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.
While 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.
The Department of Anesthesiology has entered into a partnership
with the Center for Advancing Professional
Excellence (CAPE) to help train future and present
The CAPE is an 18,000 square foot, state-of-the art simulation
center on the Anschutz Medical Campus and provides us with an excellent
location to fulfill the ACGME requirement for mandatory simulation training in
Ongoing 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.