Official list of workshops will become available by January 10th and workshop registration will take place on January 20th. After completed payment and registration you will receive instructions by email outlining how and when to register for your workshops. Workshops are available first come first serve. Each delegate will have the opportunity to participate in one workshop on Friday and one on Saturday. Follow our Instagram and Facebook for updates on our keynote speakers, workshops and social programme events throughout the year.

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2019 (13:00-14:30)

Workshop A

(20 spaces)

OBGYN Skills (3rd floor, 26 York St)


Please note that this workshop will run from 11:00-12:00pm - delegates assigned to Oral Session I will NOT be able to attend this workshop.

Simulated patients serve to bridge what we learn in lecture to the clinical setting.  In the Obstetrics Simulation Workshop, students will have a unique opportunity with our state-of-the-art Obstetrics Simulation Lab at RCSI. You will gain hands on experience in the labour and delivery process with Lucina, Ireland’s only Birthing Simulator.  Lucina models the physiology of a real patient, responds to clinical interventions as they are performed, and has vital signs monitored in real-time. Topics covered will include pre, intra, and post-partum care.

More about Lucina can be found here:

Workshop B

(75 spaces)

LGBTQ in Healthcare (Cheynne LT, 123 St Stephen’s Green)



People that identify as LGBTQ+ often experience unjust discrimination and stigma in their societal and healthcare experiences. As the next generation of healthcare professionals, we are responsible for creating a safe space to address this population’s healthcare needs. To embark on reaching this goal, we must first equip ourselves with understanding and awareness. Cameron Chalker, a final year medical student at RCSI, will be discussing his personal healthcare experiences, and the nuances of caring for people with diverse sexual and gender identities.

Workshop C

(75 spaces)

Innovative Research Discussion (Houston LT, 123 St Stephen’s Green)


Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most devastating brain diseases affecting upwards of 48 million worldwide. Despite our understanding of this disease, researchers have been unable to find effective treatment. In the last 20 years, no new therapies have passed clinical trials. Much of this can be attributed to our inability to detect early stages of the disease. Researchers Dr. Tobias Engel and Mr. Aidan Kenny in Dublin collaborated in a multi-centre study with colleagues in Spain to identify a small molecule in the blood that can be used to detect early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. During this workshop they will take you through their research process, from the early stages of this novel hypothesis to where their research is today. They will highlight obstacles they faced along the way and discuss how they overcame them. For young researchers, this will be an insightful and inspiring opportunity to learn how to navigate the often unexpected, but rewarding challenges that research studies pose.

Workshop D

(40 spaces)

Suturing (Rm 424, 425, 426, 26 York St)


A vital skill for any doctor, this suturing course will give students of all abilities hands on teaching in basic suturing and wound closure techniques under the direction of final year medical students with experience and interest in surgical skills.

Workshop E

(30 spaces)

Historic Tour (123 St Stephen’s Green)


Granted a charter in 1784, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is entrenched in history. For over 200 years the college has prided itself on education and innovation in health sciences, and our facilities are a reflection of the college’s history.

Join renowned RCSI porter Frank Donegan on a walk through time in one of the college’s longest standing buildings. You will hear firsthand the story of the college and some of the great minds that have passed through RCSI’s halls.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019 (14:45-16:00)

Workshop F

(10 spaces)

Plastering (Rm 422-423, 26 York St)


The ability to assess and manage fractures is an important practical skill for aspiring medical professionals. This workshop will offer the chance to get hands on experience in fracture management through this introduction to plaster-making and casting skills.

The workshop will be led by Dr. Nafisah Borhan and Dr. Fareeda Borhan. Dr. N. Borhan is a clinical lecturer in Emergency Medicine and Medicine in RCSI. She is also currently a Registrar in Emergency Medicine and has completed her post-graduate diploma in Health Professional Education with RCSI. She has a special interest in simulation training and has published Emergency Medicine-based research.

Dr. F. Borhan completed her BST Medicine with the RCPI followed by the CSTEM with RCSI. She worked as a registrar in Emergency Medicine for 4 years. She has also been involved in prize-winning research projects and publications in Emergency Medicine. She is currently undertaking her GP training with the Mid-Leinster GP Training scheme.

