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Simulation Lab

The Internal Medicine simulation lab provides residents with a variety of experiences designed to build and refine their clinical skills.

Bedside procedure teaching: All residents have training in POCUS and bedside procedures, such as endotracheal intubation, paracentesis, thoracentesis, lumbar puncture, and arterial and central lines, during their intern year. Residents have access to a number of standardized peer-reviewed references to preview the steps involved in a given procedure. They then review the process with the supervising attending and perform the procedure in the simulation lab under direct supervision with subsequent verbal and written feedback.

Skills Labs: All incoming residents have a skills lab at orientation to acquaint them with basic techniques of instrumentation, tissue mechanics, suture mechanics, and suture materials.

Case-based scenarios: Residents have dedicated simulation sessions using a manikin for code and acute medical care simulations. These sessions introduce residents to crisis resource management, interprofessional team training, and debriefing, and are designed to develop residents’ critical thinking and leadership skills in cases requiring a rapid clinical response. Our interns also attend the UCLA Simulation Lab.