March 2015

Best Student Award At INMED Annual Scientific Meeting

Thu, 12 March 15 11:34

The Graduate Entry Medical School in University of Limerick hosted the INMED Annual scientific meeting, 18-20th February. The theme for this year’s meeting was NEW HORIZONS IN HEALTH PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION: Complexity, Culture and Communication and featured keynote speeches on Clinical Communication from Dr Jonathan Silverman (University of Cambridge) and Professional Learning from Prof Tara Fenwick (University of Stirling).

UCD was well represented with 13 paper submissions and 5 students presenting their continued medical education research projects. The overall prize went to University of Limerick for their research entitled ‘Do, review, learn, apply; intern-led teaching, analysis of a case-based approach’.

UCD medical student Cathal Aherne, supervised by Dr Peter Holloway, took best student award for his research project ‘A novel mind-map slide-show hybrid for the standardised, interactive and graphical presentation of pathology topics.’ Special commendation was also awarded to GEM student Emmaline Ashley, supervised by Dr Jason Last and Dr Suzanne Donnelly, for her research project ‘Patient and advocate-centred education: every patient has a story’.

 Speaking about his recent success, Cathal said

"With 3rd year exams done and summer 2014 before me, I jumped at the chance to tackle a medical education SSRA research project under the supervision of Dr Peter Holloway and a group of seasoned medical educators and researchers, informally known as ‘The MedEd Team’. Together, we undertook to develop and evaluate a new and innovative e-Learning technology of Dr Holloway’s invention.”

“While we were pleased with the subsequent results of the project, I valued the experience along the way even more. I would like to think I have come out with a finer appreciation of the strict design, discipline, critical analysis and teamwork involved in science. I was also grateful to have the opportunity to give an oral presentation at the SSRA final and to attend and present the project at the INMED conference 2015 in Limerick.”

When asked if he would encourage other students to participate in SSRA/ MedEd, Cathal replied

“The SSRA programme and MedEd is a rewarding journey that lays a foundation of skills, competency and familiarity with research that one can call upon, regardless of the direction your career progresses."