More than 150 attendees visited an open house and participated in hands-on demonstrations hosted by Northwestern Simulation in the Department of Medical Education on March 3.
“We invite a variety of audiences with the purpose of thanking our supporters and increasing exposure and awareness of the Simulation Center,” said Elizabeth Wylie, MHA, executive director of Northwestern Simulation. “Medical device and pharmaceutical industry executives, Northwestern Medicine clinicians, medical societies, government officials and potential donors and alumni are the typical audience we see on this evening.”
Participants observe how trainees practice effective communication skills with standardized patients (trained actors) to simulate high-stakes clinical scenarios.
An attendee practices a delivery simulation where both the baby and mother are high-tech mannequins. Scenarios such as these are used to train medical students, residents and physicians.
David Salzman, ’05 MD, ’09 GME, MEd, director of Simulation for Undergraduate Medical Education, explains the importance of training learners in an environment with similar demands to real-world situations and shares how trainees learn to multitask, prioritize care and utilize resources in simulated scenarios.
Participants receive guidance as they practice central line insertion skills from start to finish as if they were at an actual patient’s bedside.
Gabrielle Ahlzadeh, ’15 MD, an emergency medicine resident, teaches an attendee hands-only CPR. Performing hands-only CPR can increase a person’s survival by circulating blood to the brain and other organs.