Professor Gerry Gormley and PhD researcher Sarah O’Hare from School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queens University, Belfast, UK, visited the LECI group during May 8-9, 2023. Both are medical doctors and long-term collaborators of the LECI group. Their research relates to the simulation-based learning in healthcare, and they have recently opened a Simulation Center at their university. Their work extends the context of simulation into areas that doctors often feel unprepared for such as dealing with ethical and moral dilemmas. Many of their studies draw from activity theoretical perspective, with a specific interest on reciprocal interaction between theory and clinical practice. Core to their work is person-centered care, social justice and well-being of health and social care professionals. When visiting the LECI group, they for example discussed an intervention method named: a ‘SimLab’, which they have been lately developing and implementing. The SimLab was designed to trigger expansive learning and agency formation which medical doctors and teams could utilize for developing care practices, especially emergency care, and for continuing interprofessional education.
For more information, please see:
- Gormley, G. J., Kajamaa, A., Conn, R. L. & O'Hare, S. (2020). Making the invisible visible: A place for utilizing activity theory within in situ simulation to drive healthcare organizational development? Advances in Simulation, 5(29), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1186/s41077-020-00148-8
- Conn R.L., Gormley G.J., O’Hare S., Kajamaa A. (2021). Activity Theory in Health Professions Education Research and Practice. In: Nestel D., Reedy G., McKenna L., Gough S. (eds) Clinical Education for the Health Professions. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-6106-7_30-1