Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland

The Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland was founded in 1882 as an academic version of the medical Royal Colleges.  The Academy is composed of 25 Sections of special interest, of which Dermatology is one.  

Section President

Dr Fergal Moloney, Department of Dermatology, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, 39, Eccles Street, Dublin 7.

Section Secretary

Dr Bairbre Wynne, Department of Dermatology, St James’s Hospital, Dublin 8.

Section Council

Dr Aoife Lally, Department of Dermatology, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4

Dr Rupert Barry, Department of Dermatology, St James’s Hospital, Dublin 8.


Typically, two meetings are held each year.  

  • A paediatric dermatology meeting is held towards the end of the year.  This consists of a clinical meeting held in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin.  A scientific meeting, delivered by invited speakers who have attended the clinical meeting, follows this.
  • The second meeting is a scientific meeting, delivered by invited speakers. 

A registration form for upcoming meetings can be found here. An application form to apply for RAMI membership can be found here.

The Jacob Medal

Approximately every two years abstracts are invited from dermatology trainees to present original clinical and laboratory Dermatology research.  Selected abstracts are presented at a scientific meeting and the Jacob Medal is awarded to the best presentation as selected by a panel of judges.

Abstract submission guidelines

  • An email notification is sent to registered members of the RAMI dermatology section and IAD members containing an abstract template and noting the dates of the abstract submission process.  Those interested in participating who are not members should email for further details.
  • Each abstract must fit within the abstract template and use the appropriate font and font size.
  • Ideally the work to be presented should be original and unpublished, and should not have been presented at a national or international meeting.
  • A “blind” selection process will be used therefore identifying features such as names of hospitals, medical schools, clinics or cities in the title or text of the abstract should not be used.  Any author not adhering to this rule will be asked to resubmit.
  • The body of the abstract should include a statement outlining the aim of the study, the methods used, a factual summary of results and a conclusion.  If the abstract is an experimental one or a clinical trial, the hypothesis being tested should be stated clearly, the experimental subject should be quantitatively described and an appropriate level of statistical data should be given with details of any formal statistical setting.  Statements such as “results will be discussed” are unacceptable.
  • Subheadings should not be used, e.g. “methods”.  Each paragraph should begin with an indentation of three spaces, but no line should be left between paragraphs.  Uncommon abbreviations should not be used without first being expressed in full.  Essential references (not more than two) must be cited in the Vancouver style, as used in the British Journal of Dermatology.
  • Presented data should agree with what is stated in the abstract.

Presentation guidelines

Successful abstracts must be presented by trainees who are members of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI) at the time of the meeting. Presentation must be no longer than 15 minutes.

Previous winners

  • 1990 B. O'Donnell                                          
  • 1991 B. Ramsay                                            
  • 1992 M. Sheehan                                           
  • 1993 R. Coleman
  • 1994 D. Buckley                                             
  • 1996 C. Condon
  • 1999 E. O’Toole
  • 2001 F. Keane
  • 2004 S. Langan                    
  • 2006 M. O’Kane                 
  • 2009 M. Bennett