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

November 13, 2017 – Dothan, Ala. – The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) held its third annual Simulation Competition (SimComp) on Friday and Saturday, November 10-11, 2017 on the college’s campus. The event was hosted by ACOM’s chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). A record 12 teams of first- and second-year medical students competed against each other, bracket-style, in a race to save the patient. All teams competed Friday in a closed competition, with semi-final and final rounds held Saturday and open to the public.

First place was awarded to the Nothin’ but Netters team. Second place was awarded to The Caffeinators. Both teams will advance to the national competition to defend ACOM’s title.

SimComp is a simulation competition designed by ACOM to prepare students to compete in the national and international SimChallenge competitions. 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. Last year, two teams of ACOM students went to the national SimChallenge event, competing against teams from other medical schools. In the end, the ACOM teams went head-to-head in a final round with the team of second-year students emerging as champions. This team represented the United States at the International SimChallenge in Paris, France in June 2017, and won the competition, defeating the French team in the final round. This year, ACOM looks to defend its national and international titles, and this local tournament will serve as an important step in that journey.

The champion teams, Nothin’ but Netters and The Caffeinators, will go on to represent ACOM at the national SimChallenge competition in Washington, DC during the 2018 AMSA National Conference.

Photography by Jesse Aquino, ACOM OMS-II student