Research Profile

Helen Hynes

Biography

Dr. Helen Hynes (née Phelan) graduated in medicine from UCC in 1992, where she now lectures in Clinical Science and Practice in the School of Medicine. She is currently acting director of UCC 5 year medical degree programme.

She has extensive experience in clinical medicine in the fields of General Practice and Emergency Medicine. 

She is a Member of the Irish College of General Practice and has a Masters Degree in Medical Education from Queen's University Belfast (2009). 

Dr. Hynes is particularly interested in the use of simulation and technology in medical education, reducing medical error,  assessment, and preparedness for professional practice. 

She is an member of the Irish Medical Council's Assessor Panel and has organised the Medical Council's Pre-Registration Examination for international Medical Graduates in UCC from 2014 to date. 

Dr Hynes is the Year 2 co-ordinator for the GEM programme, and module co-ordinator for GM2013, GM2015, and CP5500.  

Research Interests

Self-Directed Learning: subject of Masters Thesis
Simulation Based Teaching of Emergency Medicine
Patient Safety
Assessment in Medical Education



Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
PATIENT ProjectERASMUS
Medical Council"Re-Design Level 3 exams"Dr H HynesIrish Funded Research Non Exchequer30-JUN-1531-JUL-18€7,694.00

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2015)'COLLaboration on AGEing-COLLAGE: Ireland's three star reference site for the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA)'
O’Caoimh, R.,Sweeney, C.,Hynes, et al (2015) 'COLLaboration on AGEing-COLLAGE: Ireland's three star reference site for the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA)'. European Geriatric Medicine, 6 (5):505-511   [Details]
(2013)'An evaluation of high fidelity simulation training for paramedics in Ireland'
David Power, Patrick Henn, Paul O’Driscoll, Theresa Power, John McAdoo, Helen Hynes, Stephen Cusack (2013) 'An evaluation of high fidelity simulation training for paramedics in Ireland'. International Paramedic Practice, 3 (1):11-18 [Details]
(2013)'The At-Risk Medical Student - What More Can We Do?'
Maher, B, Sweeney, C. Hynes, H, O'Flynn, S (2013) 'The At-Risk Medical Student - What More Can We Do?'. Irish Medical Journal, [Details]
(2012)'A study of innovative patient safety education'
Pat Henn, Simon Smith, Robert Gaffney, Helen Hynes; (2012) 'A study of innovative patient safety education'. The Clinical Teacher, [Details]
(2011)'Medical safety: using end objectives to drive learning'
Smith, S,Henn, P,Gaffney, R,Hynes, H,McAdoo, J,Bradley, C (2011) 'Medical safety: using end objectives to drive learning'. Medical Education, 45 :757-757 [DOI] [Details]
(1996)'Genitourinary Dysfunction in the Older Irish Woman'
Hynes, H; Hynes, M; Jenkins, D.; (1996) 'Genitourinary Dysfunction in the Older Irish Woman'. FORUM: Journal of the Irish College of General Practiti, :16-18 [Details]
(1993)'Night Sedation in Pregnancy'
Phelan, H; O' Shaughnessy, G; O'Cuill, D; (1993) 'Night Sedation in Pregnancy'. Irish Medical Journal, 86 (3):107-107 [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2015)Irish Network of Medical Educators
H Hynes, P Henn, B Maher, H Drachsler, S Stoyanov, C Orrego, L Stieger (2015) Designing Learning Outcomes For Handover Teaching of Medical Students using Group Concept Mapping Irish Network of Medical Educators [Details]
(2014)AMEE
Hynes H., Stoyanov, S., Drachsler H., Maher, B., Orrego C., Secanell M., Stieger L., Druener, S., Sopka, S., Henn, P. (2014) Designing Learning Outcomes for Handover Teaching of Medical Students using Group Concept Mapping AMEE [Details]
(2014)EMS Gathering 2014
Parkes E, Hynes H (2014) A comparative study of the effectiveness of supraglottic airways inserted during uninterrupted chest compressions by irish healthcare professionals and medical students EMS Gathering 2014 University of Limerick, [Details]
(2014)Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare
Patrick Henn, Helen Hynes, Bridget Maher, Hendrik Drachsler, Slavi Stoyanov, Carola Ortega, Sasa Sopka (2014) Developing Learning Outcomes for Handover Training for Medical Students Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare [Details]
(2013)Patient safety First
Henn P, Smith D, Gaffney G, Hynes H, Power T, Maher B, McAdoo J (2013) Patient Safety Training for Medical Students Patient safety First [Details]
(2013)Irish Gerontological Society 61st Annual and Scientific Meeting
Sweeney C, Molloy DW, O’Caoimh R, Bond R, Hynes H, McGlade C, Shorten G (2013) European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing: Ireland and the COLLAGE experience Irish Gerontological Society 61st Annual and Scientific Meeting , pp.278-279 [Details]
(2012)INMED 2012
Hynes, H; Smith, SD; Henn, P; Gaffney, R; Power, T; McAdoo, J; Power, D (2012) Safe Students: Safe Doctors INMED 2012 [Details]
(2012)INMED 2012
Gaffney, R; Henn, P; Hynes, H; Joy, A; McAdoo, J; Power, D; Power, T; Schiller, U; Smith, S. (2012) When Meti-Man Met the Medical Students INMED 2012 [Details]
(2012)AMEE 2012
Helen Hynes, Simon Smith, Patrick Henn, Robert Gaffney, Theresa Power, John McAdoo, Colin Bradley (2012) The simulated ward: helping students become safer doctors AMEE 2012 Lyon, France, , 26-AUG-12 - 29-AUG-12 [Details]
(2011)Engaging Minds: Active learning, participation and collaboration in Higher Education
Helen Hynes, Simon Smith, Pat Henn and Robert Gaffney; (2011) Reducing vulnerability to medical error Engaging Minds: Active learning, participation and collaboration in Higher Education [Details]
(2011)Simulation Summit, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada, Montreal, November 2011
Aislinn Joy, Helen Hynes, Rachel Ellaway, David Topps, Kevin laChapelle (2011) Learning to Collaborate Remotely, in Real Time, Through a Platform of Integrated Simulation Devices Simulation Summit, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada, Montreal, November 2011 [Details]
(2008)Cork University Hospital Study Day
Hynes, H.; Boohan, M.; O'Flynn, S.; (2008) Self-Directed Learning- A Challenge for the Graduate Entry Medical Programme Cork University Hospital Study Day [Details]
(2008)Irish Network of Medical Educators
Hynes, H.; Boohan, M; O'Flynn, S.; (2008) Self Directed Learning- Are Students Ready? The UCC Experience Irish Network of Medical Educators [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2011President's Award for Research on Innovative Forms of Teaching and Learning University College Cork

