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Saturday 25th February 2017 from 1pm at UCD Student Centre, Belfield

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Sim Wars 2017 | SimWars: Inaugural Student Emergency Medical Simulation Competition

On the 25th February 2017, the UCD School of Medicine will host ‘SimWars’, a medical simulation competition for medical and nursing students in Ireland.

The event has been organised by members of the Emergency Medical Student Society of Ireland (emssi.ie) and will see students work in teams of five to manage a number of simulated medical emergencies. These scenarios will be simulated using medical manikins, actors and the latest digital technologies. Together these will provide students with a realistic and immersive learning experience.

The event represents an opportunity for student 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 will provide feedback on their collective and individual performances throughout the day, as well as deliver teaching sessions on topical issues within emergency medicine. These experts will also select the two highest performing teams to participate in the SimWars Grand Final, which will take place that afternoon in the prestigious surroundings of the Garret Fitzgerald Debating Chamber in UCD.

Forty students are due to take part in this year’s competition, representing the medical schools of University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, The Royal College of Surgeons, NUI Galway and University College Cork. Team preparations are well underway, with images of the teams training widely shared on social media. The winning team are expected host the event next year.

James Condren, a final year UCD medical student who is organising the event along with fellow UCD classmate Tiarnán Byrne said,

“It is really encouraging to see healthcare students around the country training together alongside doctors 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.”

Dr. David Menzies, consultant in emergency medicine at St. Vincent’s University Hospital said of the event,

“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.”

Members of the press and the wider healthcare, educational and political communities are invited to view the SimWars Grand Final, which will begin at 1pm sharp on Saturday the 25th of February at the Garret Fitzgerald Debating Chamber located in the UCD Student Centre.

For Further Information Contact: Tiarnán Byrne Ph: 0862625503 Email: tiarnan.byrne@ucdconnect.ie