Groups that Use the PSL
Wake Forest University medical students may actively diagnose and treat many patient problems in the Patient Simulation Laboratory (PSL). The Lab provides a safe environment for exploration and thorough understanding of many physiological and pharmacological concepts, as well as for professional behavioral issues, such as communication and team interactions. Students from their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years of medical school participate in programs in the PSL through the departments of Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Critical Care Medicine, and Family Medicine.
The PSL is an excellent environment in which to introduce non-medical and new paramedical personnel to simulated clinical situations. We have developed courses ranging in length from one to three days for the employees of several companies desiring an introduction to medical and physiologic concepts as well as specific equipment use and teamwork issues in medical care.
Anesthesia residents spend time each year in the PSL:
- Interns learn and practice skills critical to early development as anesthesiologists.
- CA-1s, CA-2s, and CA-3s master concepts of crisis resource management and anesthetic management of infrequently-encountered critical events.
- CA-3 residents have the option of an elective PSL month to teach of PSL learners.
Other User Groups
As an example of potential trainees, the laboratory has already taught groups from cardiovascular research, otolaryngology, anesthesiology, nurse anesthesia, medical school, and OR nursing. Even high school science students are scheduled for courses within the lab. The possibilities are endless and limited only by time and the financial resources of the laboratory. Those who are interested in utilizing the laboratory should call the Director to discuss the curriculum.