Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

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The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving human health through education, research and service. Founded in 1784 to train surgeons, RCSI provides comprehensive education, training and research in the health sciences across its campuses in Dublin, Bahrain, Penang and Perdana University, Malaysia.

The RCSI Research Institute is one of Ireland’s foremost research centers. RCSI has almost 4,000 registered students, 1,000 staff and 20,000 alumni. RCSI offers undergraduate training in medicine, physiotherapy, pharmacy and nursing; graduate entry medicine and postgraduate training in surgery, medical sciences, nursing and healthcare management & leadership and, via its Faculties, in dentistry, radiology and sports & exercise medicine.

RCSI’s engagement in global surgical care is mainly via its collaboration with the College of Surgeons in East, Central & Southern Africa (COSECSA). This is a wide-ranging “whole-college collaboration” in effect since 2008, involving training courses for surgeons, trainees, and non-surgeon cadres who perform surgery, as well as examination and administrative capacity building. RCSI is also a lead partner in the COST Africa project, a 5-year, EU funded research project, evaluating Clinical Officer Surgical Training in Malawi & Zambia.

RCSI feels that enhancing LMIC surgical institutions’ capacity to advance surgery and surgical training in their own regions is a necessary pre-condition of any sustainable expansion of surgical services. Ultimately, RCSI believes it is these indigenous institutions which can and should advance the global surgery agenda.