December 2019 | Nollaig 2019

UCD Intern Career Advice Day

Mon, 16 December 19 11:01

The UCD Intern Career Advice Day was held on Saturday 9th November 2019 in the Catherine McAuley Education & Research Centre, Nelson Street, Dublin 7. Over 95 UCD interns attended keynote talks and practice interviews to better prepare for their upcoming BST applications in 2020 and benefitted from career advice and mentoring from our dedicated team of UCD Academics and associated colleagues. UCD interns upon successful completion of their CPD Intern Training Programme can progress onto a Basic Specialist Training Scheme.

This year we were delighted to welcome representatives from the Military Medicine Scheme to deliver a talk titled ‘A Life Less Ordinary’.

In addition, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our UCD & partner hospital Lead Academics who delivered a series of key talks in Career Progression and Practice Interviews. This year we were delighted to welcome our Postgraduate Training Bodies RCPI, ICGP who provided advice on their respective application processes and one-on-one advice regarding pathway progression throughout their scheme.

The programme included:

RAMI Abstracts

Associate Professor Dermot Power, UCD Intern Coordinator, UCD Intern Network delivered a presentation on the RAMI Intern Study Day which will be held on February 01, 2020.  Areas covered were the benefits of RAMI membership such as online access token to the Irish Journal of Medical Science and abstracts published online in the Ir. J. Med Sci. appearing on PubMed, Abstract sponsorship privileges at section meeting, Symposium attendance privileges.  The right to vote in annual elections of RAMI officers and councillors, information through RAMI website service. 

Free online access to IJMS, Eligibility for various RAMI-sponsored prizes and awards, RAMI Certificate and CME credits are available for attendance at RAMI meetings.  Abstracts are invited from interns across all Intern Training Networks and presentations will consist of both oral and poster presentations with an award of the RAMI Bronze Medal.

BST Lead Team

Q&A Sessions from both the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) and the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP).

Surgical Training Pathway

Professor Oscar Traynor, Director, National Surgical Training Centre, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).

Key Talks on Career Pathway

  • Dr Patrick Kelly and Capt Dr Lisa McNamee, GP Trainer, Military Medicine Scheme
  • Professor Donal Buggy, Professor of Anaesthesia, Mater Hospital
  • Associate Professor Eoin Kavanagh, Consultant Radiologist, Mater Hospital
  • Dr Adrian Moughty, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Mater Hospital
  • Associate Professor Ann Brannigan, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Mater Hospital
  • Associate Professor Mary Higgins, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, National Maternity Hospital
  • Dr Tadg Lehane, General Practitioner, North Dublin City GP Training Programme
  • Associate Professor Aoibhinn Lynch, Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry, Mater Hospital
  • Professor Padraic MacMathuna, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Mater Hospital
  • Dr Rosina McGovern, Consultant Paediatrician, The Children’s Hospital, Temple Street

Session on UCD Self Care & Stress Management Resource

Professor Allys Guerandel, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, St Vincent’s Hospital delivered a session on the UCD Self-Care & Stress Management e-learning resource.  The transition from medical student to doctor is well recognised as challenging, and linked with increased stress. This year, an eLearning unit to assist interns to successfully navigate this transition was launched by the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health Research SVUH/UCD. The unit is available to the UCD Intern group. It aims to improve well-being in interns by helping them to understand, recognise and manage stress. Interns and medical students have been actively involved in the design and development of this unit. Dr Stuart Kinane and Dr Simon Sharpe, UCD/SVUH Interns, delivered an information session that aimed to introduce the eLearning unit to the intern group, and introduce some of the topics contained within it.

Practice Interviews and Q&A Session

UCD & Hospital colleagues conducted practice a series of practice interviews were held to prepare UCD interns for BST interviews in Anaesthesia (SAT Year 1 & 2), Core Specialty Training in Emergency Medicine CSTEM (1-3), General Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Core Surgical Training ST1 – ST2, Common Stem Pathway (Radiology), General Practice, Psychiatry & Histopathology.

