Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
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|Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland|
|Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn|
(Scholarship and Dexterity)
|Established||11 February 1784|
|Professor Cathal J. Kelly
Professor Patrick Broe FRCSI
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), (Irish: Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn) is a Dublin-based medical institution, situated on St. Stephen's Green. The college is one of the five Recognised Colleges of the National University of Ireland. The college dates back to 1784 and at present incorporates schools of medicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy and nursing, providing both undergraduate and postgraduate levels of medical education.
Among medical institutions outside Ireland, the use of the term "Royal College" currently indicates an oversight body for postgraduate medical education. RCSI performs such a function, but it is unique among the four Royal Colleges of Surgeons (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and Royal College of Surgeons of England) in that 100 years after its establishment, an undergraduate medical school was founded and this is now Ireland’s largest medical school with over 3000 students from 60 countries. The RCSI is a sister institute of the Royal Surgical Colleges of the United Kingdom (London, Glasgow and Edinburgh).
Since medieval times, the practice of surgery was licensed by the Barber-Surgeons' Guild, also known at the time as the Guild of St. Mary Magdalene. The guild chapel was in Christchurch. Guild membership at that time was obtained by a 3 year apprenticeship followed by 2 years as a master. In fact the College of Surgeons maintained a mandatory period of apprenticeship to a qualified surgeon until 1828. In 1446, the Barber-Surgeons' guild was incorporated by royal decree of Henry VI, becoming the first medical corporation in the British Isles.
In 1765 Sylvester O'Halloran, a surgeon from Limerick, had proposed a College of Surgeons along the lines of the College de St. Cosme in Paris, which had been regulating French surgeons since it had been created by Royal Charter by Louis IX in 1255, to train and regulate surgeons. The Dublin Society of Surgeons’ was founded in 1780 at the Elephant public house on Essex street (now Parliament street). Trinity did not teach surgery as a subject until 1851, so Ireland was entirely without a school focused on surgery.
To have a separate organisation focused on providing standardised surgical education became one of the goals of the society and they lobbied for a Royal Charter, in 1781 presenting the lord lieutenant a petition to be incorporated separately from the barbers. The awaited charter was granted by King George III on 11 February 1784. The governing body, including the first President Samuel Croker-King and William Dease, first professor of surgery, met in the boardroom of the Rotunda Hospital for the first time on 2 March. Most importantly, admission or employment was not discriminated against on sectarian grounds. Two of its chief founders, Sylvester O’Halloran and William Dease as well as eleven out of its first 57 presidents were Catholic. The college also recognised the medical qualifications given by the Catholic university from 1856, which gave legitimacy to their diplomas.
The first candidate for examination was John Birch, in August 1784.
The current location, at the corner of York Street, was acquired in September 1805, with additional land at Glover’s Alley bought in 1809. It was previously an abandoned Quaker burial ground. The Duke of Bedford laid the first stone of the new building on St. Patrick’s Day, 1806 and building reached completion in March 1810.
A supplemental charter was granted by Queen Victoria in 1844, dividing medical graduates into Licentiates and Fellows. Initially, physicians were trained alongside surgeons. In 1886 these two disciplines were merged, and the medical school began operation. As a result of this historical legacy, graduates of medicine still receive Licentiate diplomas from the two Royal Colleges as well as now being awarded MB (Bachelor of Medicine) BCh (Bachelor of Surgery) and BAO (Bachelor of the Art of Obstetrics) degrees by the National University of Ireland.
Now defunct subjects taught include: Logic (1852–1862), Military Surgery (1851–1860), Botany (1792–1889) and Hygiene or Political Medicine (1841–1921, then united with chair of Medical Jurisprudence).
- School of Medicine (5 or 6 year programme, 4 year Graduate Entry Programme)
- School of Pharmacy
- School of Physiotherapy
- Faculty of Dentistry
- Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine
- Faculty of Radiologists
- Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery
For the medical programme, there are two main entry routes: a regular scheme for secondary school students, lasting 5 or 6 years (5 years plus 1 year of premedical basic sciences); and a graduate entry scheme lasting 4 years. Entry requirements differ depending on the country of origin. The general Irish Leaving Certificate score requirement is around 570 points. In the case of North American applicants with bachelor's degrees applying to the medical programme, MCAT scores, GPA and recommendations are used for evaluation. Similar applicants from Australia, for example, may use GAMSAT results.
Students at RCSI are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities that promote service in the community and cultural awareness. 80% of the student population is from outside the European Union, with a significant portion coming from North America, the Middle East and Asia. A complete list of current student societies and clubs can be found on the RCSI website.
The Students' Union (SU) is an annually elected body, consisting of 7 officers. The SU is the college's bridge between faculty and the student body and is invited to most meetings, ensuring that student voices are heard on a variety of topics. The SU works closely with the Student Council, which consists of class representatives from all classes at RCSI.
The Biological Society (BioSoc) is the official student society of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and claims to be the oldest student medical society in the world. The Widdess Lecture is one of their main annual events, where the Society invites an expert in their field (usually from outside of medicine) to speak to students and staff.
International aspects and operations
As a leading international medical institution, RCSI is active in all medically related sectors of education around the globe. During the South African Apartheid, for example, RCSI provided medical education to those that were discriminated against. In 2005, RCSI Dubai was founded and currently offers a master's programme in Healthcare Management.
In 2007 The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) in conjunction with Valentia Technologies, the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB), and the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) launched unique training initiative with the Emergency Medical Services Dubai Training Institute. The aim is to better patient care and improve response times within Dubai's emergency ambulance services.
