Gwinnett Fire EMTs, physician assistants from DeKalb Medical Center and GA-PCOM students
will participate in Healthcare Simulation Week.
As Tropical Storm Irma leaves her mark on Atlanta and gratitude is due to the first
responders who came to our aid, the first global Healthcare Simulation Week takes
place through September 15. To mark the occasion, Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College
of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) will complete more than 150 medical trauma enactments
in its new Simulation Center—all to polish the skills of first responders and healthcare providers who deliver
Working with the Gwinnett Fire Academy, the faculty, staff and students of the Sim Center at GA-PCOM will run 100 simulations Thursday and Friday for the 47 academy EMTS who are training
to become paramedics.
Simulations will encompass a myriad of healthcare situations including patients with
cardiac issues, multiple stab wounds, secondary drownings, airway burns, collapsed
lungs, gunshot wounds and strokes, among others.
In addition, 48 second-year DO students at GA-PCOM will train for the Sim Olympics,
a national competition where medical students participate in healthcare simulations
for the national and international titles, undergoing 12 lifelike simulations using
mannequins and patient actors.
Also this week, physician assistants (PAs) from DeKalb Medical Center will participate
in simulations, while GA-PCOM’s PA students will practice their skills with 40 customized
“We couldn’t do this number of simulations without our master’s students,” said Jeff
Adams, director of simulation at GA-PCOM.
The medical simulation concentration is designed to teach students how to manage and
effectively run a medical simulation center. Coursework includes learning, developing,
designing and running high-fidelity mannequins and a Standardized Patient program, while using virtual reality simulations and task trainers for instruction in GA-PCOM’s
osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, pharmacy and biomedical sciences
“Simulations improve the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare delivery
while leading to safer, more knowledgeable patient care,” explained Michael J. Sampson,
DO FAOASM, associate dean for clinical integration at GA-PCOM.
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.
For more information, contact: Barbara Myers Senior Public Relations Manager Email: BarbaraMy@pcom.edu Office: 678-225-7532 | Cell: