American Medical Student Association’s Simulation Challenge 2018

Apr 17, 2018, 10:21 AM by Melissa Harman


Medical students from the University of Texas Medical Branch recently competed in their first national simulation competition at the American Medical Student Association’s Simulation Challenge this past March 8-11, 2018 in DC. The ten medical students included: Andrew Crutchfield (team captain), Megan White (team captain), Spencer Bevers, Wendy DiGiacinto, Carissa Ford, Victor Gonzalez, Michael Poliner, Alexander Pop, Eric Samuelson, and JW Slauson.

This national competition included 16 teams this year from: A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston, Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo, Saint James School of Medicine, Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine, Spartan Health Sciences University, Medical University of the Americas, and Kasturba Medical College Mangalore. These teams were judged by a panel of physicians specializing in internal medicine, neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and trauma surgery and scored based on code scenarios, critical actions, electrocardiogram and radiology interpretation, and empathy - amongst other components.

Under the guidance and leadership of Dr. Stephen Kim, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, the UTMB students performed exceptionally well in this year’s national competition with one of their teams going to the finals finishing second overall. Dr. Kim is extremely proud of how his students performed and competed not only because of their dedication and time preparing for the competition, but more importantly with how his students took the initiative to put themselves on the national stage. He is also proud of how the students represented UTMB with excellence. Their participation and achievement will only help them develop their clinical skills in the future.

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The students further enhanced their skills in preparation for the competition with direct teaching from Dr. Kim with access to UTMB’s Sealy and Smith Laboratory for Surgical Training, Assessment, and Research simulation lab. Travel was funded in part by the generosity and support of the Elaine Mantooth Flemming Endowment. Dr. Kim is privileged to have the support of leading such a talented group of students and would like to thank everyone whom have truly made the simulation team a true success.