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Surgeons gather for RCSI Millin meeting

The meeting will address outcomes reporting and data-driven surgery; supporting doctors in complex working and training environments and new models of service delivery and workforce planning.

Commenting on the meeting, RCSI President Mr Declan J. Magee said: “As a profession, surgeons have always aspired to optimal performance and best behaviour. However, nowadays, we must show both evidence that this is so and take measures to minimise the occurrence and impact of situations where it is not. The Millin meeting will address these issues by highlighting issues affecting the surgical profession today and seek solutions to these current challenges.”

Mr Michael O’Leary, Chief Executive of Ryanair will give the 24th Carmichael Lecture. His lecture is entitled ‘Ryanair, Always Getting Better’.

As part of the day’s proceedings, the Department of Surgical Affairs will launch ‘RCSI VR (Virtual Reality) Hospital’. ‘VR Hospital’ is a suite of learning environments that exist in the virtual world and will be used to train surgical trainees.

In his opening address, Mr Magee commented: “RCSI VR Hospital is the next phase of simulation learning and brings ‘gamification’ even further into the learning environment. We are continually looking at ways to enhance the learning experience of our students and trainees by providing them with realistic simulations of life and death situations.”

A number of medals will be presented at the Millin meeting.

Dr Ainhoa Costas-Chavarri from Boston’s Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School is the recipient of the American College of Surgeons and RCSI Resident Exchange Fellow award for 2015.

Dr Rebecca Weedle will be presented with the Brian Lane Medal for her outstanding performance at this year’s Surgical Bootcamp.

Mr Mark Quinlan will be presented with the Professor W.A.L. McGowan medal. This award recognises the highest performing FRCS candidate across all specialties from the surgical training scheme.

Prof James Garden, Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery at the University of Edinburgh will be awarded an Honorary Fellowship of RCSI.

The meeting will conclude with the 38th Millin Lecture which will be delivered by Ms Aoife Lowery, Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Limerick. Her lecture is entitled ‘The Evolving Role of the Surgical Oncologist in the Biomolecular Era’.

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