Loma Linda University recognizes that simulation training is a very important component of medical education. As such, the School of Medicine and the Department of Anesthesiology have made a major commitment to simulation training for medical students and residents. A simulation center has been placed in Risley Hall on campus. In addition, groundbreaking has begun for the new Centennial Complex, also on campus, which will house various educational activities for the School of Medicine, including a vast, state of the art simulation center! This complex should be open for use in February 2009. A live webcam of the constuction site is available for viewing online.
Entering CA-1 residents will be scheduled for several sessions in their first month of training. This course will cover basic concepts in anesthesia, including preoperative planning, preparing for induction and emergence, management of common intraoperative and postoperative events, basic pharmacology of commonly used anesthesia agents, and will also include plenty of time with an attending anesthesiologist for didactics and debriefing of the simulation session.
Simulation training in our department takes place in as much of a low stress environment as possible. We strive to have fun while we learn! There is no grading system employed. We consider it a time for instruction rather than examination. Residents generally describe their simulation experiences as valuable and eagerly look forward to their next session.
This rotation is directed by John Lenart, MD.