The Department of Anesthesiology presents a comprehensive regional anesthesiology-focused simulation education program for our Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellows. Throughout the year, our Fellows attend a series of six lectures and participate in six intensive simulation scenarios.
The simulation education program is designed to help Fellows develop crisis resource management and metacognitive skills in a realistic surgical setting. There are several components to each Simulation Lab session.
Fellows attend an introductory morning lecture that details various real-life situations that may occur in the operating room. During these lectures, an attending anesthesiologist reviews what specific skills are most useful in high-stress situations – topics range from team communication strategies to leadership competencies. Morning lectures take place on the HSS Main Campus.
Simulations and debriefings are held at the Weill-Cornell Medicine Skills and Acquisition Laboratory (SAIL) Center, directly across the street from the HSS Main Campus. or each simulation session, Fellows are assigned roles: primary anesthesiologist, responding anesthesiologist, scrub tech, and surgeon. Each Fellow is given the opportunity to be leader and decision maker at differing sessions enabling them to manage intense situations, and creating an opportunity for reflection, in a safe learning environment.
After each simulation scenario, Fellows and Faculty review the experience and video in real-time. Fellows can then ask questions, share their experiences and thoughts and brainstorm effective strategies for continued growth.