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5th Annual Northwestern Simulation Open House April 4th, 2019

CHICAGO -- At Northwestern Simulation, we use exceptional simulation-based education to improve cognitive, technical and professional skills of healthcare providers. Our ultimate goal is to transform healthcare through education, innovation and scholarship. We emphasize respect, collaboration, safety, high-impact research and cost-effectiveness in all activities.

Northwestern Simulation serves learners from all levels of medicine, from medical students learning the basics to residents and attendings who actively work with patients.

Surgical Simulation

Prior to working with actual patients, trainees practice general and minimally invasive surgical procedures and skills training, using the same instrumentation and equipment available in the operating room, leading to safer surgery and improved patient outcomes.

(Left, Above) Attendees practice using arthroscopy instruments on an elbow joint made in our Innovations Lab.
David Irvin, BS, LAT, Manager of Surgical Simulation, shows an attendee how the endoscopy simulator uses surgical Instrumentation to remove foreign objects from the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
GI Fellow Ronak Patel, MD explains various surgical endoscopy techniques to open house attendees.

Open house participants were able to test their skills and dexterity by transferring pegs in a laparoscopic box trainer.

This deceptively simple task is much more difficult than it seems! It can also capture learners' attention, no matter what age.

Peg transfer is one of three skills that Northwestern Simulation uses to test surgical laparoscopic proficiency. We are a certified SAGES Fundamentals testing center, and test dozens of prospective GI surgeons every year.

Innovations Lab

Northwestern Simulation's Innovations Lab uses the latest technology to aid medical education and research by modeling, prototyping, and producing novel devices.

(Right) Innovations Design Engineer Ellie O'Brien demonstrates how she makes thyroid models for ultrasound practice.

Medical professionals use tools created in the Innovations Lab for research and education purposes.

Clinical Simulation

Simulated clinical exercises allow students and healthcare providers to learn procedural skills, improve teamwork and sharpen their communication skills.

Clinical Simulation provided training and education to more 9,000 learners last year.

Resuscitative Thoracotomy Trainer

David Salzman, MD, MEd, Director of Simulation for Undergraduate Medical Education, explains and demonstrates the Resuscitative Thoracotomy Trainer that was built with the Innovations Lab, in conjunction with Northwestern Simulation.

Our faculty members use research-driven best practices to improve trainee skills, enhance long-term skill retention and positively impact clinical performance with the ultimate goal of improved patient outcomes.

Hands Only CPR Demo

Simulation Specialist Steven Ford leads guests in this Hands-Only CPR Demo on task trainers (bottom left) and one of our SimMan® 3G models (top, bottom right). The SimMan® 3G can display the depth of compression that participants perform, along with various other feedback to help improve their technique.

Ventricular Assist Device Demo

Nurse VAD Coordinator Rebecca Harap BSN, RN-BC, demonstrates the Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Simulator created with Director of Simulation and Patient Safety Jeffrey Barsuk, MD, and a team of healthcare professionals.

Health Systems Collaboration Simulation

Amy Kahn, MSN, RN-CCRN, and the nurse educator team from Northwestern Medicine Academy show attendees how nurses help patients back into a bed after a fall.

Baby Delivery High Fidelity Simulation

Dr. Salzman walks participants though a birth simulator using SimMom®, one of our high fidelity simulators that is able to simulate labor and help learners improve maternal and neonatal outcomes.

Participants are able to walk through the birthing process, including helping Mom (with doctor supervision) deliver the baby safely!

Pediatric High Fidelity Simulation

Walter Eppich, MD, PhD (left) and Mark Adler, MD (right), in the Pediatric High Fidelity Simulation. They are working with SimJunior®, one of our interactive pediatric simulators that represents a 6-year-old boy and can replicate a wide range of medical conditions.

Ana Sferruzza, Director of Standardized Patient Programs at the Clinical Education Center, leads a tour through the CEC's facilities.

Clinical Education Center

The Clinical Education Center (CEC) provides 14 outpatient exam rooms for students to learn and be assessed on wide array of clinical competencies, such as communication, history-taking, physical examination, counseling, clinical reasoning, patient safety, and advocacy.

(Above) Attendees listen to the lungs on the Harvey cardiac examination simulator. (Below) An attendee (left) roleplays as a medical student

Every year, thousands of medical students, nurses, physician assistants, residents, attending physicians as well as industry and government partners come to Northwestern Simulation to learn and train in a flexible, safe and controlled environment.

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