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Letterkenny makes the cut in world surgery 26.01.16

MORE than 40 of the world’s leading surgeons will travel to Co Donegal this summer for the first international summit on performance quality and outcomes in emergency surgery.
Letterkenny consultant surgeon Michael Sugrue will convene the seminar in July at the newly-constructed Letterkenny Medical Academy on the grounds of the existing hospital campus.
Letterkenny has for the past five years been a satellite clinical training site for medical students studying at NUI Galway.
The general hospital recently received the new designation Letterkenny University Hospital after the Saolta group conferred formal 'university' status on all seven of its hospitals.
A spokesperson for Mr Sugrue said Letterkenny University Hospital is "leading an international drive to improve care and outcomes in emergency surgery".
"It will host the first World Summit on Performance Quality and Outcomes (in Emergency Surgery), in Donegal, in July 2016. Mr Sugrue, who is the convenor, is grateful for local support as the meeting will bring over 40 world leaders in surgery to Ireland and the county," said the spokesperson.
Mr Michael Sugrue (front, third from right) pictured with fellow surgeons and final year medical students from colleges throughout Ireland who attended a one-day emergency surgery course at Letterkenny University Hospital on January 23.
Meanwhile, Mr Sugrue and seven other surgeons delivered a one-day course on emergency surgery to 100 final-year medical students at the Letterkenny campus last Saturday, January 23.
The course is a modified version of an award-winning postgraduate course designed in Letterkenny in 2012 and now taught in six other countries as a 'world standard' in emergency surgery.
Mr Sugrue was joined on the day by Professor Ronan Cahill of UCD; Mr Ronan Waldron of Castlebar; Dr Alexandrino-Coimbra of the University of Portugal along with Dr Chris Steele; Dr Patrick O Keeffe, Mr Muyiwa Aremu and Mr Obai Elzamzami from the Letterkenny faculty.
"The students came from all around Ireland. Over 80 per cent of the final medical students rated the course as the best educational experience in the five to six years they had spent studying medicine," added the spokesperson.
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