Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Anesthesiology

Northwestern Center for Clinical Simulation


The Department of Anesthesiology runs the Northwestern Center for Clinical Simulation (NCCS) at Northwestern Medicine.  The NCCS was created to further enhance medical education and patient safety and more recently to provide ABA MOCA® for Anesthesiologists.  The NCCS is part of a university-wide simulation collaboration maintained by the Department of Medical Education.  It is equipped with state of the art high fidelity full body patient simulators, audiovisual equipment for debriefing purposes, and staff to provide realistic simulated clinical events.  It provides education on multiple levels ranging from assistance with scenario design and technical support up to and including comprehensive curriculum design and course delivery.

The NCCS benefits not only the educational programs of our department, but also brings unique educational opportunities to the entire Northwestern medical community and beyond.  Its audience includes practicing anesthesiologists, residents from multiple specialties, CRNAs and students, medical students, hospital nursing staff, and visitors from the community.

Participants conduct “patient care” during their experience at the NCCS in a controlled environment.  An instructor or facilitator monitors their actions and interventions, and controls the physiologic outcomes of the “patient.” Performance may be videotaped so participants and instructors can later review and discuss the experience. The NCCS is permanently housed within an actual operating suite, giving an authentic feel to the educational experience. A separate conference room is used for discussions, review of sessions, and additional study.

Learn more about simulation within the Department of Anesthesiology via the links below.