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DCRA continues its international education program with Leaders in Surgery from Iberian peninsula and South America when it runs its third Portuguese Surgery Course in Coimbra Portugal this November
Mr Sugrue says it is a great honour that this course, developed in Letterkenny Hospital has received such international acclaim. It will be run in Asia and South America next year
Breast Centre North West and Donegal Clinical Research Academy organised an international Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary course at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin on Friday 31st July 2015. This course is unique in that it brings together all the disciplines involved in breast cancer care in a one day course that is a mixture of the latest evidence in breast cancer care and case scenario discussion. All attendees are exposed to some of the latest developments in breast cancer care.
Geraldine MacGregor, Breast Nurse Specialist at Letterkenny Hospital, said that this course is unique worldwide and it has received excellent reviews from its initial debut last year. She was pleased that Letterkenny could bring four international world leaders in breast cancer care to Ireland to complement the excellent National Faculty of twenty consultants in surgery, radiology, oncology, pathology, radiation oncology nursing and allied health. The international leaders included Mr Asgeirsson from Iceland, Professor Degnim from the Mayo Clinic United States, Ms MacNeill from The Royal Marsden, London and Dr Rubio from Barcelona in Spain.
Mr Michael Sugrue said the day was highly successful and rated by the attendees as one of the best breast cancer courses that they had attended.
Some of the Faculty members of the 2nd Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Course held in Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. From left to right: Geraldine MacGregor, Kevin Barry, Hajnalka Gyorffy, Jiri Vyskocil, Fiona MacNeill, John Kennedy, Kristjan Asgeirsson, Isobel Rubio, Katherine McGowan, Reem Salman and Michael Sugrue.
Ms MacNeill Royal Marsden London lecturing at the course.
Donegal Clinical Research Academy hosted another successful course on Emergency Surgery at The Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin on the April 10th 2015. 60 delegates from Ireland and overseas attended this one day course; the International faculty were from Portugal, Spain, the UK, Italy and the United States.
In 2014 this course was the winner of the Irish Healthcare Awards for best educational meeting. The feedback from the delegates was again outstanding; reflecting the mature nature of this course which Donegal Clinical Research Academy now runs in Spain and Portugal. Parts of the course have also been run in Italy and Central America.
New breaking research from Donegal Clinical Research Academy in the Breast Unit North West has identified that patients who failed to attend for BreastCheck or be screened for high risk family history have a delayed presentation in terms of cancer size and stage. Alison Johnston has presented this data at the European Society of Surgical Oncology in Liverpool and it was recently published.
Johnston A, Curran S and Sugrue M. (2015) Failure to Engage in Breast Screening and Risk Assessment Results in More Advanced Stage at Diagnosis. Advances in Breast Cancer Research, 4, 53-62. doi: 10.4236/abcr.2015.42006.
Friday July 31st, 2015.
Donegal Clinical Research Academy is proud to work with the Breast Centre North West in delivering and supporting the development of the Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Course on July 31st in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin. Four international world leaders in breast cancer are attending the meeting, it promises to be one of the more exciting interactive breast courses of 2015. The course is designed to incorporate all disciplines involved in the delivery of breast cancer care and it targets the latest developments in breast cancer delivery.
The EASC takes place on the 10th April, 2015
Emergency Abdominal Surgery Course
13.15 Management Upper GI Bleed
April 10th 2015 Dublin Ireland F Catena
08.00 Welcome Michael Sugrue
13.35 Case Scenario
8.05 What's good and Bad in Emergency
08.25 Appendicitis The latest I Anderson
08.45 Case Scenario
Panel Cross Martinez McGrane
09.05 Diverticulitis Keys to Management
09.25 Case Scenario
Panel Mealy Mesquita Lawler
Management of LBO E Andrews
10.05 Case Scenario
Panel Beddy Kelleher Lawler
10.30 Morning Tea.
Pancreatitis D Jenkins
11.20 Case Scenario
Panel Steele Lawler Mealy
Cholangitis Complicated Cholecstitis
12.10 Case Scenario
Panel Kelleher McGrane Beddy
Meet the Sponsors
Kelleher Mealy Lawler
Management of Lower GI Bleed
D Mc Namara
14.20 Case Scenario
Panel Steele Lawler Jenkins
Acute Mesenteric Ischaemia S Cross
15.10-15.30 Afternoon Tea .
