The 28th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (www.acem2011.com) is rapidly approaching. The conference will be held on 20 – 24 November 2011 in Darling Harbour, Sydney.
The theme this year is ‘Educating for our Future’. Apart from the much anticipated public espousal of the wonders of Life in the Fast Lane by one Mike Cadogan, the aspect of this conference that most caught my eye is the arrival of ‘Sim Wars’ on Antipodean shores.
OK, I know what you’re thinking… ‘What the hell is ‘Sim Wars’?’
It could be the ultimate test of teamwork, communication and clinical management skills for an emergency doc that doesn’t involve people actually dying in front of you…
This is how it will work:
Four teams will compete against each other in the management of a simulated case in front of an audience. Team A will compete against team B in Round #1, blinded to each other’s performance. Team C will do the same against team D in Round #2. Expert judges will give their input after each simulated case and the audience will vote after each round. The winning teams of each round will advance to the finals and compete for the title of the 2011 ACEM SimWars Champion.
A simulated clinical environment is created for this competition, and is produced in a supportive but naturally competitive atmosphere. Upon completion of each simulation encounter, three expert judges give feedback in the form of a mini-debriefing. The audience then votes on the winning team.
Don’t know how to enter? These are the instructions from the www.acem2011.com website:
Enter your team by sending an email to the meeting managers with the following information:
- Name of each team member
- Name of Hospital
- City/State of Hospital
- Team Contact Person’s email and best telephone contact numberWe will select four teams through a lottery system and announce the results on October 1st.
I’m sure competitors will have a blast and learn a hell of a lot in the process. And for the winner, oh what glory! I’m also sure it will be voyeuristically entertaining, and vicariously dysrhythmia-inducing, for the audience. Finally, check out this video from Ernest Wang which highlights the origins of the ‘Sim Wars’ concept to find out what its really like:
- Okuda, Y, et al. (2009) “Sim Wars”: A New Edge to Academic Residency Competitions. AcadEmergMed 16(s1) S275-6. DOI: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2009.00392_4.x