As a Radiology residency program director, I have had the pleasure of having my residents participate in the UF ER/Critical Care Imaging Simulation. The simulation has provided an invaluable hands-on clinical experience for our residents in a realistic and immersive environment and has replaced our prior in-house pre-call examination.
Resident feedback has been strong across the board, especially regarding the short videos providing feedback on difficult or missed cases. The SIM has also complemented the trauma and ER curriculum, as we are not a level 1 trauma center.
The SIM team faculty and staff were highly knowledgeable and supportive throughout the simulation. They provided detailed feedback and guidance to help our residents refine their skills in diagnosing and treating critical care patients.
Additionally, program leadership has been able to use the SIM to help in organizing the schedule for residents about to take call for the first time. The institution comparison results are also valuable in helping us see where our program stands among nationwide programs and aids in identifying particular weaknesses with the program’s curriculum.
Overall, I would highly recommend the ER/Critical Care Imaging Simulation course to any Radiology residency program looking to improve their residents’ skills and preparedness in independent ER overnight calls. The SIMulation provides a unique opportunity to work through complex emergency situations and refine skills in a safe and controlled environment. Thank you to the organizers of the course for providing such an outstanding program!
William Burke, MD
Radiology Residency Program Director
Mt Sinai, Miami, FL
We have enrolled our R1 residents in the Emergent/Critical Care Imaging Simulation for several years now. It is our experience, that resident participation in a simulation rather than taking a multiple choice quiz is a better way to determine competency for overnight call responsibilities. The short faculty video explanations of the pertinent findings for each case is in tune with the way residents prefer to learn and increases their understanding of the case material. Having a report that compares our residents performance to peers from other programs gives us added perspective as to their understanding of Emergent/Critical Care Imaging.
Andrij R. Wojtowycz, MD, FACR, FSAR
Professor of Radiology and Medicine, Radiology Residency Program Director, Vice Chair of Education
SUNY Upstate, Syracuse, NY