On 23 April 2021, RCSI Medical Professionalism, supported by the Bons Secours Health System (Lead Sponsor) and Medical Protection Society (Picture Competition Session Sponsor), presented the virtual conference 'Professionalism in a Pandemic: Lessons from COVID-19'.
The event focused on professionalism in education and professionalism in clinical practice, and featured exciting talks and presentations from speakers including Professors Richard and Sylvia Creuss and an international panel from Canada, USA, UK, UAE and Ireland.
Dr Pallavi Bradshaw graduated from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, gaining a BA (Hons) with a dissertation in Medical Law and Ethics. She trained at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, gaining membership to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, before continuing higher specialist training until joining Medical Protection in 2007. Pallavi completed a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) with commendation at the College of Law, Guildford in June 2010. She was granted Foundation Membership to the Faculty of Legal and Forensic Medicine, London in April 2013. Having gained an academic scholarship, she was awarded an Executive MBA with merit from Warwick Business School. Pallavi is the Medicolegal Lead for the Risk Prevention department and responsible for delivery and strategic development of the member risk programme, leading a global team of clinicians. The programme utilises Medical Protection’s international experience to develop risk management training and education to improve patient safety and promote ethical practice, as well as supporting healthcare professionals to manage their medicolegal risk. In her previous role as Medicolegal Consultant, she supported and advised doctors across the world and led the team in Asia. She has been involved in many high-profile cases over the past decade and understands the specific challenges faced by consultants, bringing this insight to the Risk Prevention programme. She is also involved in developing Medical Protection policies and engages with stakeholders and the media, regularly writing for and being quoted in trade and national press promoting the interests of doctors. She also presents internationally on medicolegal topics and patient safety initiatives.
Professor Sue Carr graduated from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and has been a Consultant Nephrologist in Leicester since 1995 and Honorary Professor in Medical Education, University of Leicester. She joined the GMC in 2019 as Deputy Medical Director and now works two days a week in clinical practice and three days in this role. She was previously Director of Medical Education and Associate Medical Director, University Hospitals of Leicester for eight years, and before that held various roles including as Associate Postgraduate Dean (2007-11) and Foundation School Director (2009-11). She is an RCP Elected Councillor and has held a number of other senior roles in medical education including member of the National Association of Clinical Tutors Council, Chair, UK Renal Association Education & Training Committee (2008-12).
Eve Corner MBE, is a Lecturer in Physiotherapy and Critical Care at Brunel University London, a Research Physiotherapist at Imperial College Healthcare and a Clinical Consultant working in workforce redesign for 33N Ltd. Eve completed her PhD at Imperial College developing and validating the Chelsea Critical Care Physical Assessment (CPAx) tool as a method of evaluating functional recovery from critical illness. This tool is now used nationally and has undergone cross-cultural validation and translation into five languages. Eve continued research areas include clinimetrics, patient experience of critical illness and distance learning. Eve received an MBE in the Queen's New Years honours list for Services to Health Education, is an associate editor of the Journal of the Intensive Care Society and a key contributor to the National Post-Intensive Care Rehabilitation Collaborative.
Richard L. Cruess graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton in 1951 and an MD from Columbia University in1955. Having completed residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital and Columbia University, he joined the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University and has spent his entire professional career in that institution. He is Emeritus Professor of Surgery and of the McGill Institute for Health Sciences Education. An orthopedic surgeon, he served as Chair of Orthopedics (1976-1981), directing a basic science laboratory and publishing extensively in the field. He was Dean of the Faculty of Medicinefrom1981 to 1995. He was President of the Canadian Orthopedic Association (1977-1978), the American Orthopedic Research Society (1975-1976), and the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges (1992-1994).He is the recipient of an honorary degree from Laval University. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada and an Officer of l’Ordre National du Québec. Since 1995, with his wife Dr Sylvia Cruess, he has taught and carried out independent research on professionalism in medicine. They have published widely on the subject and been invited speakers at universities, hospitals and professional organizations throughout the world. Together, they have received the Ian Hart Award from the Canadian Association of Medical Education, the Gold Medal of the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) in the United Kingdom, and the Flexner Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. In 2010, McGill University established the Richard and Sylvia Cruess Chair in Medical Education and, in 2018, the McGill University Health Centre named its principal amphitheatre in their honour.
Sylvia R. Cruess graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1951 and an MD from Columbia University in 1955. She is an Endocrinologist and Professor Emerita of Medicine and of the Institute for Health Sciences Education at McGill University. She previously served as Director of the Metabolic Day Centre (1968-1978) and as Medical Director of the Royal Victoria Hospital (1978-1995) in Montreal. She was a Member of the Deschamps Commission on Conduct of Research on Humans in Establishments. Since 1995, with her husband, Dr Richard Cruess, she has taught and carried out research on professionalism in medicine. They have published extensively on the subject and been invited speakers at universities, hospitals, and professional organizations throughout the world. Together, they have received the Ian Hart Award from the Canadian Association of Medical Education, the Gold Medal of the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME), and the Flexner Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2011, McGill University established the Richard and Sylvia Cruess Chair in Medical Education and, in 2018, the McGill University Health Centre named its principal amphitheatre in their honour.
