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This week Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), UAE, Health Sciences Division were invited, as part of an international delegation, to visit the University of Limerick’s Graduate Entry Medical School GEMS for a two day medical workshop. Faculty and students from HCT studied and mimicked real-life trauma situations alongside current students on UL’s Practitioner Entry Bachelor of Science in Paramedic Studies.  UL trauma training

Students from the Women’s and Men’s College in Dubai are currently studying for a vocational training programme in Emergency Pre Hospital Medicine and are on a week-long trip visiting other emergency services in Ireland. Ireland has played a key role in the development of the Ambulance Services in the UAE as they use Irish guidelines and regulations to support Ambulance Service practice.

Mark Dixon, Director of Paramedic Studies at GEMS, UL, said, “We are delighted to host the  Emirati delegation who will be offered the identical learning experience as domestic Paramedic Studies students. While our cultures and environments maybe considerable distances apart we hope to see that students from both countries will appreciate that patients requiring their knowledge and skills are the same the world over. As with many professions the international contact of peer students enlightens learning and offers different angles to tackle common problems and conditions.”


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The visit cumulated to accident/trauma scenarios workshop which saw students from both Universities working together in teams. Members of the Limerick City Fire and Rescue along with the National Ambulance Service, Clare Civil Defence and the Irish Coast Guard were all in attendance to stimulate scenarios such as farming and agriculture incidents, road traffic collisions, fall from heights and helicopter evacuation.

Simulation training in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) education is well-known as a learning method that allows students to demonstrate their ability to perform patient assessments and interventions in a safe manner.

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Faculty and students from HCT studied and mimicked real-life trauma situations alongside current students on ULÕs Practitioner Entry Bachelor of Science in Paramedic Studies.
Students from the WomenÕs and MenÕs College in Dubai are currently studying for a vocational training programme in Emergency Pre Hospital Medicine and are on a week-long trip visiting other emergency services in Ireland. Ireland has played a key role in the development of the Ambulance Services in the UAE as they use Irish guidelines and regulations to support Ambulance Service practice.
Picture Oisin MCHugh/FusionShooters.

These situations allow students from both countries to experience high fidelity simulation of events that mimic the stress and communication difficulties of a real trauma environment. It allowed both groups of students to experience working cross-culturally and replicates the interdisciplinary and multicultural nature of working in the healthcare profession.

UL currently offers a practitioner entry BSc programme in Paramedic Studies which has 33 students enrolled. September 2016 will see the first intake of students to the undergraduate BSc degree programme. This will be the first degree of its type in Ireland and research will form an integral part of the new curriculum heralding a new era for pre-hospital practitioners as healthcare professionals on a par with their colleagues in nursing and medicine.

This visit supports UL’s new strategic plan ‘Broadening Horizons’ which sets out clear objectives in terms of internationalisation and the expansion of opportunities for collaboration with institutions overseas.

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