ACOM Students Compete in Simulation Tournament in Preparation for National Simlympics Competition

The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) held its 3rd Annual ACOM SIMLYMPICS competition hosted on campus by ACOM’s chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). Teams of medical students competed against each other, bracket-style, in a race to save the patient. The champions will go on to represent ACOM at the National SIMLYMPICS Competition in Washington, DC during the 2017 AMSA National Conference. This event highlighted how clinical simulations prepare medical students for emergent situations.

simlympics_focus-at-4SIMLYMPICS is a national event created in 2012 by students from East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine. Each team is presented with an emergent clinical scenario, which requires medical knowledge, clinical skills, team work, communication, and calm nerves to overcome the challenges. Two years ago, the AMSA-ACOM team was the only osteopathic medical school to compete, and made it to the quarterfinals! The team lost to the eventual winners of the national and international competition, Baylor College of Medicine, but came back to Dothan with tremendous insight into the process. The AMSA-ACOM team prepared well last year before the National SIMLYMPICS competition was canceled, but students have been diligently working to enhance their skills in preparation for the national competition this spring.

Prior to the competition, ACOM SIMLYMPICS Director Caleb Holder (OMS-II) and competitor Melissa Mohnal (OMS-I) promoted the event on WRGX’s Focus at 4 segment with Madeline Hackett, and the general public was encouraged to attend. A copy of the segment can be found here.