Crossing the HLA Barrier: HLA-Desensitisation and Renal Transplantation

Posted: August 9, 2011 at 11:35 PM   /   Blog

HLA-sensitisation is observed in 30% of patients on the kidney-transplant waiting list and has long been a problem in transplantation treatment of kidney failure. In this study conducted across the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, Montgomery et al investigate the possibility of overcoming this obstacle to successful lasting treatment of renal failure. Published last month […]

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Career decision difficulties post foundation training – the medical student perspective

Posted: August 9, 2011 at 11:28 PM   /   Blog

In this article, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (JRSM) Short Reports in May 2011, author Vishal Luther addresses the difficulties of choosing a specialization for medical students. Questionnaires were administered and filled out by 115 final year students from a medical school in London, UK. In the questionnaire, students ranked […]

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Aging and Osteoporosis in Breast and Prostate Cancer

Posted: August 8, 2011 at 7:22 PM   /   Blog

Osteoporosis is most prevalent in older women. If breast cancer treatment has caused women to go through menopause early, they may be at risk for osteoporosis at a younger age. Hormone deprivation therapy is one of several treatment options available to men with prostate cancer, and research shows that men who are given hormone deprivation […]

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How to Make a Lung

Posted: August 4, 2011 at 2:41 PM   /   Blog

Tissue engineering is a rapidly expanding field which strives to develop viable organs. In this article, Petersen et al describe a novel technique for regenerating damaged lung tissue. Adult rat lungs were treated with a protocol which removed all cellular components from the lung, leaving behind an extracellular matrix which retained the airway and vascular […]

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Should UK membership exams be held overseas?

Posted: August 4, 2011 at 2:38 PM   /   Blog

This opinion piece from the latest issue of the BMJ is of particular relevance to RCSI students, who come from a variety of countries and backgrounds. In addition, RCSI holds its own membership exams abroad, particularly in the Middle East. The writers of this piece stress that countries should be encouraged to develop their own […]

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Traumatic Cerebrovascular Injury and Patient Management

Posted: August 4, 2011 at 2:33 PM   /   Blog

As medical education has become more layered, the overlap of patient management in different specialities has increased. Such an overlap can create a difference in opinion regarding treatment course. This issue is highlighted in The University of Alabama’s recent publication in The World Journal of Emergency Surgery titled “Management of Blunt Extracranial Traumatic Cerebrovascular Injury: […]

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Submission Guidelines Updated

Posted: July 8, 2011 at 5:18 AM   /   News

The submission guidelines for the 2011-2012 issue of the RCSIsmj have been updated. Go take a look and get those ideas flowing! Submissions are due October 3, 2011. Questions? Feel free to email

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2011-2012 Staff Positions Available!

Posted: March 28, 2011 at 10:00 PM   /   News

Interested in being on the RCSIsmj staff? Keep reading for more details!

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Special thanks to alumni

Posted: March 28, 2011 at 9:07 PM   /   News

The RCSIsmj would like to extend a warm thank you to RCSI Alumni for their generous support of our journal. Their contribution is invaluable to our success and we hope they enjoy the 4th Edition. Thank You.

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4th Edition of the RCSIsmj is now available!

Posted: March 25, 2011 at 7:00 PM   /   News

The 4th edition of the RCSIsmj is now available online! Take a look here. Make sure to pick up your paper copy! They will be available in the college and at certain hospitals.

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