Gerard Curley is Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care at RCSI and Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. Prof. Curley trained in Ireland, the United States and Toronto, Canada. In the past, he has been awarded an International Anaesthesia Research Society Mentored Research Award, Australia/New Zealand Intensive Care Society Global Rising Star, and an Early Researcher Award from the Government of Canada Ministry of Research and Innovation. Professor Curley’s research interests include basic science, translational and clinical aspects of critical care. He was recently awarded a Health Research Board Clinician Scientist Award to examine the use of novel lipid mediator-based therapies for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, and a United States Department of Defence Discovery Award to determine the role of alpha 1 antitrypsin in Acute Lung Injury. He has led and collaborated on several projects to examine the role of inflammation in SARS2-Coronavirus-induced ARDS, including a paper recently published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. He is leading a multicentre early phase clinical trial of alpha-1-antitrypsin in critically ill patients with COVID-19.
Professor Fitzpatrick is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Year 2 of the undergraduate medicine programme in RCSI and a Consultant Microbiologist in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. Previously, Fidelma worked at a national level from 2010-2014. As the first national clinical lead for the prevention of healthcare-associated infection (HCAI) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR), she established the national clinical programme, coordinated the national HCAI and AMR work plan, lead the national public information campaign on antibiotics, national hand hygiene and antimicrobial stewardship programme and oversaw the establishment of the National AMR Intersectoral Coordinating Committee between the Departments of Health and Agriculture. Professor Fitzpatrick is the chair of the National Sepsis Governance Committee in the Health Services Executive, the chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre and a member of the board of the Dublin Dental Hospital. In addition, Professor Fitzpatrick retains an interest in pubic engagement in HCAI and AMR.
Professor Salman Guraya is a senior medical educator, laparoscopic surgeon, editor, and academic professional. Currently, he is serving as Vice Dean of College of Medicine and Head of Surgical Units University of Sharjah. He is an experienced minimally invasive surgeon with special interest in colorectal and bariatric surgery. His surgical and academic experience spans over several countries including UK, Scotland, France, Italy, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Professor Guraya is Director of Basic Surgical Skills and CCrISP courses by the RCS England. He has authored numerous multi-centre research with researchers from Malaysia, Holland, KSA, Italy, Saudi Arabia and UK about surgical innovations and technologies, simulation and artificial intelligence and the use of technologies in MedEd.
Professor Denis Harkin was appointed Chair of Medical Professionalism at the RCSI in November 2020. Professor Harkin joins RCSI from the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, where he was Clinical Lead for Vascular Surgery and Assistant Medical Director. Graduating from Queen’s University Belfast, gaining Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh (FRCSEd) and Ireland (FRCSI), and placing first in European Board Exams he was awarded RCSI Travelling Fellow to train at the Toronto General Hospital, University of Toronto, and Stanford Medical Centre. His Doctoral research, funded by The Wellcome Trust, established the seminal link between ischaemia-reperfusion, systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and remote organ injury. As Senior Lecturer in Surgery and Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Queen’s University Belfast and Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast, he has developed an international reputation in research and practice in vascular trauma and complex endovascular aneurysm care. A founding member of the Specialty Advisory Committee for Vascular Surgery, and elected Council of the Vascular Society, he has contributed in UK and Ireland to Curriculum, Training Programmes and Workforce Planning. He is an Examiner for Intercollegiate FRCS Vascular and European Board of Vascular Surgery. He was appointed Assistant Medical Director at Belfast HSC Trust, in 2015. Professor Harkin’s work will focus on medical professionalism and personal and professional identity formation. Our vision is to advance medical professionalism, to benefit our patients, in research, education and clinical practice.
Dr Colm Henry commenced in the role of Chief Clinical Officer in the Health Service Executive (HSE) in April 2018. As Chief Clinical Officer, he is responsible for ensuring that clinical leadership, encompassing medical, nursing and midwifery, health and social care professions is represented at the most senior level of the HSE. The role and Office of the CCO harnesses this clinical leadership and expertise to develop and nurture collaboration with patients and service users, create a culture of patient safety, and improve the patient user experience. The Chief Clinical Officer collaborates with the HSE’s Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Operations Officer and other national directors and senior leaders across the health services to ensure evidence based, clinically informed decision-making in line with identified priorities.
Professor Anne Hickey is a health psychologist, Deputy Dean for Positive Education and Professor of Psychology at the Department of Health Psychology, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences. She has extensive experience in research in healthcare, principally in examining patient adaptation and rehabilitation after stroke. As Deputy Dean for Positive Education at RCSI, Professor Hickey’s role involves educational transformation to include principles of positive psychology at all levels in RCSI. Principles of positive education are being integrated into the core knowledge base and development of clinical skills across undergraduate and graduate courses, with an emphasis on the importance of supporting students to develop skills of self-awareness. The development of these skills draws on positive psychology's emphasis on individual strengths and personal motivation to promote learning and support students on their professional journey to becoming future healthcare professionals.
