On Friday 22 January, we hosted the most important ceremonial event in the RCR’s calendar − our Admission Ceremony, held online for the first time due to COVID-19. The Admission Ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate those who have attained their Fellowship of the College (FRCR) – a widely recognised and highly regarded mark of considerable achievement and distinction in our two specialties.
Over 160 New Fellows came together to celebrate their achievements. The event was streamed by over 900 people from 31 different countries. Dr Rachel Cooper, Medical Director, Education and Training, Clinical Oncology, acted as the Warden of the Fellowship, announcing the New Fellows in groups as they waved to family and friends who were watching from a distance.
As well as conferring Fellowship on our New Fellows, each Admission Ceremony provides an opportunity to recognise the outstanding achievements of those who have contributed to our specialties. A number of prizes and medals were presented, including the Roentgen Professorship, Frank Ellis Medal and Frank Doyle Medal. The Oncology Registrars Forum and Junior Radiologists Forum trainers of the year were awarded to Dr Alison Stillie (clinical oncology) and Professor Margaret Hall-Craggs (clinical radiology).
Three Honorary Fellows were welcomed – Professor Sir Muir Gray, Professor Herbert Kressel and Professor Ruth Plummer – and two Honorary Members – Dr Catherine Bryant and Mr Geoffrey Podger. Dr Patricia Marin Crespo and
Dr Athanasios Diamantopoulos also received their Fellowship without Examination.
Afterwards, Dr Jeanette Dickson, President of the RCR, said:
‘Welcome to all our new Fellows, it was lovely to see so many happy faces, and congratulations to all our award winners. We look forward to celebrating with them and their families in person when we can.’
We collaborated with video streaming and production company First Sight Media, who delivered a format that is as close to a traditional ceremony as possible. By using a combination of virtual meeting breakout rooms, streaming and personalised clips they created a live, interactive event, featuring many of the elements of a physical ceremony.
Thank you to all those that attended and made the event such a wonderful success. We extend our heartiest congratulations to all award winners and to all our New Fellows.