RCSIsmj Volume 12: 2018-2019

Posted: April 4, 2019 at 8:00 PM   /   News

Editorial [HTML] [PDF] Director’s welcome RCSI Ethics Challenge  RCSIsmj Ethics Challenge 2019/2020 RCSIsmj Ethics Challenge winner 2018/2019 Research spotlight  FutureNeuro: translating research into action – Prof. David Henshall Interview  Prof. Orla Hardiman Case reports  Maxillary sinus cancer A case of a knee slip and slide Book review  The Inflamed Mind  Original articles  Can proprioception influence […]

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Let’s start a conversation: mental health stigma in medical school Staff Writer – Monika Cieslak

Posted: March 29, 2019 at 8:35 AM   /   Blog

The journey through medical school is, no doubt, a rigorous one. Medical students face daily emotional, physical, and mental challenges within an exceptionally competitive environment. The pressure to maintain academic excellence in spite of sleep deprivation, 60-hour work weeks, and exposure to illness and mortality can be grueling. Unsurprisingly, medical students experience much higher rates […]

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Journal Launch and Ethics Debate – Thursday, April 4th

Posted: March 19, 2019 at 8:31 PM   /   Events, News

The RCSIsmj Committee is excited to formally invite you to our much anticipated event of the year, the Launch of the 12th edition of the Student Medical Journal. Please join us to collect a hard-copy of the journal and witness a highly engaging Ethical debate. The event will be followed by refreshments. To take place […]

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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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