Summer RAMI Dingle May 2014
Éadaoin Ó Catháin, SpR and Naishadh Patil, Sligo Regional Hospital

The summer RAMI meeting was held in An Díseart in Dingle again this year on Saturday 3rd of May. This was an enjoyable meeting, combining a conference with the local Féile na Bealtaine festival which was taking place all weekend.

The morning started with a meeting of the institute, followed by presentations from trainees from around the country. These presentations had a wide range of topics, from new research on the impact of endotracheal tube size on vocal outcomes post-thyroidectomy, to an interesting video presentation on endoscopic ear surgery. A tasty lunch was held in Fenton’s. The afternoon EBM session commenced, with presenters adhering to a strict 3 min per presentation schedule. These presentations were very informative, discussing issues as wide-ranging as BIPP delirium post-maxillectomy, to the challenges posed by the implementation of a structured management plan for babies with newly diagnosed congenital sensorineural hearing loss.

The key-note speech was given by Professor Patrick Bradley of the Head and Neck unit in the University of Nottingham. He discussed his experience in the management and treatment of hypopharyngeal cancer, a difficult clinical entity, and one he has spent a career exploring. This talk encompassed the possible treatments and outcomes for these patients. An interesting discussion ensued, with Professor Bradley answering questions from the floor from trainees and consultants, and stimulating a debate over the most appropriate treatment for these patients.

Following this, delegates were treated to a fascinating talk from Professor Fenton on the links between ENT and the sea. This was held, aptly enough, in the Oceanworld aquarium in Dingle. Dinner was held in the evening in The Skellig Hotel, bringing an enjoyable end to a stimulating meeting.

(from left to right - Professor John Fenton / Secretary, Ms. Laura Viani / President, and Professor Pat Bradley / Invited Speaker)

(Colin O'Rourke receiving his best paper prize from Ms. Laura Viani)