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Simulation Education

Overview

The Department of Anesthesiology of the Weill Cornell Medical Center currently utilizes the expanded Skills Acquisition & Innovation Laboratory (SAIL) for all simulation training.  SAIL provides a critical training component, enabling interns, residents and attending anesthesiologists to become acquainted with current and new technologies and to maintain and broaden their skill sets.

SAIL

SAIL includes thirty high definition cameras, fifteen large, high definition LED flat screens, two dozen microphones, and a command center, which controls all the cameras from a central location.

SAIL students

SAIL offers a large OR simulation room, which contains a full bodied mannequin that breathes, blinks, talks and responds to medications and procedures. SAIL also has a simulation patient care/ER room, and a simulation procedural skills lab.

SAIL Conference Room

The state-of-the art conference room, equipped with a wall of high definition flat screens, enables the highest quality education and debriefing conditions to be achieved.

Residency Training

Simulation training is an integral part of the Residency Program at Weill Cornell Anesthesiology. Simulation education is a part of each year of a resident's training.

Intern Year

This is an intensive 8 session anesthesia simulator course designed to bridge the gap between knowledge and practice, and transition new interns into the practice of clinical anesthesia. Interns rotate through the simulator in groups of 4 or 5, and each session lasts approximately 3 hours. Topics covered during this 8-session course include basic airway management, induction, maintenance, and emergence.

Upon completion of this rotation the resident is expected to:

  • Manage simulated ASA 1-2 patients for uncomplicated surgery.
  • Accurately estimate fluid requirements in routine cases.
  • Identify and formulate differential diagnosis and treatment plan for common intra-operative problems.
  • Comfortably mask ventilate and intubate easy airways.
  • Operate and troubleshoot basic anesthesia monitors.
  • Keep legible and accurate intra-, pre-, and post-operative records.
  • Understand key pre-operative findings on history, physical examination and laboratory studies for patients with routine medical problems.
  • Understand basics of the anesthesia machine and routine monitors.
  • Understand management of neuromuscular blockade.
  • Understand the use of vasoactive drugs.
  • Understand indications for commonly used anesthetic drugs.
  • Understand general principles of airway evaluation and management.
  • Understand major physiologic effects of anesthetic drugs.
  • Communicate effectively and compassionately with patients and their families.
  • Deliver concise, organized discussion of anesthetic plan for routine ASA PS 1-2 cases, including anticipated problems in management.
  • Effectively apply Crisis Resource Management principles and tools.
  • Be cooperative and respectful with patients, colleagues and support staff.
  • Maintain equanimity under duress and during conflict.
  • Display maturity and integrity.
  • Understand the medico-legal implications of documentation.
  • Communicate effectively in the Anesthesia Care Team setting.
  • Communicate professionally with members of the Operating Room Patient Care Team (surgeons, nurses, technicians, patient-care assistants).

The resident will apply the appropriate anesthesia scientific literature as it relates to the simulation case. The resident will support choice of anesthetic plan and supportive measures by citing appropriate scientific literature. Copies of relevant scientific literature will be distributed at the close of each simulator session.

CA-1 thru CA-3 Years

This is a long term anesthesia simulator course designed to train the resident in crisis management in the operating room setting. Residents rotate through the simulator in groups of 4 or 5, and each session lasts approximately 3 hours. The frequency of attendance is every 12-15 weeks over the three year period.

Upon completion of this rotation the resident is expected to:

  • Manage simulated ASA 3-5 patients for complex and emergency surgery.
  • Accurately estimate fluid and blood product requirements in complex cases.
  • Identify and formulate differential diagnosis and treatment plans for common and uncommon intra-operative problems.
  • Comfortably mask ventilate and intubate difficult airways.
  • Operate and troubleshoot advanced technical monitors and pressure transducers.
  • Keep legible and accurate intra-, pre-, and post-operative records.
  • Understand key pre-operative findings on history, physical examination and laboratory studies for patients with complex medical problems.
  • Understand basics of the anesthesia machine and routine monitors.
  • Understand management of neuromuscular blockade.
  • Understand the use of vasoactive drugs.
  • Understand indications for all anesthetic drugs.
  • Understand advanced principles of airway evaluation and management.
  • Understand major physiologic effects of anesthetic drugs.
  • Communicate effectively and compassionately with patients and their families.
  • Deliver concise, organized discussion of anesthetic plan for routine ASA PS 1-2   cases, including anticipated problems in management.
  • Effectively apply Crisis Resource Management principles and tools.
  • Be cooperative and respectful with patients, colleagues and support staff.
  • Maintain equanimity under duress and during conflict.
  • Display maturity and integrity.
  • Understand the medico-legal implications of documentation.
  • Communicate effectively in the Anesthesia Care Team setting.
  • Communicate professionally with members of the Operating Room Patient Care Team (surgeons, nurses, technicians, patient-care assistants).

The resident will apply the appropriate anesthesia scientific literature as it relates to the simulation case.  The resident will support choice of anesthetic plan and supportive measures by citing appropriate scientific literature.  Copies of relevant scientific literature will be distributed at the close of each simulator session.

Contact

For more information about Weill Cornell Anesthesiology's simulators and simulation education programs, please contact the faculty who lead our simulation programs.

David G. Stein, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Medical Co-Director, SAIL (Skills Acquisition & Innovation Laboratory)
Co-Director, SAIL, Department of Anesthesiology

Contact:
Lisa Cabrera
Phone: (212) 746-5412
E-mail: lcabrera@med.cornell.edu

Lori A. Rubin, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Director, Medical Student Education
Co-Director, SAIL, Department of Anesthesiology

Contact:
Marlene Augustine
Phone: (212) 746-2785
E-mail: maa2010@med.cornell.edu

Contact Us

Dept. of Anesthesiology
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine
525 East 68th Street, Box 124
New York, NY 10065
Fax: (212) 746-8563

Office of the Chair
Phone: (212) 746-2962
E-mail:  Marissa Matarazzo, mam7036@med.cornell.edu

Residency and Fellowship Education
Direct all inquiries to:
Phone: (212) 746-2941
E-mail: anes-programs@med.cornell.edu

Patient Billing Inquiries
Phone: (855) 880-0343