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'Competence and expertise: navigating the challenges of an outcomes-based surgical curriculum'


Oscar TraynorOscar Traynor is the Director of International Surgical Training Programmes at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. For more than 25 years, he was the Dean of Postgraduate Surgical Education and Training with responsibility for all surgical training in Ireland. He has been responsible for introducing several innovations to surgical training -- including the world’s first e-learning programme for surgical trainees, a comprehensive curriculum-based surgical simulation programme for teaching technical skills and an integrated Human Factors training programme.  He has published widely on various aspects of surgical training and has also lectured extensively on the subject of Human Factors in Surgery in Europe, Australia and North America. In October 2021, he was given an Honorary Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons in recognition of his contributions to surgical education and training. In September 2022, he became the first Irish surgeon to be inducted into the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators in the United States.

Until recently, he was also the Director of Clinical Governance at Blackrock Health Hermitage Medical Clinic in Dublin, a post he held since 2014.  In this role, he was responsible for patient safety and quality of care at the hospital and he promoted various patient safety initiatives.  Through the Clinical Governance Committee, he  achieved wide stakeholder involvement in promoting the “culture of patient safety” at Hermitage.

He retired from clinical practice as a consultant surgeon at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin in 2014.  For more than 25 years, he headed a very busy Hepato-Biliary and Pancreatic Surgery unit and played a leading role in developing the National Liver Transplant Programme in Ireland in the early 1990s.  The HPB unit at St. Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin is the sole national tertiary referral centre for Liver Transplantation and for Pancreas Cancer surgery in Ireland. 


Chair: Professor Michael Douek 

All members of the University and NHS clinical staff are welcome.

Please email Louise King if you would like to attend online.