PEORIA, IL. - Medical students put their knowledge and training to the test Saturday at the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center in Peoria.
Medical students comepeted against their peers from various medical schools for the annual "ER Sim Wars."
Four-member teams entered an emergency room simulation where they assessed and treated patients appropriately in front of judges. The patients were either manekins or actors.
The judges evaluated the teams based on teamwork, communication, problem solving skills and clinical management.
University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria medical student, Michael Pajor said it's important for students to practice in a simulation before actually treating patients in the real world.
"Physicians end up dealing with a lot of really acute really potentially dangerous conditions," Pajor said. "Before going out into the real world and having to deal with real patients it's nice from a learning perspective and a patient safety perspective above all to be able to practice in a safe and a controlled environment and get feedback on what did you do wrong, what can you improve and what did you do right.
The teams competed against each other for medals and bragging rights.
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