Training in general internal medicine

By Reporter - 18th Jan 2023 | 77 views

A global perspective on general internal medicine (GIM) is to be offered at the Institute of Medicine Winter Symposium

The RCPI Institute of Medicine Winter Symposium (IOM) takes place on Thursday 26 January at No. 6 Kildare St and online.

The event will feature a host of leading experts in internal medicine and medical training from around the world, including: Prof Mike Jones (UK); Dr Adrienne Zandbergen (the Netherlands); and Prof Subha Ramani (USA). It will also feature talks from Dr Emer Kelly, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, and Dr Paul O’Hara, Portiuncula University Hospital, Galway. Prof Anthony O’Connor, Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin, will provide an update on OPTIMISE (Optimisation and Progression of Training in Internal Medicine – In Search of Excellence).

The full programme is available here.

Prof Anthony O’Regan, Dean of the Institute of Medicine, RCPI, says GIM is a crucial part of patient care.

“GIM is the foundation of care for all physicians which is why we have dedicated our symposium to this often-underrepresented area of medicine,” says Prof O’Regan.

“General medical skills are critical to care of the evolving population healthcare needs in Ireland. We’ve taken this opportunity to look at our training in those skills to ensure the workforce of the future will be fully equipped.

“We are in the process of reviewing GIM training as part of the OPTIMISE project and the Winter Symposium is a fantastic opportunity for participants to actively engage with these discussions to restructure training in internal medicine in Ireland. It’s an opportunity to hear about one of the biggest programmatic reviews of training we’ve taken on at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

“The symposium will delve into the foundations of training and how those foundations develop. More specifically, it will enable participants to feedback into the discussion on internal medicine skills, linking with international experts.”

The IOM Winter Symposium will be co-chaired by Prof Edward McKone, Director of Education and Training, IOM Board, and Prof Anthony O’Connor, Clinical lead for OPTIMISE.

Prof McKone is eager to see participants attend in person to get the most out of the symposium and build valuable connections.

“We are very lucky to have international experts, from Europe, the UK and the US, attending this event face-to-face, coming to guide us on what they have done and particularly the barriers and challenges they’ve experienced over the years,” says Prof McKone.

“I would encourage anyone who can, to attend in person. This is a unique opportunity to chat with our experts, to understand the challenges and re-imagine the opportunities for GIM education in Ireland.”
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