The Emergency Medicine residency program is an integral part of our simulation training endeavors. With simulation, every student in a class can receive the exact same patient care experiences. We no longer have to rely on a first or chance exposure in the clinical setting.
Graduate Medical Education
Our curriculum covers topics in pediatrics, geriatrics, trauma and medicine. Our sessions mix high-fidelity simulation scenarios and focused procedural instruction.
We bring our best teaching cases to the simulation lab and recreate them using the actual patient data. This allows the trainees to manage these difficult or rare cases in a controlled environment. They manage these cases and practice procedures without risk to patients. They no longer have to make their first attempt on a live person. As patient safety comes to the forefront of medicine, simulation will play an increasing role in medical training and maintenance of certification.
Undergraduate Medical Education
The culture of medical education is changing. Patients expect that healthcare providers will not be performing procedures on them for the first time. In those areas where simulation technology is available, students should be expected to acquire their initial experience in a simulated environment.
At this stage, they require more time to gather the history, examine the patient, process information and make decisions. Many times, they are encountering these clinical scenarios for the first time.
Simulation training provides students with additional support at this pivotal juncture.
Our students evaluate patients in a team, using their collective knowledge on the case, with one person acting as the team leader. They take turns being team leader and gain experience shouldering decision-making responsibility. They have the time to practice with the actual equipment they will use in an actual medical resuscitation and see the consequences of their decisions and actions.
Regardless of the outcomes of their simulation performances, we debrief, educate and encourage questions. They realize the significance of their future responsibilities and leave motivated to improve.
Mock Code Training
The simulation lab is an ideal arena for medical students and residents to learn how to manage a "Code Blue." Prior to the advent of simulation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) were often first experienced on actual patients who were in cardiac arrest.