RCSI Bahrain Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Doctors and nurses of the future graduate from RCSI Bahrain

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More than 240 future doctors and nurses have graduated from a conferring ceremony at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain).
For the fifth consecutive year, the Conferring was held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister of Bahrain. Due to the growing number of students attending RCSI Bahrain, two conferring ceremonies took place.


His Highness Shaikh Salman Bin Khalifa Al- Khalifa, Advisor to his Royal Highness the Prime Minister, was present at the medicine ceremony and His Excellency Mr Sadiq Bin Abdul Kareem Al- Shahabi, the Minister of Health was at the nursing ceremony to represent the patronage at the conferring which included members of the government, parliamentarians, family and friends.

This year 81 candidates from 15 different countries were conferred with Degrees in Medicine. There were 135 degrees in Nursing and 26 Masters Graduates. 186 of the graduates were from Bahrain.

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The medical graduates received 2 Degrees and 2 licentiates - an RCSI Bahrain Degree, a National University of Ireland Degree, a Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Licentiate and a Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland licentiate.

The recently appointed President of RCSI Dublin, Mr Declan Magee said "We are rightfully proud of our achievements here. We believe that the provision, by us, of highest quality healthcare education, with the consequent production and delivery of excellent healthcare workers, who are highly trained and with high ethical principles, will have far-reaching, beneficial consequences for society at large, throughout the region."

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RCSI Bahrain President, Professor Sameer Otoom congratulated the graduates on their success and said: "Today is the culmination of many years of hard work, singular focus and utmost dedication. Those who graduate today have succeeded over many difficulties and challenges. Therefore, you all are worthy of our admiration and congratulations."

Dr Maurice Manning, Chancellor of the National University of Ireland (NUI), paid tribute to the graduates saying "As you embark on what will we hope be a very meaningful and rewarding career, be assured that the intellectually rigorous education you have received at RCSI Bahrain has equipped you well for whatever the future brings. Embrace this new beginning in a spirit of confidence and optimism as you enter a world of new experiences and opportunities."

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Hospital teaching staff presented with top achievement awards

New awards were given out this year to the best hospital teaching staff, which was voted on by the students.

The awards for excellence in supporting teaching and learning was open to staff from Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain Defense Force Hospital, King Hamad University Hospital and Family Medicine.

In Medicine, Clinical Lecturer Awards were won by Professor Mary Lynch Altarif (Bahrain Defense Force Hospital); Dr. Ahsan Butt (King Hamad University Hospital); Dr. Fatima Abdulla (Salmaniya Medical Complex); and Dr. Farishta Hussain, who works in Family Medicine.

In Nursing, Clinical Tutor Awards were won by Jaqulin Bello (Bahrain Defense Force Hospital); Cini Thankachan (King Hamad University Hospital); and Mahdi Sadiq (Salmaniya Medical Complex).

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Three outstanding Bahraini Students receive top prizes at the conferring ceremonies

Three Bahraini students were among the graduate winners of four prizes which were introduced last year. The prizes are given to outstanding students who perform exceptionally throughout their undergraduate training.

The James Finucane Prize in Medicine was won by Mohamed Ahmed Maki Ebrahim who is from Bahrain.

The winner of the Niall O'Higgins Prize in Surgery was Hiba Omar Mohamed Mohamed Abduljawad from Bahrain.

The John Murphy Prize in Obstetrics and Gynaecology was won by Nida Fatima Sakrani from Pakistan.

The winner of the Rufaida Al-Aslamia Prize in Nursing is Nazia Mohammed Bin Ali Al-Amri from Bahrain.

RCSI Bahrain is a constituent university of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. The role of the University is to provide healthcare education and training to world standards within Bahrain, drawing students from Bahrain, other GCC countries and beyond.

With students from over 40 countries, numbers are at an all-time high, with more than 1,280 students currently undertaking courses in Medicine, Nursing and Postgraduate Studies and Research. The RCSI curriculum, examinations and supervision ensures the highest international standards. From September, RCSI Bahrain will celebrate 10 years of providing education excellence in Bahrain.