New Life in Historic Mater Theatres
The historic Mater Misericordiae University Hospital operating theatres and adjacent wards have been deployed to good effect over the past twelve months to host several clinical skills training course and examinations. The facilities were used recently for two Coloproctology Surgical Skills training courses organised under the auspices of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain & Ireland (ACPGBI) and the European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP).
The European Society of Coloproctology meeting took place in September 2015 and saw 30 senior surgeons from 28 different countries assemble in the former High Dependency Unit of the North Dublin hospital for intensive, immersive 3-D imaging enhanced surgical skills training. A second event from 20th – 21st May 2016 under the auspices of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain & Ireland welcomed 17 surgical registrars from across Ireland to the emerging academic hub and to the Catherine McAuley Education & Research Centre.
Both events, pitched at both senior trainees and established consultants, featured many talks from experts in the field of coloproctology. The meeting aims to investigate the historical aspects of complex surgery (namely ileo-anal pouch surgery and total mesorectal excision). The May meeting featured presents delivered by the two of the most eminent surgeons in the UK; Professor John Nicholls and Professor Bill Heald and were complemented by emerging leaders in their field, including Dr Jeremy Nightingale, Mr Ciaran Walsh, Professor John Hyland, Professor Ronan Cahil, Mr Jurgen Mulsow amongst others. The advanced surgical skills training was facilitated by Professor Christoph Isbert, Professor of Surgery and Chief, Dept. of General Surgery, Visceral Surgery and Coloproctology, Ev. Amalie Sieveking-Krankenhaus gGmbH, Academic Teaching Hospital University Hamburg.
We are delighted to witness the continued revitalisation of the historic Mater Hospital complex which was decommissioned from routine clinical service following the opening of the new Whitty Building. The Hospital and University envisage a sophisticated academic hub development which supports the continuum of clinical education and training from undergraduate through specialist postgraduate levels.