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Rush Medical College has integrated simulation into its preclinical and clinical curricula, as well as graduate medical education. Details appear below.


M3 CRASH Course (Clinical Resources and Skills for the Hospital)

To facilitate a smooth transition from didactics to clinicals, M3 students begin their year by participating in a concentrated three-day course focusing on the various facets of in-hospital care. The lab introduces and facilitates the student’s participation in simulated "Code" situations.



Students are introduced to the principles and practices of anesthesiology. They learn to integrate their didactical knowledge with clinical practice, while participating in a simulated case. As the case progresses, the clinical coordinator examines the reasons for specific interventions. Following the case, the coordinator debriefs them on various issue that arise during the case.

Internal Medicine

M3 students practice leading as well as participating in resuscitative efforts performed during “"ode Blue" situations. This course addresses the various roles and responsibilities of intervention, primarily focusing on algorithms, drug action and administration, EKG interpretation and defibrillation.

General Surgery

General Surgery teaches and evaluates clerks on specific skills and procedures: knot-tying and suturing, IV, NG and Foley placement. As an aid, clinical coordinators use the AV system to project the steps involved in a particular procedure, engaging all students.

Graduate Medical Education


As part of their training in the Department of Anesthesiology, residents are required to participate in simulated exercises. Participants demonstrate their knowledge and proficiency in simulated surgeries. Following the simulated surgeries, clinical coordinators evaluate their performance and debrief with students reviewing particular topics.

In addition, the department and lab work diligently to include new anesthesia devices and alternate procedural techniques into the skill training to prepare future anesthesiologist. This effort is realized through workshops focusing on new developments in the field, such as fiber optic bronchoscopy.

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Given the sensitive nature of caring for children, the pediatric department is dedicated to ongoing training, diagnosis and appropriate intervention. Since most complications occur to the respiratory and cardiac systems, residents are to deduce and treat the initial problem. Situations can initially begin or progress to cardiac arrest or respiratory failure; however, they are not limited to code situations. Upon completion of the exercises, residents are debriefed, and have an opportunity to review their recording and obtain feedback on team performance and communication.

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Emergency Medicine

Residents rotating through the Department of Emergency Medicine participate in an Airway Management course.

General Surgery

Within this program, residents begin practicing laparoscopic procedures on sophisticated box-trainers. At the time of examination, professors require residents to display their competencies on the box-trainers. Following that, residents' skills are evaluated on the LapMentor, a multidisciplinary simulator that enables hands-on practice of complete laparoscopic procedures.

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Photo caption: Elizabeth Baker, MD, clinical coordinator, debriefing with a group of medical students. Each IM clerkship is brought into the simulation lab for the introduction to ACLS.


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