An Anaesthesia Q&A was delivered covering the marking scheme in areas such as undergraduate education, postgraduate exams, postgraduate experience, academic achievement in relation to anaesthesiology/intensive care medicine and pain medicine.

Interns applying for the general medicine scheme were informally assessed using the RCPI short listing criteria including assessment on degree awarded, research and qualifications, clinical acumen, enthusiasm/awards/achievements and general suitability.

Interns applying for the general practitioner scheme were given one-on-one advice on the interviews which are standardised throughout the country with a pre-agreed template. Interviews are based on the Core Competencies of General Practice.

Interns applying for the Core Surgical Training ST1 – ST2 were marked using a four multisource/multi station process including clinical judgement, interpersonal skills, professional development and suitability for specialty training. Interns were advised that two additional multi stations encompassing undergraduate academic record is pre-marked ahead of interview and surgical aptitude are pre-marked from online tests. A peg test component was not covered during this event.

Our thanks to the following staff who conducted the practice interviews or assisted with the event logistics:


  • Professor Donal Buggy, Professor of Anaesthesia, Mater Hospital
  • Dr Ruth Boylan, SpR in Anaesthesia, St Vincent’s Hospital

Emergency Medicine

  • Dr Adrian Moughty, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Mater Hospital

General Practice

  • Dr Cathy Kelly, Programme Director, ICGP
  • Dr Tadg Lehane, General Practitioner


  • Associate Professor Niall Mulligan, Associate Clinical Professor, Mater Hospital
  • Dr Melinda Halasz, UCD Lecturer in Pathology & Consultant Pathologist, Mater Hospital


  • Professor Padraic MacMathuna Consultant Gastroenterologist, Mater Hospital

Medicine for the Elderly

  • Dr Liz Callaly, Consultant Geriatrician, Mater Hospital

Internal Medicine

  • Dr Rizwan Uddin, Consultant in Internal Medicine, Beacon Hospital

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

  • Associate Professor Mary Higgins, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, National Maternity Hospital, Holles St
  • Professor Grainne Flannelly, UCD Clinical Professor and Consultant Gynaecologist, National Maternity Hospital, Holles St


  • Dr Rosina McGovern, UCD Paediatrics Tutor, Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street
  • Dr Suzanne Slattery UCD Paediatrics Tutor, Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street


  • Associate Professor Aoibhinn Lynch, Dean, College of Psychiatrists, UCD Associate Clinical Professor, Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry, Mater Hospital
  • Associate Professor John Sheehan, UCD Associate Clinical Professor, Consultant in Liaison & Perinatal Psychiatry, Mater Hospital


  • Associate Professor Eoin Kavanagh, UCD Associate Clinical Professor, Consultant Radiologist, Mater Hospital


  • Ms Reem Salman, Consultant General & Breast Surgeon, Mater Private Hospital, Dublin
  • Professor John O’Byrne, Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon, National Orthopaedic Hospital, Cappagh
  • Professor Oscar Traynor, Director, National Surgical Training Centre, RCSI
  • Associate Professor Ann Brannigan, UCD Associate Clinical Professor, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Mater Hospital 

In addition a special thank you to Dr Colm Byrne, Consultant Geriatrician, RCSI, Dr Karen Dennehy, SpR in Palliative Medicine, St Francis Hospice, Blanchardstown, Dr Catherine Foley, Consultant Dermatologist, St Vincent’s Hospital, Associate Professor Catherine McGorrian, Consultant Cardiologist, Mater Hospital, Professor Donal O’Shea, Consultant Endocrinologist, St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin, Professor Alan Watson, UCD Clinical Professor, St Vincent’s Hospital.

A separate career evening was held on November 12 for the Ophthalmology scheme. A special thank you to Mr David Keegan, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, and Ms Yvonne Delaney, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Mater Hospital.

Our sincere thanks to Associate Professor Dermot Power and Ms Sinéad Clery for organising this very successful event.  Thanks also to Ms Brenda Moran, Ms Aisling O Keefe and Ms Áine Summerville.