In Malaysia, Penang Medical College became RCSI's far east "launching pad". Established in 1995, Malaysian medical students may choose to complete their pre-clinical studies at either UCD Dublin or RCSI.
Also in Malaysia, Perdana University-Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (PU-RCSI) was established in 2011. The programme will host up to 100 students per year on its 5 year undergraduate medical programme, the first cohort will graduate in 2016.
RCSI-Bahrain is a fully owned constituent university of RCSI and already has nearly 450 registered students. The first cohort commenced medical studies in October 2004 and graduates are entitled to an M.D. degree. In 2006 the Medical University of Bahrain established a new School of Nursing which took its first cohort of students in September 2006. Since 2009 students can also obtain the degrees conferred upon RCSI graduates from the National University of Ireland.
For students at the home institution of RCSI, options may be taken abroad as a result of collaborative agreements with other medical schools around the world. In 2007, these medical schools included Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, and Tufts University. There are also informal agreements with other institutions such as the Johns Hopkins University and Mayo Clinic.
More than 60 countries from each continent are represented in the RCSI student body.
- Pat O'Callaghan - Irish gold medallist at both the 1928 and 1932 Olympic Games.
- Professor Abraham Colles of Anatomy - the first person to characterize the injury that was later on known as Colles' fracture.
- Sir William Stokes - knighted for his contribution in the field of surgery.
- Sir William Wilde - Surgeon, Author and father of Oscar Wilde
- Ara Darzi, Baron Darzi of Denham - Professor of Surgery, Imperial College London and British Minister of Health, who is at the forefront of minimally invasive surgery research
- Ian Robertson - Former star of the Dublin gaelic football team
- Felipe Contepomi - Captain of Los Pumas and Toulon Rugby fly-half.
- Nada Haffadh - became Bahrain's first female minister when she was appointed Minister of Health in 2004
- Surgeon Captain Thomas Joseph Crean VC DSO (1873 to 1923). He later achieved the rank of Major.
- Karl Mullen Irish Rugby Union player and captain of the Grand Slam winning Irish team in 1948
- Major General Patrick Dignan - Director of Army Surgery for the British Army between 1973 and 1978.
- Wan Azizah Wan Ismail -Malaysian politician and president of Malaysian People's Justice Party.
Notable honorary fellows
- Benjamin Bell (1784)
- Percivall Pott (1788, posthumous)
- John Hunter (1790)
- John Abernethy, Astley Cooper, Antonio Scarpa, Samuel Thomas von Sömmerring (1821)
- Georges Cuvier (1831)
- Friedrich Tiedemann (1836)
- Benjamin Collins Brodie (1838)
- Richard Owen (1849)
- William Bowman (1867)
- Samuel Haughton (1873)
- Hermann von Helmholtz (1881)
- Louis Pasteur, Joseph Lister, Thomas Henry Huxley, James Paget, Thomas Spencer Wells (1886)
- John Eric Erichsen, Jonathan Hutchinson (1887)
- Thomas Heazle Parke (1889)
- John Shaw Billings, Hermann Snellen (1892)
- Thomas Joseph Crean (1902)
- Anthony Traill (1905)
- Henri Hartmann, Alfred Henry Keogh, Almoth Edward Wright (1906)
- William Macewen (1912)
- Berkley Moynihan (1913)
- Harvey Cushing (1918)
- Arthur William Patrick Albert (1919)
- William Mayo and Charles Mayo, William Williams Keen (1921)
- Alfred Webb-Johnson (1948)
- Cecil Pembrey Grey (1954)
- Seán T. O'Kelly (1958)
- Benjamin Guinness (1961)
- Éamon de Valera, Arthur Porritt (1964)
- Michael Ellis De Bakey (1967)
- Bryan Guinness, Walter Mackenzie (1968)
- Denis Parsons Burkitt, Francis Daniels Moore (1973)
- Cearbhall O'Dalaigh (1975)
- J. Hartwell Harrison, M.D. (1976)
- Patrick Hillery (1977)
- Robert B. Salter (1978)
- John W. Kirklin (1979)
- Daoud Hanania (1980)
- Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (1988)
- Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak (1991)
- Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad (1991)
- President Mary Robinson (1994)
- His Excellency the Emir Shaikh Isa bin Sulman Al Khalifa (1995)
- Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1995)
- President Nelson Mandela (1996)
- Professor Alfred Cuschieri (1996)
- Professor Seamus Heaney (1998)
- President Mary McAleese (1998)
- His Majesty, Sultan Azlan Shah The Yang Di Pertuan Agong IX (2000)
- His Highness, Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum (2004)
- Taoiseach Bertie Ahern (2006)
- Bob Geldof (2007)
- Former President of the United States Jimmy Carter (2007)
- Faculty of Dentistry of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
- Irish College of Ophthalmologists
- RCSI Institute of Leadership
- Royal College of Surgeons of England
- Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
- Perdana University-Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (PU-RCSI)
- RCSI Website; Main Page
- The Proposals for the Advancement of Surgery in Ireland.
- Entry Requirements for Applicants Entry Requirements for Applicants
- Irish Statute Book; The Royal College of Surgeons In Ireland (Charters Amendment) Act 2003
- RCSI Website; Student Life / Clubs Societies
- RCSI Website; About the College
- RCSI Website
- RCSI Library collections
- e-publications@RCSI, the RCSI institutional repository
- Beaumont Hospital
- RCSI TV
- RCSI Dubai
- RCSI Medical University of Bahrain
- RCSI Students' Union
- Penang Medical College
- RCSI Surgical Society
- RCSI Student Medical Journal (RCSIsmj)