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Medical students compete in simulation exercises

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

The competition was fierce at a Mid-Michigan medical school Tuesday morning.

Teams of residents from Michigan colleges competed against each other at the Central Michigan University College of Medicine-Saginaw Education Building.

One residents' team's task was to find out what ailed the mannequin patient. The fake 8-year-old was given the wrong pain medication.

Judges behind a one-way mirror carefully watch how the teams react to the simulation and mark their scores. After the 15 minute exercise the team receives its assessment.

"It's a safe way to practice and it's an opportunity to use your knowledge and sometimes there's things you don't know, things you do know and you don't have to hurt any patients. And sometimes you surprise yourself with how much you know," said Dr. Corey Alvarez, CMU resident student.

The program has been around for seven years, but this is the first time it's been held outside East Landing.

"It's a learning experience that we can't replicate except in a state of the art lab like this," said Dr. Steve Vance, with the CMU College of Medicine.

The students have real-life emergency room experience, but the exercise gets their adrenaline pumping.

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