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MSc AHN Student Part of Healthcare Team Challenge Winning Team

Healthcare Challenge 2015

From left to right: Eric Newson (Dal), Sepideh Behroozan (Dal), Madeleine Bohrer (Dal), Rachel Graham (Dal), Connie Yu (Mount), Meghan Beals (Dal)

My name is Connie Yu, a student enrolled in the MSc.AHN program at MSVU. I had the opportunity to participate in the Healthcare Team Challenge sponsored by the IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University along with 5 other Dalhousie students at the end of January.

We were given a case study with the background of a fictional patient, Shelly, along with three questions related to clinical knowledge and how a multidisciplinary team functions. There were three components to this Healthcare Team Challenge. The initial challenge asked all the teams to analyze the case study and rank Shelly's potential health issues with explanation of our rationale behind it.

On the competition day, teams were given an unrelated on-site challenge to build a structure out of noodles and marshmallows, this activity was for the judges to assess our ability to collaborate under stressful situation.

The last component of the challenge was a public presentation by all members on the team addressing four case-related questions that had been provided earlier, as well as an additional question asked by the judge that aimed to assess the team's capability to come up with a well-rounded answer within a short period of time.

After a 3-hour competition, our team was announced the winner of the Healthcare Team Challenge against the other five teams! The six of us will represent Nova Scotia to compete in the National Healthcare Team Challenge in March at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. This is the first time they've had a Mount student participate in the challenge, we certainly hope that we could form a partnership with Dalhousie and the IWK Health Centre on this kind of event in the future! We are all very excited about this opportunity and hope we'll bring good news back to Nova Scotia! 

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