Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Thursday, 12th April 2018 in RCSI

Inaugural Conference
Professionalism: Why it matters for patient safety, quality and risk

This is the inaugural conference on Professionalism in Healthcare in Ireland. Professionalism is intimately linked to patient and clinician safety. It is one of the main pillars of training for the healthcare professional at under and post graduate level.

Multiple international and national experts will be presenting at the conference including

  • Professor Jo Shapiro from Harvard Medical School who is an Ear Nose and Throat surgeon and is director of the Centre for Professionalism and Peer Support at the Brigham Women's Hospital , Boston
  • Sir Robert Francis, QC barrister who chaired both the Independent inquiry (2010) and Public Inquiry (2013) into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust following revelations about substandard care
  • Professor Aziz Sheik, OBE, Chair of Primary Care Research and Development at Edinburgh University and advisor to the WHO
  • Ms Annette Kennedy, President of the International Council of Nurses, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Mr Daniel Sokol, Medical Ethicist and Barrister, author BMJ opinion, UK

The audience will include members of the Dept of Health, HSE (including national directorate), academics from universities, healthcare professionals who are front line staff, representatives from regulatory bodies for doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, legal representatives, quality patient safety managers from hospitals and Community Healthcare Organizations and representatives from patient advocacy groups.

RCSI has recently appointed the first chair in Medical Professionalism nationally . In doing so it is highlighting the importance of professionalism in training and educating healthcare professionals throughout their career.

Call for Abstracts 

Abstract criteria:

Abstracts must be submitted in Microsoft word format and emailed to

Abstracts can be submitted from 15th January - 30th March 2018.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. 

  • Title: The abstract title should be in sentence case, not all capitals
  • Authors: Authors names should be supplied in the surname-last format and should be in sentence case, not all capitals. Institutional affiliations should be indicated with superscript numbers following the author name. Maximum of 10 authors.
  • Affiliation: All affiliations should contain institution, city and country.
  • Abstract text (maximum of 250words):
    Sub-headings used must be:
  1. Introduction
  2. Methods
  3. Results
  4. Conclusion
  5. References (maximum of 3)
  • References can be included in the abstract text or as a list following the abstract. Any references included in the reference list must be cited in the abstract text.
  • Tables: Tables may be included with abstracts and must be cited in the abstract text. The abstracts themselves must be in text, not table format.
  • Figures: All figures should be cited in the text of the abstract.

Poster Guidelines for successful abstracts:

  • Poster Size: A0 size, portrait
  • Font: Times New Roman or Arial
  • Font size 16pt (were possible)

Programme and Registration 

Further information in relation to the programme and registration will be available in due course.

For queries, please contact