RCSI Bahrain Undergraduate Student Research projects receive accolades

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) Medical University of Bahrain honoured the achievements of its students in the field of undergraduate research as they expand their academic horizons, contribute to innovative projects, get involved in research that has the potential to address real-world challenges and take concrete steps towards becoming future researchers and healthcare leaders.

During the summer, 63 students participated in the university’s ‘Research Summer School’ across 23 projects to develop their research skills and gain hands-on experience in different research disciplines, under the mentorship and guidance of 15 faculty members from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing & Midwifery and Postgraduate Studies & Research, including alumni.

Dr Bedoor Sami, medicine graduate (Class of 2011), mentored students on a project titled “Audit of Completeness and Appropriateness of Radiology Request and Adequacy of Clinical Information on Radiology Request”, which has been accepted for an oral presentation at the 1st Radiology Highlights Conference to be held in October, in Dubai.

Following the six-week Student Selected Project (SSP) introduced in the 3rd year of the medicine undergraduate programme, Ms Shahad Abdulkhaleq, joined and developed a research project which won the Lesley Diack Award for Outstanding Research at the 3rd International Congress of Health Workforce Education and Research (INHWE), co-hosted by the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) in Cardiff (UK). The research project delved into the realm of interprofessional education, with the aim of uncovering the potential benefits and challenges of multidisciplinary interactions (among medical, nursing, pharmacy, and occupational therapy students) within an educational clinical simulation setting.

Sharing her experience, Ms Shahad, aspiring surgeon, commented, “The biggest lesson I learned throughout this experience is that research takes time. Reward only comes with consistency and hard work, but one must accept that the timeline you set for yourself may be slightly different to reality. Presenting at the conference was an opportunity to share my insights and findings with a community of like-minded individuals passionate about advancing education in interprofessional domains. If I were to summarise this project into one word or lesson, it would be: adaptability.”

Under the 2030 Bahrain Vision, Research and Development in universities is being encouraged to create the platform for a knowledge-based economy. RCSI Medical University of Bahrain promotes research cooperation between students, academics, alumni and our research teams to equip students with the knowledge and expertise to excel in their academic and professional journeys.

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