The quality and impact of the simulation training program continues to drive excellent reviews from our residents and is often cited as a significant attraction for potential trainees considering Western in our CaMS matching process.
In 2017 ACCTTS delivered more than 1500 learner hours of high quality, simulation based formative learning and summative assessment for trainees. The undergraduate anesthesia bootcamp and postgraduate anesthesia resident simulation training sessions continue, as they have for the past decade, to be recognized as tremendous assets to the department. In addition, residents from a wide variety of specialties receive Crisis Resource Management training from ACCTTS faculty during their Critical Care rotation. Senior residents in Critical Care, who have a wealth of clinical experience, are able to consolidate their training in regular simulation sessions. Expert ACCTTS faculty members continue to regularly collaborate with simulation efforts of other departments such as obstetrics, otolaryngology, and surgery. Our experience and established education approaches using simulation have garnered us recognition as leaders in the field within our academic health center. Increasingly, our faculty members are taking on simulation leadership roles at local, regional, and national levels.
In 2017, Dr. Richard Cherry was named the inaugural Associate Dean, Learning with Technology & Simulation for the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. This position will oversee the development and stewardship of simulation activities for the school and help establish a collaborative and coordinated strategy for simulation with our clinical partners.
Other notable achievements for ACCTTS during 2017 include:
With greater emphasis on simulation anticipated as CBME residents form a greater component of trainee cohort, ACCTTS is actively planning for faculty expansion and additional resource development in 2018. Other exciting areas of opportunity include the creation of simulation programs for staff continuing professional development.