Mr. Clayton is a 45-year-old male with a breathing problem. Given that limited information, 16 medical, nursing, pharmacy and respiratory therapy students spring into action in the inaugural SimWars, a simulation training exercise at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Mr. Clayton is in no real danger — he is actually a mannequin, voiced by a UAB doctor, while a nurse plays his distraught wife.
The students, divided into two teams, are charged with managing his case, coping with his wife, diagnosing his condition and applying the appropriate treatment. An audience, made up of physicians and students, votes on which team best handled the case.