Working life: Dr Tony Lynch

Crossfit truly has changed my life”

Dr Tony Lynch, clinical lead for The First Response Simulation Unit, ASSERT, University College Cork.


Mornings are like groundhog day. I wake up before the kids, who are all in primary school — Noah, Sam, Anoushka, and Suhanna.

I use the time to do mobility and stretching work. I’m a keen surfer and always check the surf forecast.


I check in with the Affidea Express Clinic in Cork, where I am clinical lead. It’s a minor illness and injury clinic in the Elysian.

Affidea is a world leader in diagnostics and this new venture into express clinics in Ireland is an exciting time for the organisation.


I head to the Assert Centre in UCC. I’m a member of faculty within this exciting centre which offers hi-fidelity simulation training to individuals and teams who will be the first to respond to emergency situations and critical incidents.

I am the clinical lead of the ‘first-response unit’ within Assert. Today I have a meeting with Paula Hick, David Power, and Dr Pat Henn as we plan a new project on how we can design a new simulation project for a partner we are working with.

We have a new immersive suite that can be turned in to anything from a nightclub, to the cockpit of a helicopter through the use of hi-fidelity simulation technology..


I meet members of An Garda Síochána. We are preparing for a new project in March where we are working with members of the force on a simulation event.

Not alone will this bring real time simulation training to the forefront for our emergency services, it will also help me generate some valuable research for the Assert unit.


Whenever I have some spare time in my day, I make myself available to the emergency services as a prehospital care doctor.

I will be informed of any serious incident in Cork City and will respond along side the emergency services. I’m a medic for Cork Civil Defence.


I head to Crossfit Returns. I discovered Crossfit a number of years ago and it truly has changed my life.


Kids asleep, dinner done, and it is time to sit and read with my wife, Meenakshi Uppal, also a doctor.

One last check of the surf forecast and maybe I will get to the beach tomorrow. Forever the optimist.

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