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Clinical Simulation Fellows 2012-2013

A new cohort of six Fellows joined us in September 2012 for six months to concentrate on mapping the curricula to simulation opportunities and developing simulation packages/scenarios. They each presented a poster on their projects at the Fifth Annual Clinical Simulation Conference on 29 November 2012:

Chris Busuttil

An image of Chris BusuttilChris has been a consultant in Emergency medicine for five years. He graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine in 1997 and completed his specialist training locally in the Wessex deanery.

His interest in simulation and it application in clinical education has developed since he was involved in setting up the simulator centre at the Royal Hampshire County hospital. Currently based at the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, Chris is a TEAMS centre faculty member and leads for Emergency medicine simulation in the Trust. In addition, he has recently taken on the role of regional lead for Emergency medicine simulation and is a member of the College of Emergency Medicine Simulation group.

He is looking forward to the prospect of EM simulation fellowship over the next six months and the opportunity to develop a simulation package for EM trainees that can be embedded into the regional training programme.

Alex Cope

An image of Alex CopeAlex is an SpR in General Surgery in the Oxford Deanery with a passion for Medical Education research. She has a Masters in Surgical Education and is just completing a PhD from Imperial College London with a thesis entitled ‘The pedagogy of the operating theatre’. In the last year she has spent time working in Simulation Centres in Ottawa and Montreal, Canada.

Her sub-specialty clinical interest is Colorectal surgery combined with a strong interest in Emergency and Trauma surgery.

As a Simulation Fellow she will map the competencies of the ISCP (Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Project) for Core Surgical Trainees to simulation practice. Alex is keen to set up regular simulation training in both procedural and team-working skills for all Core Surgical Trainees and will be working across several sites in the Deanery to establish an integrated program.

Away from the workplace Alex enjoys singing, performing regularly as a soloist, playing piano and competitively races a classic yacht in the Med.

Rhiannon Furr

An image of Rhiannon FurrRhiannon is a Paediatric ST7 trainee with an interest in medical education and overseas medicine. During recent trips to Africa she has taught Neonatal Resuscitation to over 500 clinicians in Zimbabwe and Uganda.

Her involvement in medical training began with organising MRCPCH clinical exams and writing questions for Part II MRCPCH .  As Paediatric Simulation Fellow she is enjoying further extending her interest from assessment of trainees into education of trainees.

 The project aim is to fully integrate a curriculum-mapped programme of simulation into paediatric training across the region.

Suzie Gill

An image of Suzie GillI am a GP working in Bedfordshire. I did my medical and GP training in the Oxford deanery. I have a strong interest in medical education and GP training and am currently co-ordinating educational events for new GP s in Buckinghamshire. I have recently finished a project introducing a co-ordinated leadership programme to the final year of GP training in the Oxford Deanery.

My simulation project involves mapping the MRCGP curriculum to identify simulation learning opportunities. The aim is to develop of a collection of simulation scenarios which can be accessed by everyone involved in GP training.

Liz Tate

An image of Liz TateLiz Tate is an ST5 in forensic psychiatry in Wessex with interests in mental health law and education. She trained in Southampton where she also did an intercalated BSc , and is now doing a masters degree in mental health law. Having never seriously considered psychiatry as a career choice until a particularly excellent F2 post she is now passionate about her specialty which she finds endlessly fascinating. As a LTFT trainee working 80% with two children under four she has had to take her time management skills to a whole new level over the last few years.

Her project involves mapping the psychiatry curriculum in order to identify areas where clinical simulation could be incorporated into a new advanced training programme for higher trainees in psychiatry and primary care focusing on improving confidence and performance in assessing and managing real life mental health scenarios.

Luke Williamson

An image of Luke WilliamsonLuke has finished his Foundation Year 1 & 2 rotations in the Oxford Deanery. He has developed a keen interest in medical education and acute medicine. He is working towards the final part of the MRCP exam, and is a non-stipendiary lecturer in Clinical Medicine for St Hugh's College, Oxford.

Care of the Elderly medicine is a growing specialty, alongside current demographic changes in the UK , having significant implications for health economics and patient care.

High quality care of the elderly medicine not only requires good knowledge of acute medicine and pharmacology, but also good leadership and communication skills, working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

The Care of the Elderly Medicine Simulation project will involve designing simulation training sessions which can achieve the learning outcomes specified in the Royal Colleges of Physicians' Core Medical Training syllabus.

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