West Virginia University is home to the WV STEPS, David and JoAnn Shaw Center for Simulation Training and Education for Patient Safety, a large simulation facility accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

WV Steps houses multiple high fidelity simulation mannequins capable of interacting with residents, responding in a physiologic manner to interventions, and serving as procedural models.

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Emergency Medicine utilizes the Simulation Center more than any other residency program at WVU

  • Residents participate in sessions in teams of 2 residents completing each scenario
  • Scenarios aim to achieve a real life independent practice environment
  • Scenarios encompass critical situations, uncommon clinical cases, as well as “bread and butter” EM clinical presentations
  • Incorporates interactive, real time ultrasound, as well as incorporating laboratory, ECG, and imaging findings
  • Following each scenario, a non-judgmental debriefing focused upon teamwork, communication, and the current evidence and core content of EM related to the scenario
  • Simulation lab also contains procedural task trainers

    Residency utilizes task trainers several times per year to practice central line placement, arterial line placement, direct and video laryngoscopy, and chest tube insertion