The Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland was founded in 1882. From the beginning it was seen to offer a cohesive influence in the medical world. Now, as in former days, medicine has increasingly diffracted into many professional areas and the Academy currently has 21 specialty Sections.
These are Sections of Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics, Pathology, Biomedical Sciences, Epidemiology and Public Health, Otolaryngology, Anaesthesia, Paediatrics, Odontology, Dermatology, Radiology, History of Medicine, Psychiatry, Neurological Sciences, Rheumatology and Rehabilitation, Ophthalmology, General Practice, Genito Urinary Medicine, Bioengineering, Health Informatics.
The interests of the Academy are really the interests of all practitioners who work in the fields of medical service and research. The Academy is not an academical body, and as such is not encountered with the problems of education and examination. Its special and primary role is that of providing a forum for the exchange of scientific information and to promote academic discussion, so essential to scientific progress.
The Academy awards Fellowships and Memberships and holds regular academic meetings. Bronze medals are awarded to outstanding contributions at sectional meetings on the nomination of Section Councils. Silver medals are awarded to the lecturers at the two main annual lectures sponsored jointly by the Academy and other institutions. The Graves Lecturer is jointly nominated by the Academy and the Medical Research Council of Ireland. The St. Luke?s Lecturer is jointly nominated by the Academy and the Board of St. Luke?s Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.
The Academy publishes a quarterly journal - THE IRISH JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SCIENCE. Established in 1832, the production of this scientific journal is a contribution to medical science and an ideal forum for the younger medical/scientific professional to enter world literature and an ideal launching platform now, as in the past, for many a young research worker.
Past History of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland