This November, the 10th Annual Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) conference at the ICC Belfast featured teams of healthcare students from disciplines including paramedics, nursing, advanced nurse practitioners and medical students fighting it out for the top prize.
Over two days, the students competed in a series of emergency simulation scenarios performed in front of a live audience and judged by a panel of senior professionals. Our team of Year 2 and 3 BMBS students (Conor Clancy, Anna Demian, Philip Green, Michael McElligott and Jenna McEwen-Doris) participated in this event and reached the semifinal stages.
The students not only benefited from the experience of working on a medical team in a high-pressure scenario but also weeks of clinical training by Dr. Alan Watts, Emergency Medicine Consultant, University Hospital Limerick and Adjunct Senior Lecturer, University of Limerick. The training covered team dynamics in critical care; diagnostic skills using tests such as CT, ECG, X-Ray and blood tests; procedures such as chest drain insertion, BLS and ACLS; as well as training in professional communication within the hospital setting. This offered a great opportunity for students to apply, practice and expand the skills gained in classroom learning.
While the team did not progress beyond the semifinal on this occasion, we look forward to the internal UL GEMS SimWars where a team will be chosen to represent UL at the SimWars Ireland inter-varsity competition at University College Cork in March 2020.
Pictured at SimWars 2019 (L to R: Conor Clancy, Anna Demian, Philip Green, Dr Alan Watts, Jenna McEwen-Doris and Michael McElligott)
Action shots below from SimWars 2019 event