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Welcome to Northwestern Simulation's first quarterly newsletter! We hope you'll take a moment to watch the above video to hear from our Executive and Medical Directors. Tune in to find out more.
This video was created by the Northwestern Simulation Instructional Design & Development Team. 

What's happening at Northwestern Simulation? 

First-Year Medical Students Save A Life
During a break between classes at Lake Shore Park, five first-year medical students saved a man’s life – and performed CPR for the first time using skills learned during a basic life support class at Northwestern Simulation. 

Simulation Forceps Training Reduced Severe Perineal Tearing by Nearly 30 percent
A simulation forceps training program developed for Northwestern Medicine obstetrics residents reduced third and fourth degree perineal tears by 26 percent during real-life deliveries with forceps.

Medical Education Day Celebrates Outstanding Teaching and Learning
The celebration of exceptional teaching and scholarship took center stage at Feinberg’s 6th Annual Medical Education Day, held on September 30.

Spotlight on Simulation All Stars

A question and answer series with our team

David Salzman, MD, MEd
Director, Simulation for Undergraduate Medical Education

How did you become interested in medical simulation?
I first became interested in medical simulation as a resident during my Emergency Medicine Residency here at Northwestern.  At that time, we would go to our community site to participate in all of the simulations.  The faculty who were leading our sessions were engaging and amazing teachers.  The ability to actively participate and be engaged in learning was exciting and matched my style of learning.  As I neared the end of my residency training I decided to make teaching using medical simulation the major focus of my career. Following residency, I completed a two-year fellowship in medical simulation and education where I learned the intricacies of running a mannequin to deliver a simulation and engaging learners in a debriefing conversation following the simulation.  Most importantly, during those two years, I began to really learn how to develop and implement a curriculum as I worked to build a simulation program to complement the Emergency Medicine Core Curriculum.  After that successful development, I moved over to the medical school where I have been working to develop an integrated simulation curriculum that spans the entirety of the 4-year medical school curriculum. 

How has your work in helped patients and education?
There are many aspects of the curriculum development across the EM residency as well as the medical student curriculum which have no doubt helped learners build connections and apply concepts learned in the simulation center and transfer those concepts to the bedside. I think one of the greatest examples of where simulation has played a role has been in the Simulation and Application Modules which are a component of the medical school curriculum. These week-long modules were originally conceived to be a place during the curriculum for spaced repetition where the students would be able to review and apply material they had previously encountered in the setting of a new scenario. Simulation has become the backbone and the main instructional technique during these weeks. The simulations that we have created have fostered an environment where learning is engaging, and where students can reflect upon previously described concepts as well as apply those concepts in a new situation. Simulation allows these theoretical concepts, such as physiology, pharmacology, and anatomy, to come to life in a way that was not possible when I was a medical student learning in the classroom.

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Recent Events at Northwestern Simulation 

Dr. Julia Vermylen facilitates a "Difficult Conversations" curriculum with internal medicine residents.  


Upcoming events at Northwestern Simulation and the Department of Medical Education

TIME Lecture Series 
Medical Education in a VA Setting
December 20, 2016, 4 - 5 pm 
More information here

Designing and Implementing Simulation-Based Mastery Learning Curricula
Simulation Annual Conference
July 10 - July 14, 2017
More information here

Friends of Northwestern Simulation

A new program designed to help financially support the mission and vision of the Northwestern Simulation.

We urge interested friends to invest in the future of medical education and patient care by making an outright or planned gift in support of Northwestern Simulation. Thank you for your consideration.

To learn more or donate, click here

For additional information about supporting Northwestern Simulation contact:

Sue Clausen


What people are saying about Northwestern Simulaton

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this team of staff. They made our faculty so comfortable with their knowledge of how everything worked and what each of the simulators were capable of. We walked out of the pre-meeting with 100% confidence and it was completely delivered on once our attendees were in the room. This is my favorite Sim Center that we have used to date.

– Kristi Casale CMP, DMCP
Meeting Services Senior Manager
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry


Thank you so much for helping me to lead our annual 3rd year resident  lab!  It was truly a pleasure to have our whole team working together with our residents... the residents had a wonderful educational experience. I can't wait to do it all again next year with you!

-Christina Lewicky-Gaupp, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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