Shining a light on 22q11 Deletion Syndrome Director – Suzanne Murphy

Posted: December 5, 2018 at 12:59 PM   /   Blog

Despite 22q11 deletion syndrome (22q11DS) being the most common recurrent copy-number variant disorder, it is one few medical students have a clear understanding of. It is caused by a microdeletion occurring in chromosome band 22q11.2 and a 2004 study estimated it to have an incidence of approximately 1 in 4000 individuals.1 Some of the confusion […]

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UPDATE: CANCELLED. RCSIsmj Journal Club- Tuesday, November 13th

Posted: November 5, 2018 at 12:13 PM   /   Journal Club, News

Apologies this event has been cancelled. We will announce the new date once confirmed.   Join RCSIsmj in welcoming Professor Arnold Hill, Chair of Surgery, who will be discussing two of his research papers. Research papers to be discussed: S100β as a serum marker in endocrine resistant breast cancer. Population-based cohort study of variation […]

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Submission Deadline Extended

Posted: November 5, 2018 at 12:05 PM   /   News

The deadline for submissions has been extended to November 7th, 2018. Please submit your articles electronically to Good luck! We look forward to seeing your submission.

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General Submissions Deadline – 2018

Posted: October 22, 2018 at 5:07 PM   /   News

The deadline for submissions to the 12th edition of the RCSIsmj is Wednesday, October 31st, 2018. Please direct any questions to, submissions to and for guidelines, visit Submission Guidelines page. Don’t miss your chance to publish your work in the next issue of the RCSI SMJ! – See more at:

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The Opioid Epidemic: what is it and how do we address it? Staff Writer – Maria Mikail

Posted: October 8, 2018 at 9:29 AM   /   Blog

Introduction According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2017 the United States of America (US) had 72,306 deaths occur due to drug overdoses; 49,068 (67.8%) of those deaths were secondary to opioids.1 On a daily basis, it is estimated that 115 people in the United States die due to opioid overdose.2 Internationally, the […]

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RCSIsmj & ICHAMS presents: Research in Healthcare Night

Posted: September 28, 2018 at 8:26 AM   /   News

SMJ & ICHAMS present “Research in Healthcare” – an informative evening to learn about getting involved with research at RCSI as well as some tips and tricks for securing your very own summer research position.   Come mingle with many ICHAMS and SMJ committee members who have lots of research experience and want to share […]

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Getting Published: the good, the bad and the ugly ICHAMS Social Media Officer – Clare Lambert

Posted: September 28, 2018 at 8:13 AM   /   Blog

Despite having been published, my relationship with research has been a challenge. It began during my undergraduate degree in Canada, when I worked in a neurobiology lab doing electrophysiology on snails. I spent hours looking down a microscope trying to stab single cells with a glass pipette. Each experiment took many hours and, sometimes, late […]

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RCSIsmj Volume 11: 2017-2018

Posted: April 15, 2018 at 5:31 PM   /   News

Editorial                    [HTML] [PDF] Director’s Welcome RCSI Ethics Challenge – RCSIsmj Ethics Challenge 2018/2019 – RCSIsmj Ethics Challenge winner 2017/18 Research Spotlight – Spotlight on research at RCSI – Prof. Peter Conlon Interview – The generalists Case Reports – Diagnositc dilemma: a rare cause of lower back pain Original Articles – When the brain goes quiet: […]

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RCSIsmj Staff Applications 2018-2019

Posted: April 15, 2018 at 4:47 PM   /   News

Applications for the 2018-2019 RCSIsmj staff are now open! We are recruiting for the following positions (please click each title to download the application form): Senior Editor Assistant Peer Review Director Peer Reviewer Executive Secretary Senior Staff Writer Staff Writer Public Relations Director of Education Education Officer Webmaster Assistant Detailed descriptions of each position can be […]

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Figuring it Out RCSIsmj staff writer Alexandra Mitcham

Posted: March 5, 2018 at 9:23 PM   /   Blog

No matter how much training health care professionals have in using the precise phrasing to describe a lesion, articulate symptoms, or present a case to consultants’ satisfaction, a picture is worth a thousand words. App Figure 1 has capitalized on this idiom; it is an application that acts as a platform for sharing clinical images […]

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