Students Compete in ICOM’s Second Annual “Anesthesia Olympics”

For the second consecutive year, students at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine had an opportunity to put their anesthetics skills to the test during the College’s “Anesthesia Olympics” event.

Organized by ICOM’s Anesthesiology Interest Group (AIG) alongside Dr. Michael D. Gold, an anesthesiologist and adjunct faculty member, 22 first- and second-year students signed up for a chance to win a coveted “Lary” award — modeled after an anesthesiologist’s most handy tool — a laryngoscope.

Working in teams of two, ICOM’s “Anesthesia Olympics” required participants to complete six stations showcasing different skills, including: starting an IV; intubating an adult patient; intubating a neonatal patient; correctly placing an epidural needle; correctly placing a 22-gauge spinal needle; and correctly placing a 25-gauge spinal needle.

Students were given a maximum of three minutes to complete each station, but the faster the procedures were completed, the higher the score. ICOM faculty members Dr. Robyn Dreibelbis, Dr. Don Dyer, and Dr. Jay Kammer served as judges.

First-year students Seth Berkowitz and Joshua Garrett, team name “The Guys,” won first place; with first-year students Tyler Gray and Jim Schroeder, team name “The Mnemonic Maniacs,” taking second place. New this year was an award for the most creative team name, which went to second-year students Joseph Hobson and Gabe Heath for their team name, “We Will Roc-Cure-Own You.”

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