Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Anesthesiology

Simulator Training

The Department of Anesthesiology has a robust simulation training program to familiarize incoming anesthesiology residents with the operating room environment, care of an anesthetized patient, and basic critical event management. Incoming first-year clinical anesthesiology (CA-1) residents will be instructed in a variety of peri-operative critical events important for transition from 1:1 to 2:1 supervision. With the help of a faculty mentor, all residents complete a simulation scenario for the Thursday AM conference.

Simulation Tactical Training (STAT) Curriculum

Scenarios cover a broad range of pre, intra and post-operative situations but revolve around core themes, including:

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Format

Sample Topics Covered

New Resident Simulator Training

Residents obtain training in skills for managing acute clinical events to which residents have limited exposure during the first month but that are critical for successful semi-independent (1:2 coverage) practice. Residents are trained in groups of 5-6 on selected afternoons following noon lecture. Each session incorporates practice in a single event utilizing a simulated scenario followed by structured debriefings in the simulation center. Residents will develop strategic thinking, task processing/prioritization and skills in approaching and initial management of acute intraoperative events.