The U21 Health Sciences Group held their annual conference at the University College Dublin (UCD) from 2nd to 6th September 2013. This is a unique conference as it brings together all disciplines in the Health sciences interacting in their own unique way. Delegates arrived in Dublin from across the Universitas 21 network including representatives from Dentistry and Pharmacy at the University of Birmingham.
Following on from the successful meeting in Birmingham, two of our dental students Cristina Parenti and Maryam Ezzeldin participated in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals meeting that preceded the main U21 meeting. There was lecture and discussion about Global Healthcare in the 21st Century followed by Student competition winners’ presentations. The delegates also discussed the future activities of the UNMDG group.
The main U21 meeting highlighted Clinical Leadership in Healthcare Delivery and Patient Safety. The speakers covered clinical leadership and putting patients before providers. The talks were thought provoking and the second day saw this topic taken further forward as the focus turned to the Digital Revolution and the era of the e-Patient. These were further discussions in the breakout sessions. The U21 Health Sciences meeting lived up to its billing of being highly informative and with its pulse on topics that are relevant to everyday clinical practice. I was left with the tag line from one of the speakers on making change which summed up the spirit of the meeting “think globally, act locally”.