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SILVER-Q a golden opportunity for students to experience medical emergencies

SILVER-Q a golden opportunity for students to experience medical emergencies

Published:06 September 2013

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The University of Queensland School of Medicine Rural Clinical School collaborated with CQUniversity and Queensland Health to facilitate a vertically-integrated inter-professional training exercise for medical, nursing and paramedic students recently.

The program called ‘SILVER-Q’ was developed by Norma Robinson from the UQ Rural Clinical School in Toowoomba and is being rolled out across Clinical School sites.

The Rural Clinical School in Rockhampton was transformed into a busy, mock emergency department for the day.

Senior medical, paramedic and nursing supervisors from the local area were in place to ensure students were guided and supported during a series of rolling simulation scenarios.

Paramedics treated and transported patients (actors) to student nurses who initiated treatment and called for student doctors to provide clinical oversight.

The supervisors then provided a full debriefing on clinical, communication and teamwork outcomes.

Feedback from participants was very positive and the program was recognised as a valuable learning exercise in both clinical and teamwork outcomes.

“Barriers were broken down…we learnt how to delegate through understanding the skills and roles of other professionals," one participant said.

“This training is truly relevant to rural medical care as it focuses on the importance of the cohesion of the team," said another.

Dr Alan Richardson supported these comments, saying “this was a fantastic opportunity for collaboration with other professionals".

"It is important that we teach confidence as well as competence," he said.

One the ‘patients’, Josephine O’Sullivan was thoroughly impressed with the calibre of the medical students.

“They have great bedside manner!” she said.

The program will continue across the Central Queensland sites throughout 2014 and will complement the training programs already delivered by the Medical, Nursing and Paramedic schools.

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