Standardized patients, high tech manikins, paramedic, biomedical sciences, osteopathic medicine and pharmacy students were participating in what was billed as a Simulation Marathon in honor
of Healthcare Simulation Week. During a ten hour period, 189 students completed 73
simulations featuring ten different scenarios. They practiced concepts such as empathy,
teamwork, decision-making and professionalism under the watchful eyes of faculty members.
In addition, the Sim Center challenged other simulation labs and universities across
the globe to run as many simulations this week as possible to set a record for the
number of students who can be trained in just one week.
The day began at 7:30 a.m. when paramedic students from the Gwinnett Fire Academy
participated in scenarios involving patients experiencing everything from a fentanyl
patch overdose, to multiple stab wounds, to a dry drowning, to twin births. One scenario
involved a patient with sepsis brought on by a urinary tract infection, sometimes
a difficult, but important, condition for first responders to recognize.
Lt. Dean Fritz of the Gwinnett County Fire Department said, “The skills training offered
at the Sim Center has been very, very useful. It’s been an excellent experience overall
for our class of paramedics to be able to interact with the patient actors and the
simulation manikins for more hands-on experience.” He said that the participants will
graduate from the Gwinnett Fire Academy early next summer.
In the afternoon, DO and pharmacy students, under the guidance of osteopathic medicine
and pharmacy faculty members practiced working together in an emergency department
setting. “The main point of this exercise was to know your role and work as a team,”
said Christopher (Shawn) Holaway, PharmD, assistant professor of pharmacy practice.
According to Director of Simulation, Jeffery Adams, NREMT-P, MS, “The advantages we
have in our Simulation Center are state-of-the-art equipment and manpower.” He explained,
“We are one of the first centers in the US to purchase the latest pediatric manikin
to join our other manikins. Nicknamed Timmy, the manikin’s advanced features allow
his eyes to track and his head to move.” Adams noted that each manikin usually costs
between $60,000 and $80,000.
GA-PCOM offers a concentration in medical simulation, a track that our biomedical sciences master’s degree students can pursue. This year, 14 students are participating in this concentration.
As part of the curriculum, they design and manage scenarios in the Sim Center, while
also qualifying to become an EMT. Adams said that students combined ran over 2,000
simulations during the one year concentration last year and are on track to run a
similar amount this year.
“We teach them how to work with different disciplines,” Adams said. He noted that
some of the master’s students enter professional school with many hours of training
under their belts. In addition, he said, two students who graduated from the program
last year are now working in simulation centers in hospital and college settings.
“We couldn’t run the Sim Center without them,” Adams said.
Starting in June 2019, GA-PCOM will offer a one year graduate level certificate in
medical simulation. For information about the graduate certificate in simulation,
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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