October 2017 | Deireadh Fómhair 2017

Irish Medical Students win European Neurology Competition

Mon, 23 October 17 16:54

A team of medical students from University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin were recent champions at The Move Neurology competition at the Pitie-Salpêtrière, Paris – the birthplace of modern day neurology.  Professor Emmanuel Flamand-Roze who teaches clinical neurology at the Pitié-Salpêtrière and the Pierre and Marie University Paris devised a novel teaching technique, “The Move” to help young medical students learn neurology. 

Neurophobia described by Professor Niall Tubridy, amongst others, is a well-recognised fear of neurology which exists amongst medical students. The Move aims to tackle this fear and untangle the perceived complexity of neurology through simulation-based learning techniques for various neurological complaints.  By stepping into the patient’s shoes and symptoms the student gains a greater understanding of what it is like to have a neurological illness.  In so doing their understanding of neurology and empathy is greatly enhanced - skills which they can carry forward as young practitioners. 

The inaugural Move final brought together a team of medical students from Paris and Dublin. They showcased their neurological skills in a battle much like the televisions programme “The Voice”, but instead of belting out Mariah’s latest hits, neurological semiology was on show.  An international judging panel comprised of Constance Flamand-Roze (President of the committee), Professor Michael Hutchinson and Niall Tubridy from St. Vincent’s University Hospital,Dublin and Professor Alexis Brice and Celine Louapre from the Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris judged the students and declared the Irish team winners after a hard-fought battle. Since then, this novel teaching technique has gained momentum and is being incorporated into the teaching curriculum of several University teaching hospitals throughout Europe. 

Irish medical students onstage in Paris performing neurology semiology 

Irish medical students onstage in Paris performing neurology semiology

Coverage on French media of this novel teaching technique has created a greater awareness of neurological illness.  Preparations for next year’s battle is already well under way as the Irish team prepare in earnest to defend their title.


With thanks to Dr Eavan McGovern

Dr McGovern (UCD Medicine 2007), formerly specialist registrar in neurology and UCD Clinical Tutor at St Vincent’s University Hospital was recently awarded a Dr. Richard Steevens' Scholarship. She is currently undertaking a one year Clinical Fellowship in Transitional Care Neurology in the Brain and Spine Institute, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris. [more]