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What Do We Do?

Advances in the practice of medicine are challenging the way in which we educate future anesthesiologists. The apprentice model of ‘see one, do one, teach one’ with close supervision by a ‘master’ has become unrealistic in the face of changes to working hours and rules governing reimbursement and liability. Patients and trainees spend less time in hospital and educational opportunities are harder to predict or access. We are finding ourselves having to do more with less.

Medical simulation grew out of the movement to improve quality and safety for both patients and trainees by providing consistency in training. Simulation gives trainees the opportunity to master skills and encounter problems in a safe, reproducible environment. Simulation can be used to teach individuals and teams, assess performance and evaluate systems.

Whilst resuscitation and airway mannequins have been around since the 1960s, medical simulation has recently experienced a period of rapid growth. Current technologies include task trainers, screen-based simulation, virtual reality simulation, patient mannequins and standardized patients. Often a mixture of modalities can be used to teach trainees.

The Department of Anesthesiology has entered into a partnership with the Center for Advancing Professional Excellence (CAPE) to help train future and present anesthesiologists.

CAPE is an 18,000 square foot, state of the art simulation center on the Anschutz Medical Campus and provides us with a excellent location to fulfill the ACGME requirement for mandatory simulation training in resident education.

Recent accreditation by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) enables us to extend our educational expertise to the recertification of American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) diplomats in the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA) process.

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