Jack Flanagan Competition 2014
A team of final year medical students from University College Cork has won the 2014 Jack Flanagan intervarsity competition in Geriatric Medicine.
The group, comprising Ms. Cathie O’Mahoney, Ms. Róisín Ryan, Mr. Ronan Bluett and Mr. Ciaran Mullins was coached by Dr. Paul Gallagher (Consultant Geriatrician & Senior Lecturer in Medicine) and Dr. Amanda Lavan (Specialist Registrar in Geriatric Medicine and PhD Research Fellow, School of Medicine, UCC).
The annual clinical-pathological competition is named after Ireland’s first geriatrician, Dr. Jack Flanagan, who pioneered and developed modern day geriatric medicine services in Ireland. Six of the country’s medical schools were represented at this year’s competition, held in RCSI Dublin on 15th October. Each team was given a complex and challenging case to review in one hour. During that time, the team had to arrive at a diagnosis, formulate a management plan and prepare a presentation for a mixed audience which addressed specific questions including ethical and legal dilemmas. The competitors were judged on their presentation skills as well as their knowledge of geriatric medicine, psychiatry and gerontology.
The UCC team was awarded the Jack Flanagan medal and a bursary of €1000. UCC will host the competition in October 2015.