Research at UCC ASSERT

ASSERT research programme is committed to creating, understanding and sharing knowledge.

ASSERT’s research programme is explicitly undertaken to advance and support the delivery of real-world solutions in healthcare, healthcare education and healthcare technological innovation at a national and global level.

ASSERT is focused on supporting, designing, developing, enhancing and implementing interdisciplinary research that fosters and enables a community of academics, healthcare professionals and industry engage in a collaborative, cohesive and synergistic manner to achieve these solutions.

Research Projects


Maire Caitlin Casey,  Eoin S O’Broin, Dept. of Plastic Surgery, CUH.


The ancient principle of primum non nocere is highly relevant when considering surgery of the lateral skull base and of the Temporal Bone.

The surgeon is required to carry out microscopic dissection in close proximity to the Brain, Facial Nerve, Sigmoid Sinus, Cochlea and Semi-Circular Canals, one tiny slip can have catastrophic effects on the patient!

Regular cadaveric dissection in the laboratory is the only way the surgeon can acquire the requisite skills necessary to carry out this very delicate surgery.

The ASSERT Centre provides a unique facility with work stations consisting of operating microscopes, electrical drills and surgical instruments; enabling surgeons in training to hone their skills in an appropriate setting for the ultimate benefit of their patients.

It is the only centre in Ireland which allows regular weekly access to surgeons and is under the governance of the Dept. of Otorhinolaryngology at the South Infirmary/Victoria University Hospital Cork

Publications 2020

Validation of phlebotomy performance metrics developed as part of a proficiency-based progression initiative to mitigate wrong blood in tube.

O’Herlihy N, Griffin S, Henn P, Gaffney r, Cahill MR, Gallagher AG.

Postgraduate Medical Journal Published Online First: 17 August 2020. doi:10.1136/postgradmedj-2019-137254

Impact of hearing loss on clinical interactions between older adults and health professionals: a systematic review

Smith, S., Nordin, M.A.B., Hinchy, T., Henn, P., O’Tuathaigh, C.M.P. Eur Geriatr


Age-related hearing loss and provider-patient communication across primary and secondary care settings: a cross-sectional study

Simon Smith, Nur Syifa Ilyani Abd Manan, Shannon Toner, Amr Al Refaie, Nicole Müller, Patrick Henn, Colm M P O’Tuathaigh.

Age and Ageing, Published:07 April 2020

Publications 2019

Simulation test: can medical devices pass ?

Power D, O’Donovan K, Deasy C, Henn P.

BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning  Published Online First: 09 October 2019.

doi: 10.1136/bmjstel-2019-000519

Service evaluation of diabetes management during pregnancy in a regional maternity hospital: potential scope for increased self-management and remote patient monitoring through mHealth solutions

Abdelrahim Alqudah, Paul McMullan, Anna Todd, Conor O’Doherty, Anne McVey, Mae McConnell, John O’Donoghue, Joe Gallagher, Chris J. Watson & Lana McClements

BMC Health Services Researchvolume 19, Article number: 662 (2019)

Simulation training: our passport to a successful future in medicine

Claire M. McCarthy, 1 Orfhlaith E. O’Sullivan,1 Barry A. O’Reilly1,2,3

First published as 10.1136/bmjstel-2019-000491 on 29 June 2019

Validation studies of virtual reality simulation performance metrics for mechanical thrombectomy in ischemic stroke Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery

Robert Crossley, Thomas Liebig, Markus Holtmannspoetter, Johan Lindkvist, Pat Henn, Lars Lonn, Anthony Gerald Gallagher

Published Online First: 17 January 2019. doi: 10.1136/neurintsurg-2018-014510

Publications 2018

Handover training for medical students: a controlled educational trial of a pilot curriculum in Germany.

Laura Thaeter, Hanna Schröder, Lina Henze, Jennifer Butte, Patrick Henn, Rolf Rossaint, Saša Sopka

BMJ Open 2018;8:e021202. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-021202

Metric-Based Virtual Reality Simulation – A Paradigm Shift in Training for Mechanical Thrombectomy in Acute Stroke

Thomas Liebig, Markus Holtmannspötter, Robert Crossley, Johan Lindkvist, Patrick Henn, Lars Lönn and Anthony G. Gallagher

Stroke. 2018; STROKEAHA.118.021089, originally published June 4, 2018

Visual spatial ability for surgical trainees: implications for learning endoscopic, laparoscopic surgery and other image-guided procedures.

Henn, P., Gallagher, A.G., Nugent, E. et al.

Surg Endosc (2018)

Outlier experienced surgeon’s performances impact on benchmark for technical surgical skills training

Gallagher, A. G., Henn, P. J., Neary, P. C., Senagore, A. J., Marcello, P. W., Bunting, B. P., Seymour, N. E. and Satava, R. M. (2018)

ANZ Journal of Surgery. doi:10.1111/ans.14474

‘Inter-rater Reliability for Metrics Scored in a Binary Fashion—Performance Assessment for an Arthroscopic Bankart Repair’.

Anthony G. Gallagher, Richard K. N. Ryu, Robert A. Pedowitz, Patrick Henn, and Richard L. Angelo. (2018)

Arthroscopy : the journal of arthroscopic & related surgery : official publication of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the International Arthroscopy Association.

