Students from the School of Medicine’s Emergency Medicine Interest Group put their skills to work in an annual simulation contest at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Great Plains Regional Meeting in St. Louis.
The team of fifth and sixth-year medical students, Nick Keevan, Deven Bhatia, Chris Favier, Dane Stephens, Dylan Schwindt, Luke He, Lauren Bulgarelli, Jordann Dhuse, Manna Varghese, MS5 finished runners-up to a team from Washington University.
The event took place during Healthcare Simulation Week, a nation-wide event to raise awareness about the importance of simulation activities in improving the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of health care delivery. It also fosters collaboration and celebrates the professionals who work in simulation.
Amy Stubbs, M.D., serves as program director for emergency medicine, and helped prepare the team for the competition.
The contest places teams in an emergency patient scenario in which they must work together to assess a patient, intervene and manage a medical emergency working on a human simulator. Judges review teamwork, communication and clinical decision-making skills.
Throughout Simulation Week in September, simulation education took place at the School of Medicine’s Clinical Training Facility on a daily basis. The simulation events ranged from procedural task training to high-fidelity interprofessional simulations at the undergraduate and graduate medical education levels.
The Simulation Interest Group also attended a regional simulation conference at Johnson County Community College where students learned about a variety of topics including basic debriefing techniques, the various roles of standardized patients and how to execute simulation in unconventional spaces.
UMKC’s PacerMan simulation trainer for transvenous pacing was also showcased at a cardiology conference in Kansas City. Sanjaya Gupta, M.D., program director for UMKC School of Medicine’s electrophysiology fellowship, led a hands-on session featuring the PacerMan.
School of Medicine cardiology fellows regularly use the simulator and faculty development sessions are being planned for the future, said Emily Hillman, M.D., assistant professor of medicine ant medical director for the Clinical Training Facility.