The Training Turns Real
In February 2013, 75-year-old retired engineer Jim Malloy took on the role of a “medical actor” at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, mimicking an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), known as the silent killer. During his simulation, third-year medical student Ryan Jones felt a pulsing mass in Jim’s abdomen, signaling an actual aneurysm. Despite Ryan’s disbelief, subsequent tests confirmed a six-centimeter AAA that required immediate surgery and stent placement. Jim’s lack of symptoms and recent clean bill of health made the diagnosis even more surprising. Ryan’s timing proved critical, saving Jim’s life and evoking gratitude from both Jim and his wife, Louise.