Teams of PCOM Georgia DO students competed to successfully execute simulated trauma
Six second-year Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) students were presented with “SIM Battle Belts” to symbolize their team’s reign over
other DO students as the champions of PCOM Georgia’s Simulation Center scenarios.
A member of the winning team, Thom Drew (DO ’21) said, “As much as I wanted to win
the belt, I equally wanted to learn how to approach as many different clinical scenarios
as possible, learn from excellent faculty and be better prepared for the next two
Simulation Center Medical Director Michael J. Sampson, DO, FAOASM, a former World
Wrestling Entertainment ringside doctor, introduced the belt award to the competition
where student teams compete against each other. He congratulated the students.
“You did an awesome job. Hopefully you not only had fun, but you’re now better prepared
for clinical rotations during the next two years.”
Aside from competing for the belt, top teams were able to experience Trauma Day, an interprofessional education event where area EMT, nursing and medical students
worked together on case scenarios.
Sampson said, “It’s about teamwork—you all did so well on Trauma Day—working together,
establishing a team and paying attention to the little things. The scenarios solidified
what you had just learned through textbooks.”
Drew said, “It helps to get your nerves out before the real thing. Reading a case
presentation and answering a multiple choice question are one thing, but seeing it
unfold in front of you and making the right diagnosis is definitely a different experience.”
“My team gradually developed a good degree of clinical suspicion given the history
and exam findings which helped us go down the right treatment path more consistently,”
“I didn’t mind waking up early for morning SIM battle experiences. It was totally
Besides Drew, other winning team members included: Kyle Dajac (DO ’21), Tyler Kimball
(DO ’21), Zac Owens (DO ’21), Brandon Quintana (DO [’21) and Robert Snyder (DO ’21).
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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