Patient-Physician Communication


Professor Fionnuala Breathnach


Associate Professor in Maternal Fetal Medicine RCSI



As a certified specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the Rotunda, Professor Breathnach’s practice focuses on obstetric care. Her clinical areas of interest include high risk pregnancy, prenatal screening and diagnosis, and twin pregnancy. She is the lead obstetrician in the combined obstetric-endocrine service at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin. She worked as assistant master at the Rotunda from 2004 to 2005 before completing a maternal fetal medicine fellowship programme in the Rotunda Hospital and in Columbia University Medical Center, New York. The recipient of several research awards, she has published and presented internationally on endocrine disease in pregnancy, prenatal diagnosis and prenatal screening for fetal abnormality. She is the lead researcher on a multicentre national study on twin pregnancy in Ireland.


Professor Breathnach will be presenting a workshop on effective communication with patients both within and outside of obstetrics and gynecology. She will provide insight into how to forge effective patient-physician relationships and how to break news to patients in a sensitive manner.


GP Practical Skills


Dr. Emma Wallace

MB BAO BcH (Hons), BMedSci (Hons), MICGP, PhD, HDip(Clin Ed), DCH

General Practitioner & Senior Lecturer in General Practice RCSI


Dr. Emma Wallace is a graduate of University College Dublin and a General Practitioner in North Dublin. She has been appointed as a Senior Lecturer in General Practice and Director of the Senior Cycle General Practice teaching programme at RCSI. She completed her PhD in 2015 with the HRB Structured Population and Health-services and Research Education (SPHeRE) programme examining predictors of adverse health outcomes in older people attending general practice.


Dr. Wallace and her colleagues will be conducting a hands-on workshop on essential skills in general practice including clinical vignette interpretation and instruction on skills including fundoscopy, venepuncture, otoscopy and more.


Suturing Skills


Dr. Azlena Beegan


Clinical Lecturer


Dr. Dan Kane (photo pending)


Senior House Officer & Clinical Lecturer & Tutor


The aim of this workshop is to introduce students to basic suturing techniques for wound closure. Students will have the opportunity to practice these skills under the supervision of experienced surgeons.


Leading this workshop is Dr. Azlena Beegan and Dr. Dan Kane. He is currently a Senior House Officer at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Surgeons. He has received many teaching awards including the Intern Tutor Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Gleeson Teaching Award, and the Clinical Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching at Connolly Hospital.



Conducting Clinical Research

Professor Samuel J. McConkey


Associate Professor and Head of the Department of International Health and Tropical Medicine

Samuel J. McConkey is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of International Health and Tropical Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is also a Consultant in General Medicine, Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Beaumont Hospital Dublin, and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda both in Ireland.

He is a board member of the national regulatory for medical and social care in Ireland, Health Information & Quality Authority (HIQA).


He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of European Vaccine Initiative, and was a member and chairperson of the SAC of European Malaria Vaccine Initiative 2007-2009


Research Interests and Focus:

Prevention and control of the infectious diseases of relevance for resource-poor countries, including developing and evaluating new vaccines, studies of acquired immunity and molecular pathogenesis, and anthropological and political science studies of drivers and consequences of stigma.


Ultrasound and Critical Care


Professor Gerard (Ger) Curley


Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine


Professor Ger Curley is a graduate of National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), and spent the last several years in fellowship at the University of Toronto in Canada. He now serves as a Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine in RCSI, and works out of Beaumont hospital.


Professor Curley will be hosting a workshop on critical care medicine, with particular attention to the use of Ultrasound. Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice Ultrasound technique in the setting of the simulation centre at in the new 26 York St. building.


26 York St. Facility Tour


Professor James (Jim) Murray


Director of Simulation and Clinical Skills Based Learning


Professor Jim Murray is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Director of Simulation at RCSI. He trained as an Anesthetist and worked as a Consultant in Belfast until 2014. While in Northern Ireland, he also served as Director of the Clinical Skills Centre at Queen’s University Belfast and served as Medical Director of Trucorp, a medical device spinoff company from QUB that specializes in medical training mannequins.


Professor Murray will be hosting a tour of the state-of-the-art 26 York St. building, particularly the simulation centre and the National Surgical Training Centre.


Physiotherapy in High-Caliber Athletics


Aidan Woods


Chartered Physiotherapist and Head of Pearse Street Physio


Aidan worked as Head Physiotherapist with the Olympic Council of Ireland from 2011 to 2017. He was Head Physiotherapist at the inaugural European Games in Baku 2015 and the London 2012 Games where Ireland had its most successful Olympics in 50 years. Aidan was also selected as physiotherapist with the Irish Olympic Teams for Beijing 2008 and Athens 2004.

Aidan competed internationally for 10 years, representing Ireland at World and European Championships competing for both Athletics Ireland and Triathlon Ireland. After graduating in 1996 from UCD, Aidan worked with national rowing, canoeing, boxing and athletics teams. Aidan established Pearse Street Physiotherapy Clinic in 2006.


Aidan will be leading a session titled “Fitness to Compete,” going through some practical examples of what the physiotherapy role is in determining athletes fitness to compete at major championships.