Letterkenny makes the cut in world
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
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
"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,
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
"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.