Publications 2017

A computerised test of perceptual ability for learning endoscopic and laparoscopic surgery and other image guided procedures: Score norms for PicSOr,

Henn P, Gallagher AG, Nugent E, Cowie R, Seymour NE, Haluck RS, Hseino H, Traynor O, Neary PC

The American Journal of Surgery (2017), doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2017.01.025

Publications 2015

The Bankart Performance Metrics Combined With a Shoulder Model Simulator Create

Richard L. Angelo, M.D., Robert A. Pedowitz, M.D., Ph.D., Richard K. N. Ryu, M.D., and Anthony G. Gallagher, Ph.D., D.Sc. (2015)

The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, Vol 31, No 9 (September), 2015: pp 1639-1654

The Bankart Performance Metrics Combined With a Cadaveric Shoulder Create a Prec

Richard L. Angelo, M.D., Richard K. N. Ryu, M.D., Robert A. Pedowitz, M.D., Ph.D., and Anthony G. Gallagher, Ph.D., D.Sc. (2015)

The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, Vol 31, No 9 (September), 2015: pp 1655-1670

Metric Development for an Arthroscopic Bankart Procedure: Assessment of Face and Content Validity

Richard L. Angelo, M.D., Richard K. N. Ryu, M.D., Robert A. Pedowitz, M.D., Ph.D., and Anthony G. Gallagher, Ph.D., D.Sc. (2015)

The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, Vol 31, No 8 (August), 2015: pp 1430-1440

Objective Assessment of Knot-Tying Proficiency With the Fundamentals of Arthroscopic Surgery Training Program Workstation and Knot Tester

Robert A. Pedowitz, M.D., Ph.D., Gregg T. Nicandri, M.D., Richard L. Angelo, M.D., Richard K. N. Ryu, M.D., and Anthony G. Gallagher, Ph.D., D.Sc. (2015)

The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, pp 1-8

Magellan and Copernicus: Arthroscopy Association of North America Seeking Excellence in Education

Richard L. Angelo, M.D. (2015)

The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, Vol 31, No 8 (August), 2015: pp 1428-1429

‘Designing Learning Outcomes for Handoff Teaching of Medical Students Using Group Concept Mapping: Findings From a Multicountry European Study’

Hynes, H., Stoyanov, S., Drachsler, H., Maher, B., Orrego, C., Secanell M., Stieger L., Druener, S., Schroeder, H., Sopka, S., Henn, P. (2015)

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Publications 2014

Simulation Fidelity: More Than Experience and Mere Repetition?

Anthony G. Gallagher, Patrick Henn.

Studies in Health Technology and Informatics Volume 196: Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 21

Improving Clinical Performance Using Rehearsal or Warm-up: An Advanced Literature Review of Randomized and Observational Studies.

O’Leary JD, O’Sullivan O, Barach P, Shorten GD.

Acad Med. 2014 Jul 1.

Use of a group concept mapping approach to define learning outcomes for an interdisciplinary module in medicine.

Stoyanov S, Spoelstra H, Bennett D, Sweeney C, Van Huffel S, Shorten G, O’Flynn S, Cantillon-Murphy P, O’Tuathaigh C, Burgoyne L.

Perspect Med Educ. 2014 Jun;3(3):245-

A comparison of three techniques (local anesthetic deposited circumferential to vs. above vs. below the nerve) for ultrasound guided femoral nerve block.

Szűcs S, Morau D, Sultan SF, Iohom G, Shorten G.

BMC Anesthesiol. 2014 Jan 25;14(1):6. doi: 10.1186/1471-2253-14-6.

Convergence and translation: attitudes to inter-professional learning and teaching of creative problem-solving among medical and engineering students and staff.

Spoelstra H, Stoyanov S, Burgoyne L, Bennett D, Sweeney C, Drachsler H, Vanderperren K, Van Huffel S, McSweeney J, Shorten G, O’Flynn S, Cantillon-Murphy P, O’Tuathaigh C.

BMC Med Educ. 2014 Jan 22;14:14. doi: 10.1186/1472-6920-14-14.

Publications 2013

An evaluation of high fidelity simulation using a human patient simulator in a new diploma in military medical care

Power D, Henn P, Hick D, McAdoo J (2013)

JMVH, 21(4): 1-11

To what extent does the Health Professions Admission Test-Ireland predict performance in early undergraduate tests of communication and clinical skills? – An observational cohort study.

Maureen E Kelly, Daniel Regan, Fidelma Dunne, Patrick Henn, John Newell and Siun O’Flynn

BMC Education

Women in Hospital Medicine: Facts, Figures and Personal Experiences.

G Boylan, K Meghen, C Sweeney, C Linehan, S O’Flynn

Irish Medical Journal 106 (2)

An evaluation of high fidelity simulation training for paramedics in Ireland.

D Power, P Henn, P O’Driscoll, T Power, J McAdoo, H Hynes, S Cusack

International Paramedic Practice 3 (1), 11-18

To cognitively err is human European Journal of Internal Medicine.

Simon D. Smith, David Power, Patrick Henn, Helen Hynes, Colin Bradley.

Received 21 June 2013; received in revised form 2 July 2013; accepted 5 July 2013.
Published on line 05 August 2013

A study of innovative patient safety education

SD Smith, P Henn, R Gaffney, H Hynes, J McAdoo, C Bradley

The Clinical Teacher

A metric-based analysis of structure and content of telephone consultations of final-year medical students in a high-fidelity emergency medicine simulation

P Henn, D Power, S Smith, T Power, H Hynes, R Gaffney, J McAdoo

BMJ Open