The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) has recognized the Cedars-Sinai Women's Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills with its Simulation Education Network endorsement. With this endorsement, the simulation center joins an elite group of more than 47 centers nationwide that hold this distinction.
The simulation center is proud of its work to provide high-caliber educational opportunities. ASA's endorsement will allow the center to provide physician anesthesiologists and their patients with a powerful advantage as simulation education demonstrates a direct upgrade in patient safety and quality of care.
Simulation education is an innovative training method in which physician anesthesiologists problem-solve issues in a setting that closely replicates clinical experience during surgery. Courses are designed to realistically re-create challenging cases, such as insufficient oxygen levels in the blood, difficult airway management, emergency blood pressure issues and cardiac events.
These centers also offer courses that provide a safe environment to learn about new techniques or drugs. Simulation education offers experience in crisis management, patient safety and professional teamwork in a controlled setting that can be difficult to teach in the active operating arena.
The approval process for ASA endorsement is extensive. It includes review of the center's mission, educational offerings, curriculum development, instructor and course effectiveness, program leadership, infrastructure and standing with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.