Over the past two decades, the simulation team has developed and conducted innovative simulation-based education and assessment programs. The HELPS Center program leads multidisciplinary educational activities for Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai students and postgraduate trainees. These include our extensive curriculum of basic science physiology laboratories, including anesthesiology, internal medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine, critical care, and otolaryngology. The team has developed and conducted courses for critical care nurse practitioners and graduate students, and has been host to a variety of community based services for local elementary, middle school, and high school students.
The Center offers a unique simulator elective for medical students to learn how to program, operate, and educate with human simulators. As a student in this course, you develop your own curricula and help teach during existing simulator-based sessions. The Center serves as the core facility for the Clinical Educator Track, which is a select group of anesthesiology residents interested in academic careers; the residents are mentored to create simulator-based educational programs for medical students, residents, and retraining physicians. As a resident on this path, you organize and conduct large portions of the medical student education program.
In addition to education, the program has developed novel simulator-based clinical competency assessments, remediation evaluations, and retraining programs for licensed physicians and those wishing to reestablish licensure. The team has written chapters and articles on the use of simulation for competency assessment, recertification, and retraining.
The Departmental simulation program gained American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) accreditation as an official ASA endorsed Simulation Program in 2009. With the endorsement, the Department conducts simulation-based educational activities to satisfy one of the American Board of Anesthesiologists (ABA) Maintenance of Certification for Anesthesiologists (MOCA) requirements.