Dublin University has opened its doors to an overseas doctor assistant.
The university said it has appointed Dr John O’Connor, a Dublin City University PhD student, as the new director of the doctor assistant program.
Dr O’ Connor said the position was an ideal fit for him as he has a strong understanding of the medical profession and a strong interest in medical education.
Dr Conor has been involved in a number of initiatives at the university, including the Doctor Assistant and Health Services Graduate Fellowship program, where he has developed the first in-person training course in healthcare.
Dr Brendan O’Neill, who has been the university’s director of medical education for more than 25 years, said he was looking forward to working closely with Dr Conor and his team to develop a comprehensive curriculum.
Dr John O ‘Connor, PhD, director of Irish Medicine at Dublin University.
Dr James O’Toole, a professor of health sciences, said Dr Conor was a very experienced lecturer in medicine and had been involved with the university for many years.
“We have a strong relationship and we’re looking forward seeing how he integrates his expertise with the students in the future and I’m sure we’ll find it a very rewarding opportunity,” Dr O’Leary said.
Dr Jim O’Sullivan, the vice president of the Medical Students’ Association at Dublin, said the university had welcomed Dr Conor with open arms.
“Dr Conor will be a great addition to our programme, bringing his experience, vision and knowledge of medicine and the medical education system to this prestigious institution,” Dr Jim O Sullivan said.
“I’m delighted to see Dr Conor taking up the role of director of Dublin University’s doctor assistant programme and we look forward to welcoming him to the University in the coming weeks.”
The new doctor assistant position will open in January 2019 and will be funded by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Department of Health.
Dr Dermot O’Reilly, the head of the university medical education department, said:”Dr O ‘ Conor’s experience and expertise in teaching the medical curriculum, teaching and teaching students in medical schools across Europe will be of immense value to our students, who are seeking to gain a solid knowledge of the science and treatment of health conditions.”
He has demonstrated a high level of competence in both teaching and learning in his medical education, and will bring a wide range of expertise to the department, from his experience as a doctor in a hospital setting, to his background in teaching and the field of health education.
“This appointment is a testament to his exceptional ability and dedication to our medical education programme and our students.”