Julie A Woodhouse

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BACKGROUND A recurring initiative in graduate education is to find more effective methods to assess specialists' skills. Life-sized simulators could be used to assess the more complex skills expected in specialty practice if a curriculum of relevant exercises were developed that could be simply and reliably scored. The purpose of this study was to develop(More)
BACKGROUND Anesthesiologists and anesthesia residents are expected to acquire and maintain skills to manage a wide range of acute intraoperative anesthetic events. The purpose of this study was to determine whether an inventory of simulated intraoperative scenarios provided a reliable and valid measure of anesthesia residents' and anesthesiologists' skill.(More)
BACKGROUND Medical students and residents are expected to be able to manage a variety of critical events after training, but many of these individuals have limited clinical experiences in the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions. Life-sized mannequins that model critical events can be used to evaluate the skills required to manage and treat acute(More)
INTRODUCTION In the setting of acute injury, a wrong, missed, or delayed diagnosis can impact survival. Clinicians rely on pattern recognition and heuristics to rapidly assess injuries, but an overreliance on these approaches can result in a diagnostic error. Simulation has been advocated as a method for practitioners to learn how to recognize the(More)
INTRODUCTION We hypothesized that a proficiency-based curriculum administered early in the fourth year to senior medical students (MS4) would achieve outcomes comparable to a similar program administered during surgical internship. METHODS MS4 (n = 18) entering any surgical specialty enrolled in a proficiency-based skills curriculum at the beginning of(More)
PURPOSE We evaluated suturing skills performance and retention in senior medical students (MS4) at the beginning of their fourth year and 7 months later. METHODS MS4 students entering a surgery specialty were randomized to a proficiency-based suturing/knot-tying curriculum at the beginning of fourth year (Intervention, n = 11) versus no training (Control,(More)
OBJECTIVE To demonstrate that instruction of proper team function can occur using high-fidelity simulated trauma resuscitation with video-assisted debriefing and that this process can be integrated rapidly into a standard general surgery curriculum. DESIGN The rater reliability of our team metric was assessed by having physicians and nonphysicians rate(More)
BACKGROUND Dedicated skills courses may help to prepare 4th-year medical students for surgical internships. The purpose of this study was to analyze the factors that influence the preparedness of 4th-year medical students planning a surgical career, and the role that our skills course plays in that preparedness. METHODS A comprehensive skills course for(More)
INTRODUCTION Trauma resuscitations require a coordinated response from a diverse group of health care providers. Currently, there are no widely accepted methods of assessing team effectiveness in this setting. Simulation affords a method to assess team effectiveness. The purpose of this study was to use a simulation setting to develop a specialized(More)
Patients are referred to the tertiary care teaching institution with diverse and sometimes rare diagnoses requiring complex therapy. Assuring that nurses in the oncology setting are delivering quality nursing care requires educational support that integrates evidence-based teaching methods. Clinical simulation holds promise for novice and experienced nurses(More)