Abbeyfeale woman gets hip with technology

first_imgNewsLocal NewsAbbeyfeale woman gets hip with technologyBy Alan Jacques – May 7, 2017 1260 Advertisement Brid AherneBrid AherneABBEYFEALE physiotherapist Brid Aherne has won a top prize at a conference for aspiring surgeons in the UK for her e-learning tutorial that helps medical students train in orthopaedic surgery.Brid (35), who went back into education to become an orthopaedic specialist, helped develop software which has since been accepted as part of the curriculum for the University of Bristol.The Limerick woman, now based in Bristol, was recently awarded joint first prize for Medical Students Oral at the Aspiring Surgeons’ Conference run by Britain’s oldest surgical college, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Working with a team of four medical students at the University of Bristol, Brid developed the software with the aim of providing every student equal knowledge about particular orthopaedic surgical techniques, irrespective of their operating theatre experience.Although it does not replace time spent on placement in theatre, the software strongly enhances training, adding another layer that provides not only visual experience, but also acts as a revision resource.“With an ever-ageing population, the management of hip surgical patients, elective or trauma, before, during or after their hip surgery, will be a part of every junior doctor’s workload,” Brid explained.“With this in mind, along with the fact that e-learning is an evolving and expanding resource, we aimed to harness the potential of interactive online learning to increase access to clinical anatomy, surgical knowledge and patient management in orthopaedics”.The project was developed with guidance from orthopaedic surgeons at the university, following research into methods and theories of teaching. The finished software includes anatomical training, an interactive 3D model of the hip joint, and videos of hip surgery with voiceovers. “We hope that our resource will improve clinical practice and the care of orthopaedic patients by providing online resources that augment existing training,” she Alan [email protected] Previous articleHomelessness in Limerick going in wrong directionNext articleThree year funding delay for LEADER projects Alan Jacques TAGSAbbeyfealeBrid AherneBristollimerickRoyal College of Surgeons of EdinburghUniversity of Bristol Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Linkedin Print Emailcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WhatsApp Twitter Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

Anger as driver who ran down student escapes jail sentence

first_imgFamily and friends of Tsz Fok, the cyclist killed on his bike outside the Kings Arms, have expressed their anger that the driver of the truck that ran him over will not be jailed.Trevor Ashworth, 31, was given a £500 fine and banned from driving for eight months last Thursday after District Judge Brian Loosley delivered a verdict of careless driving.The Worcester College student died in April last year after his bike was hit by Ashworth’s refuse lorry at the junction of Broad Street and Parks Road.Speaking outside Wantage Magistrates’ Court, family friend Htun Aye said he felt Ashworth should have been jailed. He said, “My personal feelings are he should have got a custodial sentence.He added, “Tsz’s family are not coping very well. They are still devastated and find it very difficult at this time. He did not deliberately set out to kill Tsz, but unfortunately, it is a matter of fact that a young character – a person whose life was just starting – has been taken.”Summing up, Judge Loosley said Ashworth should have known his mirror was not adjusted properly, a factor which resulted in the driver not having a clear view as he turned left. However he also added that Fok was not blameless as he should have waited for Ashworth to turn before he set off from the traffic lights.Cycling organisations also condemned the verdict. In an article in the Oxford Mail, James Styring, Chairman of Oxford cycling campaign group Cyclox, said, “This seems to most an extraordinarily light sentence, which sends out the message that life is cheap. A heavier fine may force drivers to take more notice of the condition of their  vehicles before driving.”A third year Worcester student said, “I feel sympathy for almost everyone involved and don’t necessarily think a prison sentence would be appropriate for the driver. But I do think that £500 is an insultingly small sum to make up for a life lost – it would probably have been better for the judge not to give a fine at all.”Speaking after the verdict Worcester JCR President Maanas Jain said, “Clearly the driver is upset and deeply regrets his actions, but that of course does in no way excuse them. In a perfect world it might be possible to shift the blame of one man’s death on to another’s shoulders and in some cases we as a society are absolutely right to do so.” He added, “This is obviously a very difficult time for Tsz’s family and the students of Worcester. Emotions are still very raw from the tragic event… Many in the JCR are keen to look forwards and to celebrate his great life rather than becoming diverted by the legal wranglings that have surrounded the event in recent weeks.Last Saturday more than 200 people attended a memorial service held in honour of Tsz, at St Barnabas and St Paul’s Church in Jericho.last_img read more