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Awards and Leadership

ACOM Students Win National Simulation Competition

On February 25, a team of Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) second-year students took first place at the 2017 American Medical Student Association (AMSA) National Sim Challenge. The competition took place during the AMSA Annual Convention in Washington, DC. ACOM’s championship team will now represent the United States at The Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) SimOlympics in Paris, France this June.
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The AMSA Sim Challenge is a national, bracket-style tournament in which teams of medical students compete to resolve simulated emergent clinical scenarios, often using live patient actors and trauma cut suits. This year, eight student teams from both allopathic and osteopathic medical colleges competed head-to-head to determine who will represent the United States at the 2017 SESAM SimOlympics. ACOM’s team won the competition during a simulation where the patient presented injuries consistent with a 40-foot fall.

Since November, the ACOM students have been training weekly in a simulation boot camp at the college designed by the school’s Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of Simulation, John Giannini, MD. Students encountered a variety of intense simulated scenarios through their training, such as knife wounds, pulmonary embolisms, poisoning, and heart attacks. After each encounter, Dr. Giannini met with the teams to provide feedback and strategize for future encounters.

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“Simulation is an important part of medical education because it provides students with opportunities to have high-stakes patient encounters in a safe environment,” explains Dr. Giannini.

For the next few months, the ACOM team will continue to attend the simulation boot camp and training for a wide variety of emergent scenarios—any number of which may be utilized in the SESAM SimOlympics.

AACOM congratulates these students for their impressive achievement and wishes them the best of luck as they represent our nation at the SESAM competition in France this summer. Read more in ACOM's news release.