The fourth annual Southern Medical Program (SMP) Boot Camp and Student Connectivity Event was held at the Clinical Academic Campus on January 27, 2015. Third year students from Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon, and Trail immersed in a full day of clinical training and building connections with their classmates from across the SMP’s distributed sites.
Using a simulated learning environment, students gained hands-on experience with common ward emergencies, intubating patients, and utilizing handheld ultrasound in patient assessments. Teamwork and communication skills were key themes for the day’s activities as students worked alongside SMP clinical faculty and UBC Okanagan nursing students. SimMan 3G, the high fidelity patient simulator in the Pritchard Simulation Centre, was once again a highlight for the students practicing emergency code scenarios.
The event was led by the Years 3 & 4 Education Team and included clinical faculty in anesthesia, emergency medicine, critical care as well as critical care nurse educators, UBC Okanagan nursing faculty, and several volunteer patients.
Students excelled in a safe learning environment where they worked closely with their peers in an interdisciplinary team approach. As a result of the day, many of the students reported more confidence in participating in code or trauma team scenarios during their clinical training.