Senior surgeon will travel to medical school to meet Northern Ireland doctors in training at Magee

The President of the Royal College of Surgeons will meet the School of Medicine’s education team and tour the newly refurbished facilities which reinforce Magee’s reputation as a center of health and innovation. Professor Mortensen will meet with a small group of students (from backgrounds as diverse as business management, biology and a range of other health professions) to discuss his career path and the aspirations of students from Derry for the future.

Tonight Professor Neil Mortensen is set to deliver a twilight lecture tonight titled “The Pathway to Recovery”. In this talk, he will reflect on the ability of the health service to innovate in the face of a pandemic and overcome the current challenge of bringing surgery levels back to full throttle. His lecture, which is sure to inspire the next generation of healthcare professionals, will also chart his career path from medical school to professor of surgery, and now president of the College.

Professor Neil Mortensen, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, said:

“This medical school is a tremendous asset to Northern Ireland. This will help create the bright new healthcare leaders of tomorrow. We are very supportive of medical education. Our surgical trainees in particular have borne the brunt of many elective surgeries being canceled and are struggling to gain the operational experience they need to qualify.

In addition to solving the labor crisis in the short term, it is essential to create a resilient labor force that can meet the needs of the population in the long term. We need to create health teams with the right mix of skills to provide primary, secondary and emergency care.

A career in medicine can be so rewarding. We believe in the highest standards of surgical care. We have among us the brightest stars of tomorrow. This visit to Ulster University School of Medicine will celebrate their journey.

Mr Mark Taylor, Director of Northern Ireland at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Visiting Professor at the School of Medicine, said:

“Following the publication of the Bengoa Report in 2016, where we highlighted the benefit of a second medical school, particularly in the North West of Northern Ireland, it gives me great pleasure to bring the President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, at this medical school on the Magee campus of the University of Ulster.

The combined activity of the two medical schools in Northern Ireland will lead to greater improvement in our workforce over the long term, which was a key recommendation of the 2019 Gardiner Report. This will be essential for the future of the provision of quality health care and social services in the province.

Professor Louise Dubras, Dean of the Foundation at the School of Medicine said:

”Having opened our doors exactly six months ago, it will be a privilege to welcome Professor Neil Mortensen to the School of Medicine. I look forward to introducing him to the team of world-class medical educators I have assembled here in Derry-Londonderry and to our students.

They are currently undertaking clinical placements in the region and are encountering many topics that the Royal College of Surgeons are working tirelessly on. With the City Deal projects Ulster University will deliver and 800 health science students soon to move to Magee alongside our world-class nursing school; this is an exciting time for medical and health professions education in the region. I am very proud to welcome the Royal College of Surgeons to our Magee campus.

At the School of Medicine, the first full cohort of medical students begins the second semester: applications closed for 2022 entry and interviews were held in January.

Professor Mortensen will give a twilight talk, The Pathway to Recovery at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. This is an “in-person” event with tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.ie/organizations/events.