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The Educator in Residence at the College is an innovative
new post. Professor Coffey who is a Consultant in
Emergency Medicine and Research and Education Lead in
the Emergency Department at the Queen's Medical Centre
in Nottingham began work in the role in September 2013.
He outlines what it involves. "I am working closely with
Professor Teresa Pawlikowska and the Health Professionals
Education Centre (HPEC) team to develop a simulation
project under the Integrated Clinical Consulting Theme. In
particular I am focusing on the development of a group
of simulated patients or SPs. These are people who are
trained to replicate the symptoms, traits and behaviours
of real patients and can act as proxies for them in training
and assessment. The use of SPs is widespread in the US
and is increasing in the rest of the world. A major benefit
of simulation based education is that it offers the potential
for trainees to practise in a safe environment without
inconveniencing or harming actual patients.
"One of my main objectives is to help to develop a cohort
of trained simulated patients here in Dublin. These will
be a mixture of volunteers and professional SPs. We are
currently working with Professor John O'Byrne to coach
some SPs who will take part in a study at the Department
of Orthopaedics at Cappagh Hospital. Orthopaedics is just
one area where SPs can be really helpful. Over the course
of the residency role, I would hope to see the establishment
of metrics that assess the outcomes delivered by the
educational use of simulation, which could then inform
the development of a comprehensive vision of the role of
simulation in education."
Another key part of Professor Coffey's role will involve
contributing to the plans for a new academic education
building (NAEB). "NAEB is an exciting and far-sighted
project in that the College is looking to integrate state-of-
the-art simulation into its design from the outset. Working
with the HPEC team, my contribution, I hope, will be
to help to ensure a seamless integration of simulation
methodologies and TEL (technology enhanced learning)
into the curriculum at all levels". "I also hope to be involved
in educational research and where possible contribute to
Professor Coffey is enjoying the Educator in Residence Role
and it has given him the opportunity to return to the RCSI
for the first time since he graduated. "It's great to be back.
I have been made very welcome and met many old friends.
The energy and commitment of the staff is inspiring, and, for
me it's a great opportunity in particular to be working with
the very talented HPEC team. It's also a pleasure to be in
an environment where there's such a willingness to take on
board new ideas."
RCSI Matters
had to ask Professor Coffey, as team
doctor to Nottingham Forest, what he thought of the
prospects of the Irish team now that it is managed by two
illustrious ex-Forest players. "Of course both Martin O'Neill
and Roy Keane are Forest legends and you can sense the
excitement growing around the international team. They
look like great appointments and you have to be optimistic
about the impact they will have. And in Nottingham Forest
the Irish connection is still strong with Andy Reid probably
our best player this season and Simon Cox starting to find
his goal-scoring boots again!"
RCSI introduces Educator in Residence
The first RCSI Educator in Residence, an RCSI graduate, class of 1987, Professor Frank
Coffey, took up his new role in September at the start of the 2013/14 academic year.
Professor Coffey spoke to
RCSI Matters
about the role
Professor Frank Coffey