Medical simulation is a large part of our clinical education at St. Joseph's Medical Center. Resident physicians and other learners at the medical center are fortunate to experience a wide breadth of clinical pathology while performing direct patient care, however, we believe that simulation is an important adjunct bedside teaching. Simulation-based teaching is incorporated into didactic education for all residency programs, with a particular emphasis on resuscitation of critically ill patients and procedural training. Additional one-on-one and small group simulation-based teaching is incorporated into residency curriculums and occasionally we bring our simulation mannequins into the hospital to perform multidisciplinary "in situ" simulation scenarios.
We are very fortunate to have high fidelity simulation mannequins (adult, child, baby, and pregnant mother) to use in training as well as numerous task trainers and other tools to teach procedures. In our Graduate Medical Education facility across the parking lot from the main St. Joseph's hospital, we have two state-of-the-art simulation rooms complete with 2-way audio and video capability and the ability to link remotely to learners watching in separate rooms or off-site. Additionally, our simulation facility has a large classroom and a separate debrief room that doubles as breakout space for procedure labs or simulation viewing. Finally, our academic faculty at St. Joseph's are all excellent teachers, with several having specific post-residency training in utilizing simulation to teach residents.