Pictured here, from left, are: Sheevanie Casimir, Dre Colston, Karly Finley-Johnson, Mimi Coleman, and Sidney Briski

Students in the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) Program at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) can now take advantage of a state-of-the-art medical simulation center at the university.

MSBS students, starting in the 2023-24 academic year, are becoming certified in Stop the Bleed, Basic Life Support, HIPAA Compliance, as well as WakeMed’s Rural Trauma Team Development course.

“The certifications provide meaningful experiences in clinical skills and help develop a robust CV and professional school application,” said Sheri Dailey, director of the MSBS program.

MSBS students also train in the innovative simulation center, where they complete two simulated clinical case studies.

“Students appreciate the medical simulation case studies and training events that enhance their clinical exposure and add valuable experiences to current medical practices, Dailey said.”

Students collaborate with a medical team to diagnose a SIM-patient’s condition and take part in four clinical skills training sessions in areas such as ultrasound, intubation and IVs.

The mission and goals of the program are a dedication to preparing students for successful careers in health professions, enhancing each student’s application for their desired health professions program, and a commitment to diversifying the medical field by attracting students from rural areas, low-socioeconomic status backgrounds, as well as underrepresented minorities.

Sidney Briski, an MSBS first-year student, said participating in the sim events helps students solidify their career paths.

“It has been extremely beneficial to have experiences in the SIM center that are similar to a medical student’s experience,” Briski said. “We have access to the same faculty, facilities/equipment and hands-on skill-building sessions, which help us to become more confident in clinical settings. Having exposure to the SIM center solidifies my desire to go into a medical profession.”

CUSOM’s MSBS program is about much more than just biomedical science coursework, however.

MSBS students take courses taught by medical school faculty, which mirrors a first-year medical school experience and exposes them to the rigor they may find in a professional school. The program also encompasses professional development, standardized test prep, community service, medical mission opportunities, non-curricular enrichment sessions, personalized guidance and advising, and clinical experiences.

“CUSOM provides a unique opportunity for MSBS students to engage with the SIM center,” said first-year MSBS student Sheevanie Casimir. “There, we can see applications of clinical cases, learn clinical skills, and simulate patient-provider interactions. It will prepare us for our time in healthcare.”

The addition of these certifications and medical simulations is one more way the MSBS program is focused on helping students become competitive, well-rounded applicants for medical and other health professional schools.

“We focus on our students’ success in our program, while never losing sight of the goals they have beyond the MSBS program,” Dailey said.