Medical Education Fellows blog, January 2023

Medical escape room

This month we were very excited to introduce our first ever Medical Escape Room! This was a Christmas themed simulation with an added ‘tangled’ twist… breaking our patient Mabel out of all the Christmas decorations she was tangled up in! This was not a straight forward A-E Assessment by any means. We had Year 4 and 5 students involved in teams of 3-4 attempting to go through a complicated convoluted series of tasks within the simulation. Tasks ranged from interpreting CXRs, ABGs, blood results, multiple ECGs, prescribing complicated medications, requesting special tests and managing various injuries.

Our students came out fighting and had their best clinical reasoning skills on show, with a significant amount of Christmas cheer. We received some great feedback on this, but we also learnt so many things from this experience, and cannot wait to run our next Medical Escape Room in February for – *drum roll* – Valentine’s Day! <3  

Wellbeing – FY Christmas activities

Keeping the Christmas spirit going, the Wellbeing team at the Trust held a festive extravaganza across both sites on the 13 and 16 December. Activities included Christmas card-making, meeting some fluffy friends and socialising with music over mince pies and pizza. The events were well-received by the doctors, who left with chocolate goodies, cupcakes and lots of smiles! 

Undergraduate Year 5 University Challenge

We are really sad to be saying goodbye to our final year students from King’s as they venture off into the final phase of revision for their finals. For their last few sessions, instead of our traditional teaching tutorials, we ran a University Challenge session for them. We had participants from St George’s also, but we mixed the teams up to allow for a more collaborative effort!

With teams of 3-4 people, each team got a ‘buzzer’. The system we used was an online buzzer system called – which was able to tell us who buzzed the fastest (as you can imagine, this quickly became very competitive). We had two rounds; one was a medical round, and the second was a general knowledge round.

Phones were dropped, buzzers were abused, and there was a lot of celebratory exclamations and heated arguments… all in the name of winning University Challenge. It proved to be a success with everyone being awarded trophies and chocolates for participation and excellent clinical reasoning skills.