Professor Cathal Kelly took up the position of Chief Executive/Registrar of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in December 2009. A Graduate and Fellow of RCSI, Professor Kelly previously held the post of Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences from 2006 to 2009. Prior to his appointment, Cathal was a Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon, with a special interest in endovascular surgery, in Beaumont Hospital. He combined this role with the chairmanship of the surgical division and an academic position in RCSI as Vice Dean for curriculum change. In addition to completing his basic and higher surgical training in Dublin, Professor Kelly pursued a Research Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA. In 2005, Professor Kelly was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Education at Queen’s University Belfast. In 2009, he was conferred with a Master of Business Administration Degree by Institutio de Empressa of Madrid. In 2015, he undertook the Senior Leadership Programme at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Bill Maher is a successful leader with a track record of developing and implementing strategy to deliver growth and high-quality patient care, improving performance and leading transformational change. Bill has considerable experience at Board and senior management level in both the UK and Ireland in both the private and public sector. Following numerous roles in industry, Bill has developed a considerable range of health service with roles in mental health, secondary care, primary care, nursing homes and commissioning. Maher is currently employed as Group Chief Executive of Bon Secours Health System (BSHS), Ireland's largest private hospital provider with over 1,000 beds, 3,500 staff and 450 consultants across six sites nationwide. Maher recently developed the BSHS 2020 plan, which sets out its strategic goals for quality, integration, efficiency and growth and is underpinned by a €150 million capital investment programme to deliver advanced medicine and exceptional care.
Natalie McEvoy is a PhD Scholar and Irish Research Council Awardee at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the RCSI. Natalie is a Senior Clinical Research Nurse in the Department of Critical Care and Anaesthesia at the RCSI and Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. Natalie graduated with a BSc in General Nursing in 2014 from Dublin City University. She graduated from RCSI with a Postgraduate Diploma in Neuroscience Nursing in 2016, and an MSc in Neuroscience nursing in 2018. Natalie’s clinical experience is in the area of Critical Care, with a particular interest in Neuro Critical Care. Natalie is a member of the Irish association of Critical Care Nurses (IACCN) and the Irish Critical Care Research Coordinators Group (ICCRCG).Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Natalie has been involved in a number of ICU COVID-19 research studies, and is currently project managing and coordinating the first approved clinical trial in Ireland to test a therapy for COVID-19. This phase 2 double-blinded randomized controlled trial involves the administration of alpha-1 antitrypsin to patients with COVID-19-associated moderate to severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Natalie was a co-applicant on a recently funded Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) grant to prevent PPE-related skin injury in frontline healthcare workers.
Professor McGee is Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, RCSI. As RCSI’s Chief Academic Officer, she has responsibility for academic programmes in Dublin and in overseas campuses in RCSI Bahrain, RCSI Dubai, Perdana University RCSI Programme (Kuala Lumpur) and RCSI UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC), Penang, Malaysia. Professor McGee is a health psychologist, founding Chair of RCSI’s Division of Population Health Sciences and founding Convenor of RCSI’s Research Ethics Committee. Her research interests are in psychosocial aspects of health, particularly relating to quality of life, cardiovascular disease and ageing, and with a focus on methodological innovation to address key questions. Committed to translational research, with almost €17 million in peer-reviewed grant income, she has 222 journal publications, 29 books or book chapters and 53 reports – many on aspects of health and health service issues in Ireland. Alongside national impact, her work has been cited in 31 international policy papers. Among influential research programmes delivered in Ireland were assessments of health and social services needs from the perspective of older people, including a cross-border project – the Healthy Ageing Research Programme. Also the first Irish National Audit of Stroke Care (2007); SLÁN 2007 – the largest adult health and lifestyle survey undertaken in Ireland; and the first national prevalence study of sexual violence – SAVI (Sexual Abuse and Violence in Ireland) (2002). Professor McGee has held many leadership roles including President of the Psychological Society of Ireland, President of the European Health Psychology Society and Chair of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Section of the European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation. She is or has been a member of the Council of the Economic and Social Research Institute, the Oversight Board of TILDA (the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing), the Board of the National Children’s Research Centre and the Board of the (Irish) Health Research Board. She was government-appointed Chair of the Ministerial Committee to develop the Irish Cardiovascular Health Policy – ‘Changing Cardiovascular Health: National Policy 2010-2019’. In 2020, she was appointed by the Minister for Health as deputy-chair of the National Research Ethics Committee for COVID-19 Research, reflecting her ongoing and most recent research-related national contribution.
Professor Yvonne Steinert, PhD, a clinical psychologist and Professor of Family Medicine and Health Sciences Education, is the Richard and Sylvia Cruess Chair in Medical Education and the former Director of the Institute of Health Sciences Education in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. She is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, educational research, and the design and delivery of faculty development programs and activities. Her research interests focus on teaching and learning in the health professions, the impact of faculty development on the individual and the organisation, professionalism and professional identity formation, and the interplay between culture and health professions education. She has written and presented extensively on topics related to faculty development and medical education and was recently named to the Order of Canada in recognition of her contributions to the advancement of pedagogical principles, faculty development, and new training approaches in Canadian medical education.