Small Bowel Obstruction I Martinez
15.50 Case Scenario
Panel Mesquita McGrane Mealy
When to open/close abdomen
16.40 Case Scenario
Panel Uranus Lawler Jenkins
Summary M Sugrue
Close of Course K Mealy
Registration Fee 100 €
Contact Denise Colgan RCSI
Mr Emmet Andrews Colorectal surgeon Cork
Mr Iain Anderson Surgeon Manchester UK
Mr David Beddy Colorectal Surgeon Letterkenny
Mr Simon Cross Vascular/General Surgeon Waterford
Dr Don Jenkins Trauma.Emerg Surgeon Mayo Clinic USA
Dr Fausto Catena Surgeon Parma Italy
Dr Barry Kelleher Gastroenterologist Mater Dublin
Dr Leo Lawler Radiologist Mater Dublin
Dr Isidro Martinez Surgeon Torreveija Spain
Mr Ken Mealy Surgeon Co Lead Acute Hospital Program
Dr Carlos Mesquita Coimbra Portugal
Dr Siobhan McGrane Radiologst Letterkenny
Ms Debbie McNamara Colorectal Surgeon Beaumont Dublin
Dr Chris Steele Gastroenterologist Letterkenny
Mr Michael Sugrue Surgeon Letterkenny
Prof Selman Uranus Surgeon Gratz Austria
Sixth EASC takes place on the 10th April, 2015
Welcome to the Sixth Emergency Abdominal
Surgery Course. The first was held in Letterkenny
Donegal in May 2012 and the most recent in
Coimbra Portugal and Torreveija Spain. This
course builds on its success and is further
enhanced by an international faculty who are
leaders in Emergency Surgery.
World leading courses in Emergency Surgery are
well established with ESTES in Europe and
MOSES in Australia and New Zealand. EASC
curriculum focuses on the acute abdomen, in a
multidisciplinary shared learning approach. It will
bring you a level of discussion you have not heard
before and enhance your ability on-duty as a
surgeon, gastroenterologist or radiologist; either
as a trainee or a specialist. This course is about
the patient and common emergencies.
Understanding the natural history of key
emergency surgery presentations, with
emphasis on decision making and
operative/intervention tips and traps to optimise
outcome. This coupled with a manual
containing lectures and the latest literature
abstracts will ensure your patients are getting
Who should attend ?If
you treat or manage a patient with an acute
abdomen this course is a must for you!
Donegal Clinical Research Academy would like to
thank the Colleges,Trade and RCSI in particular
for their support and the sponsors without whom
we could not share this course with you.
Donegal Clinical Research Academy
Friday April 10th 2015
Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
Albert Lecture Room
I Anderson UK
F Catena Parma Italy
D Jenkins Rochester USA
I Martinez Barcelona Spain
C Mesquita Coimbra Portugal
S Uranus Gratz Austria
Emergency Abdominal Surgery Course receives National recognition.
Recently the Emergency Abdominal Surgery Course (EASC) was awarded two significant peer judged regional and national awards for medical education.
The course developed in Letterkenny Hospital under the Donegal Clinical Research Academy mentorship, recently was the recipient for the National Irish Health Care Awards held in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin on November 6th and the Saolta University Health Care Group CEO Awards in Galway on November 7th.
Mr Michael Sugrue, Surgeon , was delighted to accept the Irish Medical Health Care Award, with Dr Siobhan McGrane, Radiologist in Letterkenny. He indicated they were all delighted with the phenomenal success nationally and internationally of the course. Mr Sugrue said its success lay in the educational model used, and the fact that the course crossed all disciplines that deal with Emergency Care from Surgeons to Radiologist and Nurses..
Mr Sugrue said he would now like to expand on the development of quality indicators in Emergency Surgery and the course combined with other areas of research will ensure that patients do better. DCRA would be well positioned to do this.
The next course in Ireland will be on April 10th 2015 and will host 6 world leaders as well as Irish experts in Emergency Abdominal Care.
Mr Sugrue stated the program complimented the Irish Acute Surgery Program led by Professor Frank Keane and Mr Ken Mealy. He was grateful for support from RCSI and Letterkenny Hospital to allow the course to develop.
