Dr. Paul O' Connor - Simulation Programme Director

Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety Course Directors

Paul O’Connor, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons)

Dr O’Connor holds a PhD in Psychology from Aberdeen University, Scotland and has over 12 years’ experience in developing, delivering, and evaluating training designed to improve performance in high risk environments (e.g. healthcare, nuclear power and military) in the UK, U.S, and Ireland.

He has developed and evaluated a number of training, and other systems, designed to improve the performance of U.S. Navy Special Forces and U.S. Naval aviation. He was also the Deputy Director of the Modelling, Virtual Environments and Simulation Center at the Naval Postgraduate School, California.

Paul is the Director of Research at the Irish Centre for Applied Patient Safety and Simulation (ICAPSS) at Galway University Hospital and NUI Galway. Paul has worked in the National University of Ireland, Galway for the last three years where he is a lecturer in Primary Care. He has authored more than 80 publications concerned with improving human performance in high-risk work environments.

Dr. Dara Byrne

Dara Byrne MB, BCh, BAO, FRCSI, MCh, MMEd Ed, CHSE

Dr. Byrne is a Senior Lecturer in Simulation and Medical Education in the School of Medicine National University of Ireland, Galway and the Director of Simulation at ICAPSS at Galway University Hospital and for the Saolta University Health Care Group in the West of Ireland.

She is a graduate of University College Dublin and obtained her fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1997. She has a Masters in Surgery and Medical Education and is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE).

She is the Intern Coordinator for the West Northwest Intern Training Network and designed and delivered simulation based training programmes to improve levels of preparedness for clinical practice – intern bootcamp, basic. level 2 and 3 procedural skills workshops, prep for SHO skills workshops, management of common medical and surgical emergencies.

She introduced transitioning programmes and more recently a junior internship programme into the final year curriculum in the medical school.

Her areas of interest are levels of preparedness for clinical practice and the intern year (PGY1). She has presented internationally and published in both these areas.

She is CEO of a medical education solutions company DocDaingean Teoranta who specialise in simulation based healthcare learning – virtual patient platform MedicalExamTutor.com is an interactive decision making tool that has been designed to improve clinical reasoning in junior doctors and hospitalinduction.com is designed to induct new doctors onto the clinical site.

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