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    Intern Boot Camp at WBAMC Simulation Center

    Intern Boot Camp at WBAMC Simulation Center

    Photo By Amabilia Payen | William Beaumont Army Medical Center internal medicine residents, Capt. Kyle Bartol...... read more read more



    Story by Amabilia Payen 

    William Beaumont Army Medical Center

    William Beaumont Army Medical Center’s staff in the simulation lab conducted an intern boot camp on June 6, 2019, where first-year Graduate Medical Education interns were introduced to the capabilities of the lab and how it can prepare them for what they may experience in a clinical setting.

    Twenty-two students took turns throughout the day learning about each station, which were wound closure with suture and knot tying, focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST) exam, history and physical assessment on patient intake and central line placement.

    A new station was introduced, as opposed to last year’s boot camp, called the anatomy and physiology of reboa procedure using an endovascular simulator. The simulator facilitates endovascular procedures, such as the reboa technique, which is the technique that is used in combat situations, by medical personnel, providers and physicians to stop the bleeding from large arteries before the person bleeds to death. At this point, WBAMC is the only facility in the El Paso region that carries this technology for simulation.

    “Simulation training is a pedagogy, which is a way of teaching and learning,” said Thomas Soto, simulation administrator, WBAMC. “It’s basically experiential learning. It’s different because the actual learner comes in with their own experience and we expose them to an actual experience and … they can analyze it and make an abstract conceptualization and they are able to experiment with the knowledge that they have learned. This all feeds into the whole process of education development in our lab. It’s helpful in redeployment training and building an actual curriculum to facilitate the requirements that are needed in a combat theater. What we do here carries on to a bigger picture in readiness that way.”

    Capt. Sarah Kemp, transitional year intern who recently arrived at WBAMC, says the boot camp has been “really cool.” Kemp is interested in trauma surgery and the FAST exam was her favorite station.

    “It’s been a while since I have done this so it’s good to brush up on it,” said Kemp. “I think it’s great that we are able to do simulations so we can practice and keep up our skills. We were told that we have access to this with our badges, like 24/7, so whenever we have downtime we can just come over and practice on our skills and be able to keep up with things so we can be the best for our patients.”

    Transitional students can apply for residency after one year of internship at WBAMC. Kemp is considering staying at WBAMC after seeing how staff are great at the simulation. “It’s only my fourth day here at this hospital, but it’s been a great experience here so far,” said Kemp.

    WBAMC’s simulation lab also benefits the El Paso medical community, where residents from other medical organizations come to the lab to practice before treating a patient.

    “We have residents from other institutions who come here to practice fundamentals of laparoscopic and endoscopic surgeries,” said Soto. “They come whenever they need to test.”

    The intern boot camp always requests volunteers from WBAMC staff to show the interns the hands-on projects of simulation available and staff and faculty residents from orthopedic, emergency room, department of surgery and obstetrics and gynecology volunteered their time.

    WBAMC’s staff of the simulation center are looking forward to next year’s intern boot camp.



    Date Taken: 06.06.2019
    Date Posted: 06.24.2019 12:39
    Story ID: 328339
    Location: FORT BLISS, TX, US 

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