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With that, the beginning stages of the Emergencies in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Bootcamp began.
Using the airline industry as a comparison, Dr. Roth explained that every pilot spends a set number of hours in simulation
During the Bootcamp, residents have the opportunity to participate in six skill stations in the morning that deal with models involving epistaxis, post-surgery bleeds, and tracheostomies. Building on these experiences, residents move to more complex scenarios, such as a post-thyroidectomy hematoma or severe airway obstructions.
“Residents work in teams to try to save their mannequin patients,” Dr. Roth said. “We can manipulate the patient vital signs and the situation, and we have nurses and other staff member embedded in the scenario to ensure the training feels like a realistic, high-pressure situation that requires effective communication and
Now in its seventh year, the Bootcamp has grown significantly and become a nationally- and internationally-recognized program. Each year they welcome resident representatives from every province in Canada including Quebec, as the program is bilingual.
Dr. Roth also noted that when the University of California, Davis wanted to start its own Bootcamp, they sent representatives to see how the Bootcamp was run. The Bootcamp’s success has helped to establish the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery as a leader in this area.
This year, the course will be expanded to two days instead of one to make room for additional training. Dr. Roth said they will also be welcoming their Emergency Medicine colleagues into the training, as residents in that area often deal with the same scenarios before specialty residents are called in. “In real
While Dr. Roth is proud of the growth the Bootcamp has had, she explained what really excites her is knowing that residents can leave the course feeling confident in the skills they have.
“The whole point of the Bootcamp is to give residents the building blocks they need, and the opportunity to practice their skills and make mistakes in a safe setting, as opposed to the real world,” she said. “Maybe they will be able to draw upon these skills to save a life at 2:00 a.m. in the future when they are on their own. That’s what this is about.”