Deirdre Foley, Carndonagh County Donegal
Thanks to the Donegal Clinical Research Academy, I was fortunate enough to travel to the 48th World Congress of Surgery in the beautiful city of Krakow, Poland. This was an amazing opportunity to present research I had carried out with the DCRA as a medical student during the summer of 2018. While it was daunting to be among so many medical professionals, the experience I gained not only presenting my work but also discussing its implications with surgeons from around the world, was invaluable. I have no doubt that the research and presenting know-how that I have acquired during this experience will serve me well as I start out now in my medical career. The fantastic guidance and support provided by both Mr. Sugrue and Ms. Johnston from the DCRA meant I felt well prepared throughout and I would like to sincerely thank them both, as well as all of the other contributing authors of my study. I would highly recommend getting involved with the Donegal Clinical Research Academy as it provides excellent opportunities and support for medical students while being based in Donegal.
Eoin Donnellan, Ballybofey, County Donegal.
It really was a privilege to present an oral paper at the World Congress of Surgery. As a medical student especially, this is a rare opportunity to present on such a massive stage. The experience to communicate my own research is something I won't forget. The skills and knowledge we have acquired will be helpful in the future and have progressed our learning in clinical research immensely. The support and guidance we have received from Mr Sugrue, Alison and the DCRA has been second to none. I don't know of any other academy in Ireland that can say they supported the research of 3 medical students to an international stage, so they really do deserve huge credit and praise.
Cherian Mathew, Letterkenny, County Donegal
It was an amazing opportunity to have the chance to present my research at the World Congress of Surgery in Krakow. The standard of research at the meeting was very high and for me to attend and be able to showcase my work too well established doctors from around the world was surreal.The meeting made me feel tremendously proud of my work and extremely grateful for the help and support I received from the Donegal Clinical and Research Academy and from Mr. Sugrue and Ms. Johnston especially. I hope that future students who conduct research in Letterkenny University Hospital will have the same opportunity to present their research at such an esteemed and world renowned platform.