"Alison Johnston Research Nurse at the Breast Centre North West in Letterkenny Hospital presented her community funded research at the 34th European Society of Surgical Oncology in Liverpool UK this week. The project identified the need to ensure high risk women undergo screening and family history risk assessment . Her presentation was very well received and was the only Irish presentation at the convention."
Three medical students / summer research fellows linked to Letterkenny General Hospital, the Donegal Clinical Research Academy and University Hospital Galway have undertaken work to identify new potential techniques to reduce the volume of breast removed during conservative breast cancer surgery.
The three students, photographed with Clinical Research Nurse Alison Johnston - Dearbhla Hillick, Eoghan Shanley and David Sciascia – have been funded through public donations from members of the public in the North West.
Under the supervision of Alison Johnston, Clinical Research Nurse and Mr Sugrue, Lead Clinician and Consultant Breast Surgeon at LGH, the students have identified new techniques of breast volume measurement leading to patent filing and acceptance of their work at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Meeting in San Francisco.
Mr Michael Sugrue commented, "Letterkenny Hospital has one of the lowest re-excision rates following breast conservative surgery in Ireland and one of the lowest in the world. The findings of the students' research are significant and I'm very happy with the progress the research programme is making".
This is the third consecutive year that the Letterkenny Hospital Breast Unit has undertaken a research fellowship programme for the summer, with a small stipend for the research fellows funded through generous donations from the community.
Letterkenny Hospital is a satellite to the designated cancer centre in Galway and is making a significant contribution to advancing clinical breast research in Ireland.
Mr Michael Sugrue and the team, with Dr Duffy, Consultant Oncologist; Dr McGowan, Consultant Radiologist; Dr O'Dowd, Consultant Pathologist; Dr Salib, Consultant Radiation/Oncology and Geraldine MacGregor, Breast Nurse Specialist, have established one of the first courses in the world for teaching multi disciplinary breast cancer care to health professionals.
This exciting one-day programme is being organised by the Donegal Clinical Research Academy and will take place next month. Three international guest speakers will attend including Dr Sandra Brennan from Sloan-Kettering in the United States, Petrousjka van den Tol from the Netherlands and Professor Koji Yamashita from Japan.
Thanks to the proceeds from last year's Breast Ball we are hosting three summer research fellows to undertake exciting work at Breast Centre North West in collaboration with Donegal Clinical Research Academy. Previous research carried out here has been published in international and national journals as well as having been presented at international, national and local conferences and symposiums. The research fellows, David Sciascia, Dearbhla Hillick and Eoghan Shanley are medical students at National University Ireland (NUI) Galway. Included in the photo is Alison Johnston, clinical research nurse at Breast Centre North West.
Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Course
Course Goals August 15th 2014
Understanding the principles of multidisciplinary breast cancer treatment is crucial to providing optimal breast care. This practical course consisting of lectures and interactive sessions will make you comfortable in the core knowledge of all aspects of breast care. While the course will have a strong surgical focus it will reflect the normal interaction between disciplines who make up the Breast Team.
Who should attend
The Course is highly interactive with illustrated clinical cases and videos. It will walk you through the average day in a breast unit/clinic and theatre setting,
providing up to-date breast knowledge. You will gain an understanding of the basics of breast cancer care, as advocated by national and international guidelines. It will be delivered in the highly successfully entertaining DRCA educational style. The meeting will stimulate your mind to think laterally and will finish with a provocative lecture on endoscopic breast surgery.
When you leave the course we hope you will be thrilled with a great days education.
Donegal Clinical Research Academy would like to thank RCSI for their support and the sponsors without whom we could not share this course with you.
