Simulation Training

Simulation Training

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Our innovative simulation curriculum allows for residents of any level to both gain hands-on experience in Codes as well as gain proficiency in a variety of inpatient and outpatient procedures. Our state of the art “Simulation Lab” mimics real life patient encounters and allows for residents to work autonomously, while being mentored and supervised in a controlled clinical environment. This type of unique, academic atmosphere grants learners a chance to receive tips and feedback on high-stress clinical scenarios while being in the safe space of the SimLab.

During our Simulation Training elective, residents of all levels have dedicated time allotted for them to explore the various procedures they will be expected to master by the end of their residency training. These procedures include ultrasound guided IJs, femoral lines, subclavian lines, thoracentesis, paracentesis, arterial lines, lumbar punctures, intubations, arthrocentesis and many more. Beyond the designated elective, the Chief Residents hold office hours and pre-scheduled SimLab times for those most interested in working on a specific skill set.

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Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS)

All residents are taught the basics of POCUS during ICU rotations at University Hospital. Use of
POCUS is integrated within bedside rounds, and all procedures performed in the ICU are under
ultrasound guidance.

In 2019, a 2-week POCUS elective was implemented at the East Orange VA where residents
have dedicated time to learn POCUS and practice their POCUS skills. Since 2018, 2-day POCUS
courses are organized by NJMS faculty annually and all residents are invited to register.


Throughout their residency training, residents will also benefit from both observing and participating in interdisciplinary code blue training in which they can hone their BLS and ACLS training, as well as review videos of their own performance to improve.

We hold a yearly Procedure Night at the start of the academic year in which interns can learn directly from senior residents and Chiefs to gain exposure to procedural processes and supplies. The entire simulation curriculum has been created to ensure that all of our residents achieve mastery through rigorous assessment and practical experience.


Special Events

Mock Codes

In order to build confidence in ACLS skills, all interns go through a Mock Code exercise prior to
starting their PGY-2 year. This exercise ensures that interns advancing to their senior years have
acquired knowledge, confidence, and practice in running Code Blues. ACLS protocol is
reviewed regularly throughout the year, and residents have the opportunity to practice running
codes with ACLS instructors on mannequins during their months at University Hospital.

Procedure Night and Monthly Procedure Workshops

Every fall, interns and residents are invited to an evening workshop where various common
procedures such as paracentesis, central line placement, arthrocentesis, and lumbar puncture are
reviewed. Participants have the opportunity to practice their technique and receive hands-on
instruction using our many anatomical mannequins. During the academic year, the ICU attending
physicians and fellows guide residents through simulated procedure workshops focusing on
central line and intraosseous line placement.