Boston Simulation Community September Meeting

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Boston Simulation Community Monthly Meeting
September 15, 2015  5:30-7:00PM
Perioperative Conference Room, FA325
Boston Children’s Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Welcome back from the summer hiatus as we launch the Boston Simulation Community Meetings for the 2015-2016 academic year. We are pleased to announce that our meetings throughout the year will feature the theme of Assessment.

Please join us September 15, 2015 5:30-7:00PM for the Boston Simulation Community Meeting hosted by the Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program (SIMPeds), 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, Peter Weinstock MD PhD and colleagues. The meeting will be held in the Perioperative Conference Room, FA325, in the Department of Anesthesia at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH).

At this meeting, we will learn about assessment of anesthesia residents. Presenter: Richard H. Blum, MD, MSE, FAAP; Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Research.

Richard Blum, MDDr. Rick Blum is the Principal Investigator of a research study, “Assessing the Performance of First Year Anesthesia Residents to Ensure Basic Competence”, which has been funded by a grant from the Harvard School of Medicine’s Department of Anaesthesia, the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation and The Cathedral Fund. The long-term goal of this project is to have an effective, objective, credible, ongoing process for evaluation of anesthesia residents’ clinical competencies ensuring that no resident graduates from any program not meeting the levels of performance that are sufficient to ensure an acceptable level of patient safety. The research team is utilizing medical simulation to evaluate residents on performance; the program will attempt to identify anesthesia residents in need of remediation early in their training programs. We have created a set of standards and criteria to test the competency of Harvard-affiliated anesthesia residents and teach them to practice safer medicine, reducing medical mistakes as well as patient complication and death. We foresee developing standards and criteria that can be adapted to each medical specialty enhancing patient safety on a large scale; we believe this education will increase overall patient safety among anesthesia residents nationwide.

About Boston Simulation Community Research and Education Meetings

The meetings provide a friendly and informal venue for simulation educators and researchers to present work-in-progress, problem solve and share best practices, acquaint each other with relevant ideas from other disciplines and connect with others. We generally (but not always) meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Please join us!