and Andrew Crowe. The competition took place on 18th October at National University of Ireland Galway and was held in conjunction with Dublin Ageing Research Network (DARN). They beat off strong competition from RCSI, University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick and National University of Ireland Galway.

The competition is an inter-varsity contest in which teams of four students from each medical school are challenged on their knowledge of the medical and psychiatric problems associated with ageing. The format recreates a clinical-pathological conference: competitors are given a case to review and have 60 minutes to formulate a care plan and diagnosis for the patient.

Each team presents their findings in a 8 minute PowerPoint presentation and is questioned by a three member-judging panel.  The competitors are judged on their knowledge of the medical and psychiatric problems associated with ageing. 

Dr Lorraine Kyne, Consultant Physician in Medicine for the Older Person, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and Senior Lecturer at UCD said:

"This is a highly competititive event. The standard was exceptionally high and our students' success in this year's competition is a reflection of the hard work and dedication that the team applied to the task. All of us who worked with Aileen, Ciaran, Sinead and Andrew are very proud of them - they each have bright futures ahead of them."