The idea of a student-led conference was first proposed by Ms Melissa Loh and Mr Hatem Ghorab to Dr Sarah O’Neill, Director of the Research Summer School. The idea was supported by Prof. Hannah McGee, RCSI Dean of Medicine and the Medical Faculty Office. Following that they established the organising committee consisting nine medical and one physiotherapy students in December 2010. Over a year of preparation, the first International Conference for Healthcare and Medical Students (ICHAMS) took place on the 4th and 5th of November, 2011 at the Royal College of Surgeons in ireland.  More than 150 undergraduate healthcare students from countries such as the United States, Sri Lanka, the Ivory Coast, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom attended the conference and 100 students presented a wide variety of healthcare research.

 Conference abstracts were published in an online supplement with BioMed Central, and can be found at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcproc/supplements/6/S4/all.

Organising Committee for ICHAMS 2011

Co-Chairs: Melissa Kah Poh Loh & Hatem Ghorab (with Dr. Sarah O’Neill – Founders)
Communication Officer: Joanna Peart
Public Relations Officer: Gloria Young Hwa Soon
Scientific Officers: Emily Callery & Noorin Walji
Design Officer: Mariam Al-Hussona
IT Officer: Johanna Moran
Sponsorship Coordinator: Matthew Rose
Events/Accommodation Officer: Zeyad Sako

Pictured (l-r) are Ms Melissa Kah Poh Loh, Co-Chair; Mr Hatem Ghorab, Co-Chair; Ms Mariam Al-Hussona, Design Officer; Mr Zeyad Sako, Events/Accommodaton Officer; Dr. Sarah O’Neill, Chair of Scientific Committee; Ms Emily Callery, Scientific Officer; Mr Matthew Rose, Sponsorship Coordinator; Ms Noorin Walji, Scientific Officer; Ms Gloria Young Hwa Soon, Public Relation Officer; Ms Joanna Peart, Communication Officer
Pictured (l-r) are Ms Gloria Young Hwa Soon, Mr Hatem Ghorab, Ms Melissa Kah Poh Loh, Mr Zeyad Sako, Ms Emily Callery, Mr Matthew Rose, Ms Mariam Al-Hussona, Ms Noorin Walji