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Posts Tagged ‘MGH’

Matt Vanneman on CMS Residency

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Matthew Vanneman is a resident in Anesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. He spent the month of October at the Center for Medical Simulation on an elective rotation. The goal of the rotation program is to expose residents to the potential and operational use of simulation for education, clinical training and research. Over the course of the month, residents develop simulation scenarios including patient records, plot, setup, debriefing notes, and references.

“My stay at CMS was one of the most pivotal moments of my medical career. When I first showed up to CMS, I thought I would receive some instruction on how to organize and perform medical simulation better, but instead my entire world view of medical education was completed upended. CMS taught me that much of the “conventional” methods of teaching medical education that I had experienced during my training were actually missing so many of the key elements of adult learning theory, and as a result, leaving learners behind. Since the course, I have completely change my own methodology for teaching (which, I found out, takes a lot of practice!), and I am now so excited to further develop my skills as an educator. Through the course, I was extremely lucky to meet such an incredibly diverse group of people, coming from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Pakistan, as well as all over the United States, and to learn from their experiences and perspectives about medical education. These conversations have deeply shaped me, not only as an educator, but also as a person. IMS has opened my eyes to an enormous new world and method of medical education, and has driven me to continue to improve my teaching to reach my goal of becoming an expert in medical education.”

-Matt Vanneman, MD

Reflections on My Month at CMS

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Emily Fish is a resident in Anesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. She spent the month of October at the Center for Medical Simulation on an elective rotation. The goal of the rotation program is to expose residents to the potential and operational use of simulation for education, clinical training and research. Over the course of the month, residents develop simulation scenarios including patient records, plot, setup, debriefing notes, and references.

“I am so grateful to have spent the past month at the Center for Medical Simulation–what a remarkable experience it has been! From gaining experience in the creation of high fidelity scenarios to improving my debriefing skills, the rotation was rich with learning opportunities. I was also fortunate to take the IMS instructor course, which was a truly transformative experience. The expert guidance of the instructors and the environment of teamwork and encouragement really foster the learning and growth of participants. Participating in the course has had a powerful effect on both the quantity and quality of introspection and self-evaluation I perform. I am more cognizant of potential assumptions I may have and will strive to be mindful of these and their potential impact in debriefing and elsewhere. The course has transformed the way I communicate not only with colleagues at work but in my daily life as well. I now find myself actively working on improving my communication skills using the techniques I learned in the course. I consider the course one of the most impactful experiences I have had in my medical training thus far. In fact, it has prompted a desire to incorporate simulation into my long-term career, and I hope to enter into sim fellowship as the next step in my growth as an educator.”

–Emily Fish, MD

Connie Wang: My Experience on Rotation at CMS

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Connie Wang is a resident in Anesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. She spent the month of October at the Center for Medical Simulation on an elective rotation. The goal of the rotation program is to expose residents to the potential and operational use of simulation for education, clinical training and research. Over the course of the month, residents develop simulation scenarios including patient records, plot, setup, debriefing notes, and references.

I have had the most incredible experience at the Center for Medical Simulation. I reflect on this month and am astounded by the knowledge I have gained as well as the progress I have made in the world of simulation. Before taking the simulation elective, my experience of simulation was limited to running through a scenario as a learner. The difference that my sim elective month made was to dig deeper into my understanding of the entire simulation process. It allowed me a chance to witness the technical process of preparing for a simulation. I saw the energy it took to make sure all the details played out correctly.  I was also able to experience being a debriefer of a process, instead of just a participant. This elective has taught me that there is an art to debriefing and there are certain ways to approach the debriefing process that can elicit the most from the learners. Everyone at the simulation center is very nurturing and capable. They harbor a safe haven where I felt comfortable learning new skills. Simulation is the past, present, and future… and now I feel prepared to head forward with simulation in my future career.

-Connie Wang, MD

CMS Affiliate Mater Education Partners with MGH Institute of Health Professions

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The Center for Medical Simulation’s Australian affiliate, Mater Education, has partnered with the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions to provide post-graduate certification for Australian medical educators.

This program is now available to Mater Education’s Simulation Fellows, who will do their MGH Institute coursework remotely with the guidance of Mater faculty. This certificate also requires fellows to complete CMS’ “Simulation as a Teaching Tool” program, which is put on in Brisbane, Australia. 

Mater Education’s will initially send two fellows through the MGH Institute of Health Professions program, to earn their post-graduate certifications in education with a specialization in simulation. These two fellows, Dominic Ormston, MD, and Richard Mausling, MD, will work to develop simulation courses to serve Mater Education learners in the future. Dr. Ormston will develop emergency response courses for the anesthesia department, while Dr. Mausling will develop simulation training for staff and nurses in the Mater Mother’s Hospital Neonatal Critical Care Unit.

  

CMS Affiliate Program

The Center for Simulation (CMS) based in Boston, MA, USA, is one of the oldest, most respected, and most influential simulation centers in the world. Through its Affiliate Program, CMS works closely with a select group of international healthcare organizations committed to developing the full potential of their simulation programs. To learn more about becoming a member of this select group of Simulation Centers of Excellence, email CMS at info@harvardmedsim.org.

Jeff Cooper, honored as HAVEN Unsung Hero

Jeff Cooper, CMS’ Executive Director, was recently honored as a MGH HAVEN ( Helping Abuse and Violence End Now) Domestic Violence Unsung Hero.  Jeff has been an active member of MGH Men Against Abuse for many years. As noted by HAVEN, “His continuing dedication and willingness to get involved in the early days of the men’s effort to raise awareness and end domestic violence is greatly appreciated.” Congratualations to Jeff on receiving this award and for being involved in such a worthwhile group.

The HAVEN Program at MGH was officially launched in January of 1997. Its mission is to work as part of the broader movement to end intimate partner abuse by improving and enhancing our health care response to patients, employees, and community members who have been impacted by abuse. Click here to view Director Elizabeth  Speakman discussing HAVEN at MGH.