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Irish College of General Practitioners Member/
Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council Accredited Instructor/
Irish Heart Foundation Accredited Instructor/

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2013)GMA 2013,
Saša Sopka, Susanne Druener, Lina Stieger, Hendrik Drachsler, Kathleen Hartkopf, Carola Orego, Mariona Secanell, Bridget Maher, Pat Henn, Helen Hynes (2013) Annual Conference of German Association for Medical Education. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], GMA 2013, Graz, Austria , 27-SEP-13 - 27-OCT-13. [Details]
(2013)Irish Gerontological Society,
Sweeney, C,Molloy, W,O'Caoimh, R,Bond, R,Hynes, H,McGlade, C,Shorten, G (2013) European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing: Ireland and the COLLAGE Experience. [Poster Presentation], Irish Gerontological Society, ISG, Dublin . [Details]
(2012)Medical Alumni Annual Scientific Conference UCC,
Maher B, Sweeney C, Hynes H, Doran K, Khashan A, O'Rourke M, Haaris A, O'flynn S (2012) Medical School Attrition at UCC – A Ten-Year Retrospective Study. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Medical Alumni Annual Scientific Conference UCC, University College Cork , 13-SEP-12 - 13-SEP-12. [Details]
(2011)Engaging Minds: Active learning, participation and collaboration in Higher education,
Helen Hynes, Simon Smith, Pat Henn, Robert Gaffney; (2011) National Academy for Integration of Research Teaching and Learning, Annual Conference 2011. [Oral Presentation], Engaging Minds: Active learning, participation and collaboration in Higher education, National University of Ireland, Galway , 09-JUN-11 - 10-JUN-11. [Details]
(2011)Human Factors in Healthcare : Clinical Indemnity Scheme,
Hynes H, Smith S, Henn P, Gaffney R, Power T, McAdoo J, Power D (2011) Innovative Patient Safety Education. [Invited Oral Presentation], Human Factors in Healthcare : Clinical Indemnity Scheme, Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin , 24-NOV-11 - 24-NOV-11. [Details]
(1996)Irish Menopause Society Annual Study Day,
Hynes, H.; Hynes, M.; Jenkins, D.; (1996) Genitourinary Dysfunction in the Older Irish Woman. [Oral Presentation], Irish Menopause Society Annual Study Day, Cork , 01-OCT-96 - 01-OCT-97. [Details]
(1995)Irish Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Scientific Meeting,
Hynes, H.; Fenton, V.; (1995) An Audit of the First 100 Cases of Transcervical Resection of the Endometrium in The Erinville Hospital, Cork. [Oral Presentation], Irish Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Scientific Meeting, Cork , 27-MAY-95 - 27-MAY-95. [Details]
(1992)Cork University Hospital Study Day,
Phelan, H.; O'Shaughnessy, G.; O'Cuill, D.; (1992) Night Sedation in Pregnancy. [Oral Presentation], Cork University Hospital Study Day, Cork , 26-JUN-92 - 26-JUN-92. [Details]
(1992)Irish Perinatal Society's Annual Study Day,
Phelan, H.; O'Shaughnessy, G.; O'Cuill, D.; (1992) Night Sedation in Pregnancy. [Oral Presentation], Irish Perinatal Society's Annual Study Day, Cork , 02-MAY-92 - 02-MAY-92. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
5 Year Oversight Committee Chair (acting 2018/2019)2015 /
GEM Oversight Committee Member2013 /

