Loma Linda University recognizes that simulation training is a very important component of medical education. As such, the School of Medicine and the Department of Anesthesiology have made a major commitment to simulation training for medical students and residents. This rotation is based at the new Centennial Complex, also on campus, which houses various educational activities for the School of Medicine, including a vast, state of the art simulation center! This brand new complex is now open for use.

Entering CA-1 residents will be scheduled for four sessions in their first month of training. This course will cover basic concepts in anesthesia, including preoperative planning, preparing for induction and emergence, management of common intraoperative and postoperative events, and basic pharmacology of commonly used anesthesia agents. This introductory course is run by Simulation trained Anesthesiology Faculty and will include didactic teaching, lecture animation, and immersive high fidelity patient simulation experiences.

There is an established simulation curriculum throughout the residency that allows for immersive simulation experience in General Anesthesia cases as well as Pediatric, Obstetric, and Cardiac Anesthesia.

We strive to have fun while we learn! Simulation training in our department takes place in a low pressure environment; we recognize the inherent stress that comes with “being in the hot seat”,
thus there is no grading system employed. We consider it a time for instruction rather than examination.

Residents generally describe their simulation experiences as valuable and eagerly look forward to their next session. Simulation remains an evolving tool in Medical Education and we are committed to grow and expand our Simulation Curriculum to offer the best educational experience possible.

This rotation is directed by Jennifer Cristall, MD.