Some “patients” were sent to the Simulation Center’s surgery suite for continuing
care. GA-PCOM’s Dr. Don Penney, clinical professor of emergency medicine, and Dr. Frank Jones, clinical professor
of surgery, performed simulated surgeries with the assistance of Gwinnett Tech’s surgical
tech students and GA-PCOM’s student doctors.
“It takes a village to take care of one patient,” said Sharon Grason, director of
GGC’s nursing program. Osteopathic medicine student Abdul Walters (DO ‘20) participated in the Trauma Day exercises and noted that nursing students were vigilant
in verifying prescription dosing before administering medicine to patients, closing
the ordering loop.
Jeffery Adams, NREMP-P, MA, BS, who serves as GA-PCOM’s director of simulation, spoke
of the event’s opportunity to provide collaboration between medical disciplines.
“Students learned mutual respect throughout the day-long exercises,” Adams said.
The students worked together on 24 scenarios including a human trafficking case, an
opioid overdose, a gunshot wound, a schizophrenic episode, a heart attack, a septic
newborn and a motor vehicle accident involving a pregnant driver.
The cases were designed by GA-PCOM’s biomedical sciences students who are taking the medical simulation concentration. The cases were vetted by physician faculty members for medical accuracy. Instructors
from the three colleges worked alongside students to ensure appropriate and quality
care for the patients.
GA-PCOM Associate Dean for Clinical Integration Michael Sampson, DO, FAOASM, explained
the Trauma Day exercises increase the level of experience and exposure for students
coming out of school.
“Trauma Day breeds teamwork and collaboration between all disciplines of medical care—it’s
interprofessional education at its finest,” Sampson added.
To prepare the DO students for Trauma Day, weekly simulation exercises known as “Sim
Battles” were run throughout the year for second-year DO students. Student teams competed
and were judged by clinical faculty members. The top four teams were selected to participate
in Trauma Day.
According to Dr. Sampson, the top team was named Sim Battle Champion and awarded a
championship belt. The team member names were placed on the belt for display in the
Simulation Center. The ultimate goal of Sim Battles, Sampson noted, is to prepare
for the national Simulation Olympics, held annually.
Event organizers expressed thanks to the faculty and students at GGC, Gwinnett Tech
and Amerimed EMS of Buford, which supplied an ambulance for the training exercises.
Other GA-PCOM faculty members who participated in Trauma Day included Clinical Professor
Gary Freed, DO; Clinical Assistant Professor Renee Himmelbaum, DO; Clinical Assistant Professor Colette Bullock, DO; and Assistant Professor of Family
Medicine Lauren Ball, DO.
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institution of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), a premier osteopathic medical school with
a storied 125-year 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. The campus joins PCOM South Georgia
in Moultrie in helping to meet the healthcare needs of the state. Emphasizing "a whole
person" approach to care, PCOM Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional
education and service to the community. For more information, visit pcom.edu 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.