Simulation at UIC is part of the rich history of the internationally prominent Department of Medical Education. With strengths in both human-based and technology-based simulation, simulation is an essential part of the UIC anesthesiology residency.

Dr. Christine Park, the Associate Head for Learning and Innovation in the department, is also the Dr. Allan L. and Mary L. Graham Clinical Performance Center. The Center provides simulation-based clinical education, leadership and comprehensive professional development for the College of Medicine, University of Illinois Hospital, and other health professions colleges at UIC.  It also conducts research using simulation-based strategies to advance learning and improve patient safety. In this role she has co-created with other anesthesiology faculty a new monthly simulation-based leadership development curriculum. The Harvard Business Review has identified explicit leadership training as an area of critical need in medicine:  The UIC Department of Anesthesiology is on the leading edge of advancing and developing not only our residents’ clinical excellence, but leadership skills.

Dr. Katharina Beckmann is the department’s Director of Simulation Education. She leads a curriculum consisting of 4 weekly 3-hour sessions covering adult and pediatric critical event management, as well as technical skills including difficult airway management and central venous catheter insertion. Residents participate in a range of simulated emergency events and advance not only in their knowledge and skills, but also in dynamic decision-making, teamwork and resource management, and ethical challenges. Taught by a cohort of department faculty, this curriculum repeats monthly, and includes both junior and senior anesthesiology resident participants.

In addition to the CPC, the department’s conference room was designed to convert to an integrated simulation suite, and interprofessional simulations are also conducted in-situ in the adjacent operating rooms and PACU.