Dublin 2013

U21 Health Sciences Group Annual Meeting

University College Dublin, Ireland

2 - 6 September, 2013

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The 13th Health Sciences Group annual meeting took place at University College Dublin from 2 to 6 September 2013. Professor Patrick Murray, Dean of Medicine and Head of the UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science, and his team welcomed more than 140 delegates from the following U21 universities:

  • The University of Auckland
  • University of Birmingham
  • The University of British Columbia
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • University of Connecticut
  • University College Dublin
  • Fudan University
  • University of Glasgow
  • Hong Kong University
  • Korea University
  • Lund University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • The University of Nottingham
  • The University of Queensland
  • National University of Singapore

See the attendee list


The program was structured around the following topics:

  • The Digital Revolution and the Era of the e-Patient:
    The digital revolution and the adoption of social and new media technologies by patients, medical educators, practitioners and pharmaceutical companies has, in just a few short years, transformed the relationship between healthcare providers and patients. The era of the e-patient poses a series of challenges and opportunities in the context of healthcare practice including: the social media led transformation of traditional patient/practitioner relationships; online reputation management for students and practitioners; regulatory, privacy and ethical issues; and the role of social and digital media in medical education.   

  • Clinical Leadership in Healthcare Delivery and Patient Safety:
    Healthcare services internationally must undergo radical change if they are to be sustainable from a quality and cost perspective. Major change is already underway in the United states and a number of other countries. Achieving change in healthcare requires a different approach to other environments and because of factors unique to health services is dependent on clinicians being willing to and being allowed to lead the transformation.

Prior to the main meeting, events started with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals workshop (UNMDG workshop) that ran over one day on 3 September. Also prior to the main meeting, University College Dublin hosted the 1st U21 Health Sciences Doctoral Student Forum, a one and a half day workshop to share research progress and stimulate dialogue between health sciences doctoral students and faculty around the U21 network.