At a General Council meeting of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland in February, 1975 it was decided to establish a Section of General Practice in the Academy. This would increase the circulation of the journal and possibly add to the advertising field. The General Secretary Dr. Malachy Powell was asked to write to a number of representative family doctors and ask them to meet officers of the Academy. An open meeting of General Practitioners had been held and it was evident that such a Section was needed. Dr. F.P. Mudowney proposed and Dr. R.P. Kernan seconded the motion that a Section of General Practice be formed. This was agreed.
The Burke Medal
The Section of General Practice sought permission to arrange an annual lecture with the presentation of a bronze medal to be called “The Burke Medal“. This was agreed by the General Council on Wednesday 7th December 1983.
In December 2009 Professor Fergus O’Kelly, Section President requested that there would be a change of name for the Section’s annual lecture, the Donal Burke lecture. It was agreed that the Section’s Council could decide on the new title.
For list of Recipients of the Burke Memorial Lecture click here