Student teamwork shines in emergency situations

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine student Michael Spinosa points out details on a chest X-ray for a patient during the Interprofessional Education Simulation Day at the at the Carilion Clinic Center for Simulation, Research and Patient Safety on April 22, 2022. Photos by Clayton Metz for Virginia Tech.

In an emergency situation, teams of providers from healthcare, human services and education professions must quickly merge their skills and collaborate to help a patient in need. During the Interprofessional Education Simulation Day, students from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) experienced the fast-paced nature of a healthcare emergency first-hand and worked alongside students from other institutions to solve complex problems.

VTCSOM partnered with Carilion Clinic, Radford University Carilion and the Radford University Waldron College of Health and Human Services to host the event on Friday at the Carilion Clinic Center for Simulation, Research and Patient Safety in Roanoke. Around 118 students participated, with groups of 4-6 representing future medical doctors, physician assistants, registered nurses, social workers and respiratory therapists.

“The VTCSOM and RUC students already work closely in our HSSIP domain curriculum; this experience provides them a chance to put the principles they learn in class into action,” said Sarah Parker, the chair of Health Systems and Implementation Science at VTCSOM. “The value of different perspectives is put on display during a multidisciplinary simulation like this. I hope they take this experience as a foundation for building excellent interprofessional teams.”

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