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Simulation Lab

Bedside procedure teaching: Orthopaedic residents have POCUS training at the beginning of their intern year for use in musculoskeletal exams and procedures.

Skills Labs, cadaver labs, and simulators: All incoming residents participate in ABOS Skills Modules during the orientation sessions to acquaint them with basic techniques of OR setup, splinting/casting, suturing and knot tying, joint aspiration, compartment syndrome, principles of fracture reduction including k-wire, internal and external fixation techniques, arthroplasty and arthroscopy skills, patient safety, team training, and obtaining consent. The yearly educational program includes faculty-run didactic sessions using human cadaver specimens to focus on anatomy and technical skills. Orthopaedic residents also use the VirtaMed Arthroscopic Simulator for knee, shoulder, and foot & ankle arthroscopy training.

Case-based scenarios: Residents have dedicated simulation sessions using a manikin for acute medical care simulations during their intern year. These sessions introduce residents to Crisis Resource Management, inter-professional team training, and debriefing, and are designed to develop residents’ critical thinking and leadership skills in cases requiring a rapid clinical response. Interns also spend a day at the UCLA simulation lab participating in acute care scenarios.