Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care: School of Medicine: University of California, Irvine

Simulation Curriculum

CA-1 First Month Orientation

Structured education through simulation during the first month of CA-1 year prepares anesthesiology residents as they begin the clinical anesthesia years of training. The following topics are emphasized during this introduction simulation series:

  • Anesthesia machine, monitors, and equipment
  • Induction and airway management
  • Hemodynamic changes during anesthesia
  • Emergence from anesthesia and immediate post-anesthetic care issues
  • Hypoxia, hypercarbia and increased peak airway pressure
  • Hands-on workshops: airway management, central and arterial lines, spinals, epidurals, and ultrasound-guided regional nerve blocks

Anesthesia Crisis Resource Management

Intubation Simulation Simulation is an important part of our resident education and is integrated throughout the course of residency training. Our residents participate at an early stage in their training, starting in the clinical base year (PGY-1). Simulation provides a unique learning environment where anesthesiology residents have the opportunity to practice the management of common critical events and rare anesthetic crises in a controlled setting, and supportive learning environment. Particular emphasis is placed on developing skills in leadership, communication, and critical decision-making in a variety of clinical situations, which also includes multidisciplinary team-based sessions.

Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) Simulation

Anesthesiology residents are exposed to TEE using the Heartworks TEE Simulator beginning in their CA-1 year. During the CA-2 and CA-3 year, residents participate in a series of TEE simulation workshops ending in a practical examination where each resident must demonstrate general competency with the TEE examination.

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