Michael Sugrue Convenor Donegal Clinical Research Academy Letterkenny Hospital www.dcra.ie
August 15th 2014 Venue Royal College of Surgeons Dublin Albert Lecture Room
Sandra Brennan USA
Petrousjka van den Tol Holland
Koji Yamashita Japan
©Copyright DCRA 2014
Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Course Schecule
08.00 Welcome Patterns and Risk in Breast Cancer Chair J Martin
08.05 Patterns and Outcomes in Breast Cancer Ray McLaughlin
08.20 Interactive Risk Assessment Michael Sugrue
08.30 Risk Assessment Yvonne Hanhauser
Chair K Barry
0845 Clinical Assessment – Minimum Standards Michael Sugrue
09.00 Case Discussion Panel Stewart McGowan MacGregor Brown
09.15 Principles of Imaging Sandra Brennan
09.30 Case Discussion Panel McGowan McGowan McLaughlin
09.45 Pathological assessment Cecily Quinn
10.00 Case Disucssion Panel ODowd Keane van denTol Kerin
10.45 MDT Decision Making Chair K Duffy
10.45 Group pre-assessment Test Quiz Cases
11.00 Oncology for Breast Cancer Maccon Keane
11.15 Case Discussion Panel Duffy Kerin MacGregor
11.30 Radiotherapy Who When Where Osama Salib
11.45 Case Panel Martin Keane Brown
12.00 Optimising Surgery Petrousjka van denTol
12.15 Case Discussion Panel Hill Quinn Jones Quinn
12.30 Surgery of the Axilla Michael Kerin
12.15 Case Discussion Panel McLoughlin Martin Keane Dowd
13.00 Lunch Meet the Sponsors
What You Need to Know in Breast Recon Chair M Kerin
13.45 Imaging as an aid to resection Sandra Brennan
14.00 Case Scenario Panel McGowan McLaughlin van denTol
14..30 Oncoplastic Breast Reconstruction R McLaughlin
14.45 Case Scenario Panel Kerin Jones Duffy Yamashita
15.00 Free Flaps Pro's and Con's Deidre Jones Panel van denTol Salib Keane Kerin
15.15 Afternoon Tea Putting it all together
15.40 Patient follow up Arnie Hill
15.45 Case Scenario 1 Panel Barry Brennan van denTol
16.10 Case Scenario 2 Panel McLaughlin Hanhauser Yamashita
16.30 Case Scenario 3 Panel Hill O'Dowd Martin
16.50 Key Learning Points Michael Sugrue
17.15 Inaugural Frontier Lecture Endoscopic Breast Cancer Surgery 400 cases later
Where to next ? Koji Yamashita
17.40 Meeting Close
Cocktail reception 17.45-18.30 RCSI
Sandra Brennan Radiologist USA
Kevin Barry Surgeon Castebar Letterkenny
Karen Duffy Oncologist Letterkenny
Deirdre Jones Plastic Surgeon Galway
Yvonne HanHauser Breast Nurse Dublin
Arnie Hill Professor Surgery Beaumont Dublin
Maccon Keane Oncologist Galway
Michael Kerin Professor Surgery Galway
Joe Martin Radiotherapy Galway
Ray McLoughlin Surgeon Galway
Geraldine MacGregor Breast Nurse Letterkenny
Ann McGowan Mammographer Letterkenny
Katherine McGowan Radiologist Letterkenny
Gerry O'Dowd Pathologist Letterkenny
Cecily Quinn Pathologist Dublin
Osama Salib Radiation Oncologist Dublin
Paul Stewart Family Doctor Donegal
Michael Sugrue Surgeon Letterkenny
Petrusjka Van Den Tol Surgeon Holland
Koji Yamashita Surgeon Japan
©Copyright DCRA 2014
for NUIG senior lecturer based at Letterkenny Medical Academy.
Dr Seamus McGuire was recently conferred with a 2013 President's Award for Teaching Excellence by Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway at the winter medical conferring ceremony.
These prestigious awards recognise the efforts of NUI Galway academic staff to ensure that students receive the highest quality learning experience. Four awards are given each year, chosen from across all NUIG faculties. In 2013, the judging panel considered 34 nominations (27 individual, 7 group), each demonstrating teaching excellence. The nomination process is initiated by students, based on detailed evaluation of their lecturers.
Dr McGuire, formerly a consultant Paediatrician at Letterkenny General Hospital, is currently a senior lecturer in Paediatrics based at Letterkenny Medical Academy. He is a medical graduate of NUI Galway and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland. He completed his postgraduate training in Paediatrics at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
Dr McGuire believes that medical students learn most effectively when they are integrated into the clinical team during their Paediatrics module, participating actively and immersing themselves in departmental activities while under close supervision and guidance of senior clinical staff. The small group learning approach at Letterkenny Medical Academy is ideal, he believes, for providing a high-standard of medical education in a real clinical setting.