Simulation Education

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine has a remarkable on-campus resource for training medical professionals, the Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment (CELA), and our Anesthesiology Department faculty are national leaders in providing training at the facility in of anesthesiology airway management, critical care, perioperative management and transesophageal echocardiogram procedures.

CELA, which opened in 2007, is a $6 million, 11,000-square-foot facility that is home to both the Program in Human Simulation and the Simulation Technologies Program. The center offers advanced simulation technologies, including computerized mannequins that can reproduce routine and critical clinical situations. One floor of the facility includes flexible space that triples as a six-bed ED, a four-bed ICU, or a couple of operating rooms all monitored by computer-controlled audio/video equipment.

In May 2009, the Vanderbilt Simulation Technologies Program, under the direction of Matthew B. Weinger, MD, was endorsed by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) as one of less than 20 centers in the nation officially approved to deliver certified educational programs. Anesthesiologists from Vanderbilt and the surrounding community can receive Continuing Medical Education (CME) simulation training that qualifies for American Board of Anesthesiology Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA) credit. To achieve the ASA endorsement, the CELA program met strict criteria, including having strong leadership, and the necessary equipment, facilities, and personnel to provide consistent, effective training. Click here for more information on the ABA MOCA Course offered at Vanderbilt.

At Vanderbilt, multidisciplinary Critical Care skills training is lead by the faculty of the Critical Care Anesthesiology Division, with a goal of communicating proper procedures and techniques to medical students early on in their educational process, as well as communicating standardized care to physicians and medical staff across specialties and no matter what their training level, with the goal of greatly improving patient care. This training takes place, in large part, at the Center for Experiential Learning Assessment. Click here to read more about specialized training at CELA, including Boot Camp, Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS), Critical Care Skills Week, and Teamwork Day.