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RCSI Honorary Fellowship to be awarded to Roddy Doyle

RCSI 2022 Charter Meeting to look across the career span of a surgeon

Honorary Fellowship to be awarded to Roddy Doyle

The 2022 Charter Meeting takes place today at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, marking the annual celebration of the granting of the Royal Charter to the College in 1784. Usually held in the month of February, this year’s meeting was delayed due to COVID-19. This Charter Meeting is the first to include in-person sessions since the pandemic began.

The overall theme of this year’s meeting is ‘The Career of the Surgeon’, framed by key sessions such as ‘So you want to be a surgeon’ for medical students, a symposium on the ‘New shape of a surgical career’ and a discussion on the ‘Late career Surgeon’.

Several awards will be presented as part of the meeting, including the RCSI PROGESS Women in Surgery Fellowship.

Key highlights include:

  • ‘Thinking about the unthinkable: planning for a mass casualty incident’ – exploring a whole system approach to mass casualty planning, with panel discussion chaired by Professor Ken Boffard
  • ‘Artificial intelligence: the next surgical revolution?’ – this year’s Johnson & Johnson Lecture delivered by Ozanan Ricardo Meireles, MD, co-founder and director of the Surgical Artificial Intelligence and Innovation Laboratory
  • ‘Publish or perish: impact, equality, access’ – keynote by JAMA Surgery Editor in Chief, Prof Melina R. Kibbe
  • ‘Innovating surgery into the 21st century with industry’, with a panel of experts from the surgical technology and medical robotics industry  
  • The 97th Abraham Colles Lecture ‘Examining the Root Causes of Surgical Complications Through the Lens of the Microbiome‘, delivered by Professor John C Alverdy MD FACS

This evening, Honorary Fellowships will be awarded to:

  • Mr Roddy Doyle, acclaimed Irish novelist and screenwriter, and co-founder of Fighting Words
  • Professor Derek Alderson, Emeritus Professor of Surgery, University of Birmingham, Editor-in-Chief BJS Open, Past President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCSEng)
  • Professor Trevor McGill, Department of Otolaryngology Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital, USA
  • Professor Stanley Goldberg, Clinical Professor of Surgery, University of Minnesota, USA

RCSI President Professor P. Ronan O’Connell commented: “I am delighted to welcome so many colleagues and external faculty who are contributing to the outstanding programme at this year’s Charter Meeting. Last year, our meeting was entirely online, with the theme ‘Charter goes Global’. This year, we come together both virtually and in person to consider and reflect on surgery as a career and life choice, as well as focusing on transformation and improvement of surgical care for patients, which is of course remains at the centre of all that we do.”

“In particular, it gives me great pleasure to award Honorary Fellowships to four individuals who have made significant contributions to the science and practice of surgery and society as a whole, Mr Roddy Doyle, Professor Derek Alderson, Professor Trevor McGill and Professor Stanley Goldberg.”

The full programme is available here.

Founded as the national training body for surgery in Ireland, RCSI has been at the forefront of healthcare education and research since 1784. Today, RCSI is an innovative, world-leading international health sciences university and the professional training body for surgery in Ireland.

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