53 new adjunct appointments and 22 promotions under 2019/2020 UCD Medicine Clinical Pathway initiative
2020/2021 Clinical Pathway will open for applications in December 2020
The School has announced details of first time appointments, re-appointments and promotions under the 2019/2020 UCD Medicine Clinical Pathway initiative. 53 first time appointments were made and 32 promotion applications were considered from a total of 93 applications.
The UCD Medicine Clinical Pathway is designed to recognise clinicians from across our clinical training network who support our research and teaching programmes despite not having any protected academic time. They bring invaluable skills, expertise and reputational benefit to both the School and the University and ensure that our academic programmes are informed by the current practise of medicine.
Assessment of Applications
A total of 93 applications were received from hospital consultants, senior radiographers and advanced paramedics from over 25 different clinical locations. Applicants were required to present evidence of their contributions to UCD academic programmes and university outputs in three principle domains:
- Research & Scholarship
- Teaching & Learning
- Clinical Leadership
Applications were evaluated by the School’s academic Section Leaders before being considered by the Review Panel comprising senior academic staff from across the School and from two other Irish Medical Schools. Thirty two first time applicants were appointed as UCD Assistant Clinical Professors and a further 20 as UCD Associate Clinical Professors.
Of the 32 promotion applications, twenty two previous appointees were promoted to higher academic ranks including two individuals who advanced by two ranks based on the assessment of the Review Panel. Successful promotion applications included:
- 9 UCD Assistant Clinical Professor to UCD Associate Clinical Professor
- 2 UCD Assistant Clinical Professor to UCD Clinical Professor
- 8 UCD Associate Clinical Professor to UCD Clinical Professor
- 3 UCD Clinical Professor to UCD Full Clinical Professor
Consistent with the University adjunct appointments procedures, all appointments made under the UCD Medicine Clinical Pathway are for a period of 5 years, although they may be renewed on application. The Review Panel considered nine such re-appointment requests and deemed that each provided sufficient evidence of continued contribution to merit re-appointment under the scheme for another five year term. The output of one individual was deemed sufficient to merit advancement from UCD Clinical Professor to UCD Full Clinical Professor.
UCD Full Clinical Professors
Prof Kenneth McDonald
The Review Panel recommended the promotion of Prof Kenneth McDonald, Consultant Cardiologist at St Vincent’s University Hospital, to the academic rank of UCD Full Clinical Professor in recognition of his very strong research performance for many years. The Review Panel noted that Prof McDonald is a global leader in his field and his research has led to change in clinical practice in the treatment of heart failure. First appointed to the pathway in 2008, Prof McDonald advanced to UCD Clinical Professor in 2013 before his most recent promotion to the highest academic rank.
Prof Aurélie Fabre
Noting her very strong performance across all domains and her active collaboration with UCD Pathology, the Review Panel recommended the promotion of Prof Aurélie Fabre, consultant histopathologist at St Vincent’s University Hospital, to UCD Full Clinical Professor. The Review Panel commended her active assistance in setting up the histology core facility at the UCD Conway Institute, an essential resource for clinical translational research and for her strong teaching contribution. They also highlighted her strong international profile, in particular her prominent role in Pathology Societies in both Ireland and the United Kingdom. First appointed to the UCD Medicine Clinical Pathway in 2010, she was twice successful in promotion applications (2014 and 2016).
Prof Glen Doherty
Consultant Gastroenterologist at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Prof Glen Doherty as also recommended for promotion to the highest academic rank, UCD Full Clinical Professor. Noting very strong research output and active supervision of both PhD and MD students, significant research grant funding and publications, the Review Panel also highlighted his national and international profile and his clinical leadership as HSE Endoscopy Lead. Prof Doherty was first appointed to the UCD Medicine Clinical Pathway in 2011 and has previously been promoted in 2014.
Prof Kevin Walsh,
Prof Kevin Walsh, Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist, CHI at Crumlin, was also promoted to UCD Full Clinical Professor. Although his application was for re-appointment at the rank of UCD Clinical Professor, the Review Panel considered his academic record merited promotion when compared with other appointees. The Review Panel noted Prof Walsh’s very strong research output and described him as “an incredible innovator in paediatric cardiology with a very strong international profile”. Prof Walsh’s pro bono work in Vietnam was also commended. First appointed in 2012 as UCD Senior Clinical Lecturer, Prof Walsh was promoted to UCD Clinical Professor in 2014 before this promotion to the top academic rank.
Both Prof Séan Gaine (Consultant in Respiratory Medicine at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital) and Prof Brian Kirby (Consultant Dermatologist at St Vincent’s University Hospital) were re-appointed at the rank of UCD Full Clinical Professor for another term.
In total, the UCD Medicine Clinical Pathway 2019/2020 has resulted in the appointment, reappointment, or promotion of:
- 37 UCD Assistant Clinical Professors
- 36 UCD Associate Clinical Professors
- 12 UCD Clinical Professors
- 6 UCD Full Clinical Professors
- 1 UCD Adjunct Professor
First introduced in 2008/2009, the UCD Medicine Clinical Pathway aims to recognise the many hospital consultants, general practitioners, radiographers, advanced paramedics and other clinical staff who support our teaching and/or research programmes. It has proven highly popular among our extended clinical faculty with over 1,200 applications received across the past twelve years of the scheme and a total of 820 appointments.
Although the scheme opened for applications in December 2019, the review process was considerably delayed as our clinical staff first prioritised the national Covid-19 pandemic response and thereafter the knock-on effects of the subsequent public health restrictions on our teaching programmes. We apologise for the delay in the conclusion of the 2019/2020 scheme.
The School extends our thanks to our entire clinical faculty who generously support our programmes, often without any dedicate academic time. We hope that through adjunct appointment to the School and progression within the UCD Medicine Clinical Pathway, we can support their continued contribution and welcome to our academic community. We also send our appreciation to the academic and administrative staff who have supported the scheme during a challenging time.
For a full list of the adjunct clinical faculty appointed to date under the UCD Medicine Clinical Pathway, please visit https://www.ucd.ie/medicine/
The UCD Medicine Clinical Pathway 2020/2021 will open for applications in December 2020.
For further information, please see https://www.ucd.ie/medicine/ourcommunity/ourstaff/ouradjunctstaff/ucdclinicalpathway/