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Doctors compete in life-or-death scenarios for training at Columbus conference

Residents get hands-in experience through simulation practice.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Emergency medicine physicians are taking turns in real-life situations — without the stress of a having a real patient on the table.

“It's a chance for all the emergency medicine residents from across Ohio to get together, a chance for all residents to learn from some of the best and brightest in the country,” said Brad Gable, System Medical Director for Simulation for Ohio Health.

The annual conference aims to focus on teaching and team building.

“Really push the thresholds of how simulations can recreate live situations in a control setting, so we can better take care of those patients when they show up," said Drew Kalnow, Simulation Director for Doctor’s Hospital.

Residents from 10 hospitals across the state, including three from central Ohio, practiced their skills on mannequins as a part of the simulation academy, or SimWars.

Doctors behind the scenes threw different scenarios at the residents, keeping them on their toes.

“This all ends up being an opportunity to practice skills we all need to provide great patient care,” Gable said.