Our innovative ACLS Simulator course has not only allowed our residents to be better trained and prepared for code situations, but has also generated novel data demonstrating the effectiveness of this method. We are continuingly improving the training curriculum of the residency program by creating opportunities to learn and practice clinical skills in a safe environment.
During the PGY-2 year residents spend time with "Cosmo" in the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Medical Simulation Center. In the simulator, residents have the opportunity to practice ACLS protocols in advance of serving as a code leader. The simulator gives the residents the opportunity to learn procedural and team leadership skills and has realistic responses to medications and other interventions. Northwestern residents are clear about the benefit they have gained from this opportunity to integrate technology into clinical care. Also during PGY-2 year, residents get simulation trained in central line placement using bedside ultrasound. The curriculum is based on mastery learning with deliberate practice principals where rigorous assessment and feedback from expert faculty reinforce mastery level skills.
Our innovative ACLS Simulator course has not only allowed our residents to be better trained and prepared for code situations, but has also generated novel data demonstrating the effectiveness of this method.
“No matter how smoothly you can rattle off the ACLS algorithms, there's nothing quite like running into a patient's room as the code leader and having to assert what the next move should be...the chance to practice that humbling moment in the simulation lab has been invaluable"
Emily Diederich, MD.
MD Student Simulation Training
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine also offers extensive simulation opportunities to the medical students in their simulation lab. Get more information on the Center for Education in Medicine site.