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CHEST simulation courses support learning for every career stage


One mark of an excellent clinician is their commitment to lifelong learning, and CHEST’s hands-on simulation courses offer the chance for practitioners of all experience levels to enhance their knowledge.

A variety of interactive courses are offered at CHEST’s state-of-the-art Innovation, Simulation, and Training Center in Glenview, Illinois, covering topics like ultrasonography, bronchoscopy, and mechanical ventilation. And this year, our simulation schedule will offer several new sessions on advances in invasive and noninvasive ventilation, critical care transesophageal echocardiography, master-level EBUS practice, and mechanical circulatory support.

Each course is led by expert instructors and includes attendees from a full range of career stages, from trainees and mid-career clinicians to long-time CHEST faculty members.

At a fall 2022 session of the Ultrasonography: Essentials in Critical Care course, Adil Ahmed, MD, an intern at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, shared his perspective attending as a resident.

“CHEST has lots of specialized resources and renowned faculty members, and they’re doing an exceptional job,” he said. “A lot of the things I’ve learned in the first workshop alone are completely brand new to me. I think more programs should start sending residents to these courses.”

Trainees don’t just attend simulation courses – they teach them, too. Carmen Mei, MD, a pulmonary and critical care fellow at Rutgers University, was a faculty member at the recent ultrasound course. She taught attendees representing a wide array of ages.

“It’s a learning environment. Everybody’s very engaged, no matter where they are in their career,” she said.

As a mid-career clinician, Yonatan Y. Greenstein, MD, FCCP – who serves as a co-chair of the ultrasonography course – appreciates the diversity of experiences among attendees.

“Over the years, we’ve found that the wide breadth enhances the course because learners appreciate the questions that are brought up from different angles,” he said.

For experienced clinicians like CHEST Immediate Past President David Schulman, MD, MPH, FCCP, the interactive courses provide an opportunity to continue expanding his expertise. At the ultrasound course, Dr. Schulman said he enjoyed the chance to extend and refine his skillset alongside clinicians with a broad range of experience levels.

“Ultrasound is one of those skills that many clinicians, even in their forties and older, have never trained in. It’s great to see how the more junior learners approach this with a very excited mindset, and they’re learning right beside mid-career faculty who didn’t have the exposure to ultrasound when they were young,” he said.

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