Simulation or “Sim” Centers are often used to train students who are seeking advanced
degrees in health care. At Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM), students in the osteopathic medicine (DO), physician assistant studies (PA) and
pharmacy programs (PharmD) receive hands-on training and clinical skills experience
before treating actual patients.
DO, PA and PharmD students learn to react to high-pressure challenges they may encounter
in the field through patient actors and high fidelity mannequins, a fully equipped
surgery suite, an emergency room, mock patient exam rooms, laparoscopic trainers,
virtual reality simulators and more.
GA-PCOM students who are earning the master’s degree in biomedical sciences with a
concentration in medical simulation are tasked with designing medical scenarios to challenge their peers with the assistance
and oversight of faculty members.
These scenarios are sometimes taken “on the road” to partnering colleges who also
train their students through simulation. Just last week, Trauma Day took place at
Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) and DO, nursing and EMT students from three Gwinnett
colleges joined forces to hone their skills in a chaotic “emergency department.”
Dr. Sharon Grason, the director of nursing at GGC said, “Collaboration and communication
were our two objectives. Through this collaboration, a lot of respect between and
among the groups occurred.”
Michael J. Sampson, DO, FAOASM, associate dean for clinical integration, said, “Jeff
Adams, director of simulation, the biomedical sciences, DO, nursing, and EMT students
did an amazing job collaborating and learning what ‘team medical’ is all about…to
get the best patient outcome.“
He added, “GA-PCOM clinical faculty members were on hand to debrief the students following
the scenarios. Much appreciation is due to Jim Hogue, DO, Gary Freed, DO, Frank Jones, MD, Don Penney, MD, and Lauren Ball, DO for their expertise and guidance to the Trauma Day participants.”
Earlier in the week, the GA-PCOM Sim Center was used to train EMT students from Gwinnett Technical College with 12 realistic
scenarios designed by the GA-PCOM biomedical sciences students. Cases included patients
experiencing a motor vehicle accident while pregnant, multiple stab wounds, a stroke,
a gunshot wound, mental health issues and even human trafficking.
In addition, the GA-PCOM Sim Center is used regularly by second-year DO students who
are training to participate in the Sim Challenge which is held at the American Medical
Student Association annual convention. The challenge is a competition in which student
teams are presented with emergent clinical scenarios that require medical knowledge,
clinical skills, teamwork and communication to save the simulated patient.
“The DO students training for the SimOlympics are bridging the gap between basic science
classroom work and clinical medicine in the simulated ‘real world’. Medical education
combined with competition provides a win/win situation,” Dr. Sampson said.
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
For more information, visit pcomgeorgiahealth.org.
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