St Luke's Symposium: The Challenges for Medical Training in the Irish Health Service

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The Challenges for Medical Training in the Irish Health Service

Date: Friday, 16 October 2020 
Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Venue: Online event

This event will delve into the medical training challenges in the Irish Health Service. Expert speakers will share their thoughts and debate on the challenges and opportunities in medicine, looking at generalism versus specialism; a topic that has been at the heart of training issues and one which has come into greater focus in a COVID-19 era. The challenges for NCHDs in accessing training will also be discussed.

Speakers and Topics

Chaired by Professor Anthony O'Regan, Dean of the Institute of Medicine, RCPI

"Generalism in Ireland: Is it an out-dated concept?" delivered by Prof Anthony O'Connor and Dr Laura Durcan

"Service and Training: Non-training scheme doctors in Ireland" delivered by Prof Frank Murray

"The challenges for medical training in a model 3 hospital in Ireland" delivered by Prof Cathy McHugh

"Lessons from the International Medical Graduate Training Initiative: Professional and Cultural Assimilation" delivered by Dr Connor Woods

"Working in Ireland as a non-training scheme doctor: A personal perspective" delivered by Dr Hassan Muzzamil


This event is a benefit of your Membership and Fellowship and is FREE for RCPI Trainees, Licentiates, Members and Fellows, and healthcare professionals.

Meet the speakers

Prof Anthony O'Connor, Clinical Associate Professor in Gastroenterology at Trinity College Dublin and Consultant Gastroenterologist at Tallaght University Hospital

Dr Laura Durcan, 

Consultant Rheumatologist and Physician at Beaumont Hospital and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.

Prof Frank Murray MD, Director, National Doctors Training and Planning at the HSE and past RCPI President

Prof Cathy McHugh, Consultant Endocrinologist, Clinical lead for Diabetes and Endocrinology, and Lead Physician in the Specialist Eating Disorder Unit at Sligo University Hospital

Dr Conor Woods, Consultant, Naas General Hospital

Dr Hassan Muzzamil, Locum, Consultant Physician, Mullingar Regional Hospital

How to watch

First, you must book your place at the webinar on this web page. On the day, you must sign into our virtual learning environment RCPI Brightspace.

On the day of the event, the steps are:

  • Log in to with your username and password (the same credentials used to book this event)
  • Click on the link for RCPI Brightspace
  • In your list of courses you will see St Luke's Symposium: The Challenges for Medical Training in the Irish Health Service . Click on this.
  • Click on "Join the Live Webinar" - This will launch Zoom, the system we are using for live webinars

Note, the webinar will only become available to watch at 2pm on the day, but we recommend logging in ten minutes ahead of time.

To join this webinar on Zoom you will need a computer (Windows or Apple) or mobile device with internet access and speakers.

If you're joining on a computer

If you're joining the webinar on a computer you can use the Zoom desktop website. You do not need to download the Zoom app - if you see a pop up message about the app, you can dismiss this.

The Zoom website functions best on Google Chrome.

When you click on the link for "Join the Live Webinar" you will see a message asking you to open Zoom. Click on “Open Zoom”.

You will then be asked for your name and email address. Once you’ve entered these details, click on “Join Webinar”.

If you’re joining on a mobile device

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Click here for the iOS Zoom app

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When you open the Zoom app click on “Join a Meeting”. You will need to enter the meeting ID number. The ID number for this week's event will be sent to you via email beforehand.

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How to submit questions to the panel

Before the event

If you have any questions for our panel please email them to and we will endeavour to have these answered as part of the event. Alternatively, you can submit questions via Twitter @RCPI_news.


During the event

We are now using Zoom to broadcast our live webinars. When you open Zoom to watch the live webinar you will be able to submit questions to the panel during the event.

To submit questions to the panel:

• Open the Q&A window in Zoom while you are watching the live event

• Type your question into the Q&A box and click Send

• Check Send Anonymously if you do not want your name attached to your question in the Q&A

It may not be possible to answer all questions we receive.

Can't attend? Recordings will be available to watch online afterwards

There are limited places available for the live webinar. If you are unable to book a place, you will be able to watch videos of all of the talks on Panopto, our video sharing platform.

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