Importance of simulation training
Simulation training is an increasingly important component of medical education. Emergency medicine, in particular, is a specialty where practice in the simulation center is applicable to clinical care. EM residents are constantly faced with the challenge of caring for critically ill patients in a complex hospital environment. Beyond medical knowledge and skills, responding appropriately to acute life-threatening events involves working well within an interprofessional team. Simulation training provides an opportunity to practice and debrief effective teamwork strategies to help mitigate the many challenges of the ED.
The Department of Emergency Medicine Simulation Committee has developed a comprehensive simulation curriculum to include both pediatric and adult simulation training. With the opening of our UW Clinical Simulation Program’s 7,500 square foot center, our residents have a greater ability to participate in interdisciplinary training, as well as enhance their procedural skills in airway management, ultrasound, central line access, and many other essential EM procedures.
Using high fidelity simulators, procedural skills trainers, and integrated ultrasound capabilities, residents and medical students have the opportunity to practice the acute management of critically ill patients, as well as sharing difficult information with patients and families, and then discuss their performance in a structured debriefing. Debriefings are a key portion of any simulation program, and we focus on constructive reflection and discussions of leadership, teamwork, principles of communication, and medical management.