Medical Students test their clinical skills at SimWars

Date Published : February 28th, 2017    Published By : admin

The School of Medicine at University College Dublin hosted ‘SimWars’, a medical simulation competition for medical and nursing students in Ireland on 25th February.

The event was organised by members of the Emergency Medicine Student Society of Ireland EMSSI and saw students work in teams of five to manage a number of simulated medical emergency scenarios which included using medical mannequins, actors and digital technologies. Together these provided students with a realistic and immersive learning experience.

A patient with a simulated seatbelt injury to the chest being assessed in the live final
Pic: Patient with simulated seatbelt injury being assessed
Photo: (Courtesy Ian Stephens)

The event represented an opportunity for students to test not only their clinical skills, but also their ability to work as a team and perform under pressure. Expert emergency doctors and advanced paramedics from Loughlinstown Ambulance Station provided feedback on their collective and individual performances throughout the day, as well as delivering teaching sessions on topical issues within emergency medicine.

A judging panel of Professors and Doctors oversaw the capabilities and decisions of forty students who participated in the competition, representing the medical schools of University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, The Royal College of Surgeons, NUI Galway and University College Cork. Judges included Professor John Ryan, Dr. David Menzies, Dr. Alan Watts, Dr. Lisa Guthrie, Dr. David Monks and Dr. Eimhear Quinn.

SimWars Live Audience
Photo: (Courtesy Ian Stephens)

After managing both a polytrauma and a peri-arrest simulation that morning, teams from Trinity College Dublin and NUI Galway were put forward as the highest performing teams to participate in the SimWars Grand Final, which took place that afternoon in the Garret Fitzgerald Debating Chamber in UCD. In front of a live audience, both teams performed a tight battle with NUI Galway coming out on top to scoop the SimWars Cup for its first year and taking the competition to the West for 2018.

Andy and Simone Loughlinstown AMbulance Station handover
Pic: Andy & Simone of Loughlinstown Ambulance Station had over 'patient' to Trinity College Team
Photo: (Courtesy Ian Stephens)

Two final year medical students at UCD, Jamie Condren and Tiarnán Byrne both organised the event. In a statement to Emergency Times, Jamie said “It is really encouraging to see healthcare students around the country training together alongside doctors and pre-hospital practitioners who have given up time to teach them in the evenings after classes and shifts are done. It’s clear that students recognise the real value of simulation training in terms of bridging the gap between theory and clinical practice.”

SIM WARD Fiachra Morris of NUI Galway accepting the SimWars Trophy from Dr
Pic: (Fiachra Morris, NUI Galway accepting SimWar trophy from Dr. David Menzies)
Photo: (Courtesy Ian Stephens)

Dr. David Menzies, a consultant in emergency medicine at St. Vincent’s University Hospital said “Simulation education plays a key role in the training of emergency physicians. The ‘SimWars’ competition represents a unique opportunity for students to consolidate important clinical and interpersonal skills using this immersive style of learning.”

The organising committee would like to thanks wish to thank all the people, groups and sponsors for their assistance in making this year’s competition such a success, particularly the kind sponsorship from the Medical Protection Society, Martina Byrne of Galen Pharma, SP Services,, Flashpoint Medical Systems, Celtic Laundries and the Pre-hospital Emergency Care Council.

The teams from Trinity College Dublin and NUI Galway who were finalists in the competition
Pic: Finalists: Teams from Trinity College Dublin and NUI Galway
Photo: (Courtesy Ian Stephens)

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