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Lecturer in Clinical Science and Practice23-AUG-10 /
University College Cork Occasional Teaching Contract29-OCT-07 / 01-JUL-10
South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital Registrar in Emergency Medicine01-JUL-98 / 30-JUN-06
Western Australia Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine General Practitioner01-APR-98 / 06-DEC-98
Cork University Hospital Senior House Officer in Emergency Medicine01-JUL-96 / 31-DEC-96
Cork Vocational Training Scheme in General Practice General Practice Trainee01-JUL-93 / 30-JUN-96
Cork University Hospital Intern01-JUL-92 / 30-JUN-93

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1992University College Cork MB, BCh, BAOMedicine
1994Conjoint Board of Royal Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons (Ireland) DCH - Diploma in Child HealthPaediatrics
1995Royal College of Physicians (Ireland) D Obst - Royal College of PhysiciansObstetrics
1996Royal College of General Practitioners Membership of the Royal College of General PractitionersGeneral Practice
1996Irish College of General Practitioners Membership of the Irish College of General PractitionersGeneral Practice
2009Queen's University Belfast MSc Health SciencesMedical Education

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
German BasicBasicFunctional
Irish FunctionalFunctionalFunctional
French BasicBasicFunctional

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
Medical Council
Blueprinting of the Pre-registration Level 3 Examination (PRES) and redesign of PRES.

Outreach Activities

 Description

Regular contributor to Prep for Med (UCC School of Medicine's introduction to medicine for Transition Year students), and to the UCC General Open Days and Graduate Entry to Medicine Open Days.

  • Member of K-CoRD -Kinsale community response to dementia. This is a community group funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies to enable people with dementia to remain at home and active in their own communities. See www.kcord.ie for further details.

  • Member of COLLAGE - Collaboration on Ageing - Ireland's 3 star reference site for the European Innovation Project on Active and Healthy Ageing. This has involved work at a local, national and European level, with the aim to add quality life years to all European citizens. See www.collage-ireland.eu .

  • Collaboration with the Cork Healthy Cities project, to have Cork recognised as an Age Friendly City under the WHO Healthy Cities Project. http://agefriendlyireland.ie

  • Advisor to schools in local community regarding science related activities for the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

  • First aid teaching in local community - Girl Guides, Boy Scouts.

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

I currently coordinate GM2013 and GM2015, which are both clinical 15 credit modules for the 2nd year of the Graduate Entry to Medicine programme in UCC. I am Year 2 GEM Coordinator. Previously, I co-ordinated GM1010, Integrated Patient Centred Clinical Science and Practice. This is the 15 credit clinical module for first year graduate entry medical students. 

I coordinate CP5500 which is the Preparedness for Professional Practice module for Final Year graduate entry and direct entry medical students. This includes procedural skills, essential intern skills training, and emergency medical training, and is assessed by a combination of an online portfolio, a situational judgement test, and an inter professional prescribing task.

My aim in teaching is to produce doctors who are equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to begin their medical careers. I have a particular interest in Simulation-Based Teaching and Learning, Patient Safety, Clinical Skills Teaching and Emergency Medicine. 

My Masters Thesis explored Self-Directed Learning Readiness in Year One Medical Students. 

Research Information

Internal Collaborators

 NameInstituteCountry
Patrick Henn UCC, Medical Education UnitIRELAND

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Carola Orrego Avedis Donabedian Institute, BarcelonaSPAIN
Hendrik Drachsler Open University of the NetherlandsHOLLAND

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