July 17, 2018

Huntsville RMC hosted annual simulation internship day

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huntsvilleRMCThe UAB School of Medicine Huntsville Regional Medical Campus held its second annual simulation internship day for its internal medicine and family medicine interns this summer. The interns were placed in small groups, where they treated simulated patients in urgent or emergent clinical situations.

Faculty members voiced and role-played the simulated patients (high-fidelity manikins complete with vital signs), who had chest pain, hypotension, shortness of breath or mental status changes—all common scenarios the interns will encounter during their early days on the wards in the hospital. The event took place in the state-of-the-art University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) College of Nursing Simulation Center.

After practicing these patient simulation exercises in the morning, the interns were joined by UAH nurse practitioner students and Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy students to diagnose and treat patients with acute myocardial infarction and adverse drug reactions. 

“It was a great time of learning and interprofessional collaboration, which will help our new interns feel better prepared for their first day on the job,” says Roger Smalligan, M.D., FACP, regional dean of the UAB School of Medicine’s Huntsville Regional Medical Campus.