Simulation will play an important role in future medical education, maintenance, assessment, acquisition of skills, knowledge and behavior. Early introduction of simulation into graduate medical education will better prepare our future anesthesiologists to make use of these methods as they seek ways to maintain and improve their clinical practice and maintain a collaborative learning environment. The Department of Anesthesiology is committed to integrating simulation into the framework of its residency program as well as providing learning, educational and research opportunities for the entire department. This will promote advances in patient safety, team training and communication, as well as quality improvement initiatives.
Maryland Advanced Simulation Technology Research Innovation Center (MASTRI) officially opened on December 6, 2006 with the goal of ensuring world class simulation and training in a cross-disciplinary setting to a diverse constituency and providing a platform for innovation and research into simulation, training and practice.
MASTRI was initially a collaborative effort with the United States Air Force Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills (CSTARS) training program under the leadership of Col. Thomas Grissom, MD. MASTRI now serves as the primary institutional simulation center for the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC).
Since 2008, the Anesthesiology Simulation program has evolved under the direction of Wendy Bernstein, MD. MASTRI has achieved certification by the American Society of Anesthesiology, accreditation as a Comprehensive Education (LEVEL 1) Institute by the American College of Surgeons, listed in the SSIH registry, and been certified as a training and testing center for various programs including Pediatrics, Critical Care, OB/GYN and Emergency Medicine. This is beneficial for engaging all medical subspecialties in our team training exercises, which further enhances the realism and promotes the interprofessional educational process.