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Special Study Option in Community Learning

Special Study Option in Community Learning - Teaching Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation to School Children

Course Director: Dr. Maureen Kelly

A graduate of NUI Galway, Maureen is a GP by training. She now works exclusively in Academic General Practice. She lectures in the Discipline of General Practice, NUI Galway and is Associate Programme Director of the Western Training Programme in General Practice. Her areas of expertise include communication skills in the consultation, attitude awareness, personal and professional development, medical education and selection of medical students. She is a firm believer in Community Engagement and has led a number of projects between the Medical School and the Gaeltacht Community, including the placement of Irish speaking medical students in Gaeltacht GP practices (collaboration with Údarás na Gaeltachta) and the Clár Ambasadóireachta Scoil an Leighis, a pilot collobaration between the Medical School and local Gaeltacht national and secondary schools.

Course title: Special Study Option in Community Learning - Teaching Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation to School Children
Subject: Medical Professionalism MD139
Year: First and Second Year Medicine
Hour: TBC
The SSM currently forms 25% of the marks available for the 10 credit module Medical Professionalism MD139
Length: 10 week period between Jan and March
Community Partners: Scoil Naisiunta Na Bhforbacha, Scoil Iognaid (Galway), Saint Mary's College (Primary school), Saint Mary's Road, Galway, Mercy Primary School (Scoil Linbh Iosa), Saint Francis Street, Galway

Special Study Option in Community Learning - Teaching Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation to School Children

This Special Study Option entails First and Second Year Medical Students teaching Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to national school children. It is based, with permission, on the ABC model devised by Queen's University Belfast. It comprises revision workshops on CPR, a workshop on the principals of Community Engagement and workshops on how to teach a clinical skill. Following this students are then tasked with creating an interactive workshop for school children, incorporating the principals from the ABC model. The workshop is also designed in the Irish language for delivery in Irish speaking national schools. Students also have to engage with the local schools to ensure that their workshop meets the identified needs of each school involved. Then each group of students visits their nominated school and delivers the workshop to the school children. Workshops last approx 1 ½ hours. Feedback is sought from the school children and teachers.

Teaching Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation to School Children is a real opportunity for students to make a difference. It gives students a chance to share their medical knowledge in a tangible way long before they graduate. They benefit from having to hone their organisational and communication and clinical skills, practice their use of Irish, presentation skills and develop reflective practice. Following the workshop students have to make a group presentation and report on the project as well as complete an individual reflective essay demonstrating what they learned from the SSM that will help them with their professional development as doctors. Assessment of the SSM entails a group and individual score.