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Dr. Nafisah Borhan

Dr. Fareeda Borhan


Workshop G

(40 spaces)

Suturing (Rm 424-425, 26 York St)


A vital skill for any doctor, this suturing masterclass will give students of all abilities hands on teaching in basic suturing and wound closure techniques under the direction of experienced surgeons.
The session will led by RCSI graduate Mr.Gary Bass, Chief General Surgery SpR at Tallaght Hospital. Mr Bass has previously trained at several hospitals in Ireland and also undertook a General Surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. The session will also chaired by Dr Cathleen McCarrick, a TCD graduate and current surgical trainee.

Workshop H

(50 spaces)

ECG Skills (Cheynne LT, 123 St Stephen’s Green)


The ECG is the most important test for diagnosis of the cardiac rhythm, conduction system abnormalities, and detection of myocardial ischemia. Despite this clinical significance, confident interpretation of ECGs is quickly becoming a dying art. Join Dr. Sebastian Gracias as he shows us how ECGs can not only be easy to read, but enjoyable as well! The fun is in solving the puzzle. Over the course of this workshop, Dr. Gracias will highlight key features of common ECGs and also assist you in placing ECG leads on a surface model.

Workshop I

(50 spaces)

Kevin’s Story (Houston LT, 123 St Stephen’s Green)


We welcome Ms. Margaret Murphy, a globally recognized patient safety champion, to discuss the importance of patient advocacy and safety. Ms. Murphy has a personal, heartbreaking experience with how the medical system can fail. Her son, Kevin, passed away at age 21 as a result of medical error. In the wake of this tragedy, she has become the Chairperson of Patients for Patient Safety Ireland and an external lead advisor for the World Health Organizations Patients for Patient Safety Advocacy Group. In this workshop, Ms. Murphy will speak openly and candidly about Kevin’s story, followed by a discussion. This is a workshop you won’t want to miss!

Workshop J

(20 spaces)

Ultrasound Skills (Bouchier-Hayes LT, 26 York St)


Back by popular demand, the ultrasound skills workshop will once again be offered to provide you with the chance to learn the basics of how ultrasound works. This will be followed by an opportunity to use the ultrasound probe to identify organ structures within the abdomen. Ultrasound is a valuable diagnostic tool that allows for internal structures to be visible using sound waves and plays an important role in many medical and surgical specialties. This workshop is led by Dr. Nicolas Lim, resuscitation fellow at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. Be sure to sign up as spots are sure to full quickly!

Workshop K

(30 spaces)

Chest drains (Wet Lab, 5th floor, 26 York St)


Intubation and insertion of chest drains are both important lifesaving procedures that are part of every critical care doctor’s arsenal of skills. Tracheal intubation allows for the maintenance of an open airway so that medications may be administered and ventilation may be sustained. Chest drains are effective in removing air and fluid from the pleural space. This workshop gives you the opportunity to learn and practice both techniques in RCSI’s state-of-the-art Surgical Suite. Dr. Jennifer Clarke and Dr. Rachel Wu will guide you through this interactive learning experience!

Workshop L

(20 spaces)

Laparoscopy (Wet Lab, 5th floor, 26 York St)


Laparoscopic procedures have revolutionized surgical practice, dramatically reducing post-operative infection rates and the duration of hospital stay. The minimally invasive techniques have become a mainstay of many surgical specialties and thus are crucial skills to master. Join us (workshop facilitator to be announced) in a hands-on workshop where you will learn and practice the basics of laparoscopic skills. This is a rare opportunity to gain experience in what will undoubtedly be a significant component of any surgical specialty!

Workshop M

(20 spaces)

GP Skills (Task Training Room, 4th floor, 26 York St)


The General Practice faculty at RCSI will be conducting a hands-on workshop on essential skills in general practice including clinical vignette interpretation and instruction on skills including ECGs, fundoscopy, otoscopy, venipuncture, blood pressure, and more! Use this opportunity to gain hands-on practice to learn new skills or hone your skillset to prepare you for future practice.