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Sim Challenge

Join us and participate in the #AMSACon2021 Virtual Patient Challenge. This year’s competition will be a virtual challenge using the Body Interact Clinical Education Platform, allowing you and your team to collaboratively complete patient clinical scenarios – all from your separate computers! 

Organized in two rounds, teams of three (3)  will complete two case scenarios per round. The simulated clinical scenarios require medical knowledge, clinical skills, teamwork, and communication. Each team will have ~20 minutes to evaluate, discuss, and initiate a treatment strategy for each case. Teams are scored based on set performance metrics. 

Virtual Patient Challenge Registrants must first be registered for #AMSACon2021. Not yet registered? Sign up here!


What is the Virtual Patient Challenge?

The Virtual Patient Challenge is a unique clinical competition based on solving scenarios with virtual patients. Through the Body Interact real-time simulator, teams have to think fast and critically to implement their diagnosis and treatment strategies in order to improve the patients’ conditions.

Who can participate in the Virtual Patient Challenge?

Participants must be registered for the 2021 AMSA Convention, and be medical student member of the organization. 

How will the competition be structured?

The challenge will open with an overview and demo presented by the Body Interact Team. 

Next, we will host two rounds of competition. The first round will include two case scenarios, each with a time limit of 20 minutes to complete. The top two teams from each round will advance to the championship round in February, which will also include two 20 minutes case scenarios. 

At the conclusion of each round, we will host a physician-lead debrief session to review case scenarios and facilitate live Q&A. 

Teams will privately collaborate using individually assigned Zoom team rooms. 

Make sure you don’t miss any of these activities. Pay attention to our schedule so you and your team are on time for all the proposed activities.


Preliminary Rounds – Saturday, December 12th

  • All teams are provided 24 hour access to a practice case, starting at 10am ET. Teams can access the practice case as many times as needed within the 24 hour time frame. 

Championship Round – Saturday, February 6th

Once I am admitted in the competition what do I need to do?

Please ensure that each team member has access to a laptop or computer with internet connection and a microphone. The Body Interact case simulator is best supported using Firefox 64-Bit or Chrome. 


We will communicate with all confirmed team captains to ensure you have access to the following: 

  • Understanding of how to access the virtual case scenarios.
  • Direction on how to access your team’s Zoom room, where your team will privately work together to complete each case scenario. 
Is there a final award? What does the winning team receive?

We will acknowledge first, second, and third place team winners. First place team will earn a $300 gift card, second place team will earn a $150 gift card, and third place team will receive a $75 gift card. 

What is Body Interact?

Body Interact is a medical simulator aimed at developing clinical reasoning and decision making skills through 3d virtual patients. It provides a real-time simulation experience to integrate knowledge in an innovative way.

How does Body Interact work?

Body Interact has multiple clinical scenarios with virtual patients. In each scenario your team acts as the doctors in charge and have to think critically about the decisions to take.
While on the simulation, you can talk with your patient, do a complete ABCDE assessment, monitor the vital signs in real time, order all kinds of diagnostic exams (lab tests, imaging, ECGs etc), perform interventions and administer medications.

Can I train with Body Interact before the competition?

Yes! One day before the competition each participant is given individual access to the platform so you can explore it and get comfortable with everything you can do inside the simulation.

In case of any doubts, all participants will  have time, on Saturday, to present those questions directly to the Body Interact team during the presentation session.

How many scenarios will my team play?

In the first round your team will have 50 minutes to solve two clinical scenarios. If you move to the championship round, you’ll be able to treat two more virtual patients.

Don’t worry about not knowing the platform because each participant will have 24hours to explore Body Interact individually and repeat the trial cases as many times as needed.

How are teams scored in each round?

For each round, the teams will have an average score of the 2 cases played. Check the next FAQ to learn more about the Body Interact scoring system.

How does the scoring system work?

For each clinical scenario, Body Interact provides a score from 1-100% on 3 main areas: Physical Examination (PE), Diagnostic Activity (DA) and Treatment (T).
It also informs you whether you got the Differential Diagnosis (DD) correct or incorrect.


In order to have a global score for each scenario, we’ll give the following weights to each area:
-> 20% for the PE
-> 40% for the DA
-> and 40% for the T.

In case you chose a wrong DD, you’ll have a 30% penalty to your global score
To sum up, this is the formula to score your performance on each case:

Global Score = (PE*0.2 + DA*0.4 + T*0.2) * DD 

What happens if there’s a tie/draw in the final round?

In the final round if two teams got the same results, the winning teams will be selected based on the time needed to finish the clinical scenario. The lowest time will define the winning team.

What is the difference between basic and intermediate level scenarios?

From basic to intermediate cases, there are two main differences: an increased level of complexity and the choices you need to make regarding medications.

In the basic cases you only need to choose the category of the Medications (eg, analgesics or diuretics). On the intermediate level you choose not only the category, but also the drugs, the way to administer (eg, IV bolus) and the dose.

Thanks to our sponsors

To support Sim Challenge
Contact Sandy Fridy at sfridy@amsa.org.