Simulation in healthcare continues to evolve and grow as a fundamental element of anesthesiology training. The University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology is committed to integrating simulation into the framework of its residency training mission. In support of this goal, the Maryland Advanced Simulation, Training, Research and Innovation (MASTRI) Center located at the University of Maryland Medical Center provides unique training and research opportunities for the Department of Anesthesiology.
The MASTRI Center houses a complete array of human patient simulation systems, including several METI HPS and ECS simulators and a Laerdal SimMan and SimBaby. In addition, a number of partial task trainers are available for skills training and incorporation into complex exercises. A fully functional video recording system allows for immediate debriefing and feedback sessions to maximize learning potential. Configurable space allows for the creation of multiple environments from an operating room to a trauma resuscitation bay. The MASTRI Center is one of the first simulation programs in the country to achieve Level 1 Certification from the American College of Surgeons.
Programs in difficult airway management, team dynamics, trauma resuscitation and equipment familiarization allow for training as well as assessment of individual and team performance in the field of anesthesiology and critical care. A number of ongoing programs will continue to expand the training opportunities for residents in the program and support research into the ability of simulation to accurately and efficiently predict the current/subsequent clinical performance. Additional information on the MASTRI Center and its programs can be found at www.mastri.umm.edu .