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Charles Pozner, MD, at far left, during an exercise at the new simulation center.
For the past 18 months, through a partnership with Partners International Medical Service, the staff of the Neil and Elise Wallace STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation have collaborated with a hospital in India to develop, design and manage a simulation center that will offer the latest technology and the safest approaches to clinical education.
The vision of both institutions became a reality this spring, with the opening of the 14,000-square-foot SRM/STRATUS Centre for Medical Simulation at the SRM University Teaching Hospital in Chennai, India. A team from STRATUS leadership and staff, including Chuck Pozner, MD, Douglas Smink, MD, MPH, Stephen Nelson, Stephen Poole and Demian Szyld, MD, traveled to India to facilitate the opening and conduct the first classes at the center.
“It was extremely rewarding to be there for the opening and to celebrate their hard work,” said Pozner, medical director for The Neil and Elise Wallace STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation. “Everyone there will benefit greatly from this center. The clinical staff will learn in a safe environment, and patients will receive care from highly skilled and trained clinicians.”
Physicians and nurses from SRM visited BWH, where they were introduced to simulation-based medical education. Four physicians from India spent six weeks at STRATUS, attending an intensive training program that provided them with the theoretical and practical skills to become adept at using medical simulation in education.
BWH staff also traveled to India multiple times to assess the hospital’s competence and offer suggestions that will help them model care in disciplines including anesthesiology, medicine, neonatology, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, critical care, trauma and emergency medicine.
The opening of this simulation center is another milestone for The Neil and Elise Wallace STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation, which continues to spread its knowledge and expertise in simulation training through collaboration and education with clinicians from around the globe. Since its inception, STRATUS has led the development of a simulation center for the Department of Health in Astana, Kazakhstan, and has hosted clinicians from around the world.