66th Annual & Scientific Meeting 2018 - Symposium: Trainee & Junior Doctors

Review of meeting:

The 3rd year of our trainee special interest group (SIG) meeting was marked by our largest group to date, thanks in no small part to the contribution of our Northern Irish & British colleagues. Approximately 50 delegates attended the meeting which was co-chaired by Dr Elizabeth Moloney & Dr Colm Byrne.

Focus on key agenda issues helped steer the panel discussion with valuable input from  a wide mix of trainee sites. Major training issues discussed included the new centralisation of GIM applications, as well as the difficulty accessing training sessions in movement disorders, incontinence & bone health. Clarification on some points was provided by Dr Martin Mulroy, NSD Geriatric Medicine, who kindly took a question & answer session with trainees. Updates from the RCPI are awaited on other outstanding queries.

Given the theme of the conference, comparisons between the UK & Irish SIG model were made, as well as differences in the UK Geriatric Medicine Training programme. Several Trainees highlighted the success of the  annual British Geriatric Society trainees weekend as a potential model to adopt, with a 2 day event built around current curriculum needs and experiences of NCHDs involved in Geriatric Medicine training. Small group teaching & lectures on main curriculum topics is an area of potential interest to many in attendance.

The role of the Trainee SIG continues to grow and it is hoped that 2019 will see continued support for our members & our training.

Liz Moloney

10th October 2018


This Special Interest Group meeting is an opportunity for trainees to come together to discuss training in geriatric medicine on the island of Ireland. The meeting will be of interest to higher specialist trainees in geriatric medicine as well as non-consultant hospital doctors and medical students interested in medical gerontology. We are fortunate to have as our key-note speaker Dr. Maitiú Ó’Tuathail President of the NAGP to discuss the interface between general practice and geriatric medicine. The session will be chaired by Dr. Elizabeth Moloney and Dr. Colm Byrne. To attend this session you must be a registered delegate of this Scientific Meeting.