In this issue
President's Welcome

Message from the CEO

The Effect of the New Act on Registration.....What does it mean for you?

Standards in Practice

The Medical Council's Role in Education and Training

Professional Competence Update

Good Medical Practice in Seeking Informed Consent

Review of Medical Schools in Ireland: A Report to the Public

Three Decades of Change in the Medical Council: 1979-2009

Correction

President's Welcome
by Professor Kieran Murphy

Welcome to the first edition of the new Medical Council electronic newsletter, part of a continuing dialogue between the Medical Council and the medical profession.

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Message from the CEO
by Mr John Lamont

It is now a year since the election process for six members of the new Medical Council and eight months since the new Council members took office.....

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The Effect of the New Act on Registration.....What does it mean for you?
by Dr Anna Clarke and Ms Una O'Rourke

Under the Medical Practitioners Act 2007, Registration Rules will come into effect on 16th March 2009 or the Register Establishment day. New application forms, guidelines, processes and procedures are being introduced to accommodate the Rules.

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Standards in Practice
by Dr Deirdre Madden

Dr Deirdre Madden introduces the Standards in Practice Committee and the five Working Groups that have been established to provide guidance for the profession, monitor performance and set standards for good practice.

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The Medical Council's Role in Education and Training
by Professor Bill Powderly

The Medical Practitioners Act 2007 provides legislation to ensure Ireland's compliance with European Directives on medical training, both basic and specialist. A Professional Development Committee has been established and is responsible for setting and monitoring standards in education and training.

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Professional Competence Update
by Professor Paul Finucane

With most of the provisions of the Medical Practitioners Act, 2007 in place from Monday 16th March 2009, preparations are under way for the commencement of Part 11 and the other section of the Act that will provide for the mandatory participation of doctors in 'Professional Competence Schemes'.

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Good Medical Practice in Seeking Informed Consent

The Medical Council recently published documentation providing guidelines for doctors in seeking informed consent to treatment.

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Review of Medical Schools in Ireland: A Report to the Public
by Dr Anne Keane

The Review of Medical Schools in Ireland 2007: A Report to the Public is based on the findings of the Medical Council's visits to medical schools and to their associated hospitals in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

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Three Decades of Change in the Medical Council: 1979-2009
by Susan Barr

Susan Barr has been employed by the Medical Council since 1979. Having worked for the Council for 30 years, Susan has worked throughout the terms of no fewer than seven Presidents and all the Council Members from 1979 to 2009.

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Correction

The last newsletter in May 2007 contained an article on the late Dr Kathleen Lynn. The Medical Council would like to address factual errors within this article.

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