It’s similar to how you prepare for the Olympics, if the Olympics required you to stabilize a critical patient. Baylor College of Medicine’s Student Simulation Society members are busy refining their techniques in preparation of defending their national and international Simlympics titles.
Last year, first-year medical students Andrew Kohner, Evan Strobelt, Saagar Patel, and Luis Fernandez and second-year student Lakshay Jain took first place at the 2015 American Medical Student Association Simlympics competition in Washington, D.C.
That win secured their berth to the International Simlympics at the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine competition in Belfast, North Ireland.
With the Baylor College of Medicine Surgery Simulation Center as a training ground, students can refine their skills and receive guidance from faculty members. Dr. Tyson Pillow, assistant professor and medical director for Baylor’s Simulation and Standardized Patient Program, serves as the society’s faculty mentor and Sim Lab Assistant Director Deborah Taylor, L.A.T., Cer.A.T helped train the teams.
Student Simulation Society President Samuel Buck, a third-year medical student, said the simulation lab has been a tool for his personal skill development.
The lab “helps with my medical skills and has influenced me to pursue emergency medicine as a specialty, but simulation also teaches leadership and critical thinking skills that are harder to find in a traditional classroom,” Buck said.
The team will represent Baylor and the United States at the 2016 SESAM Conference in Lisbon, Portugal this June.
Learn more about the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery.
Take a look at recent improvements to the Surgery Simulation Center.
Read about the Simlympics team’s past successes.