Cognitive & Team Training

Foster team dynamics, build clinical confidence, and strengthen trust between and among clinicians using challenging simulation scenarios across virtually every medical specialty.

Optimal patient outcomes depend on a team’s knowledge, profficiency, and ability to work together. Until now, teamwork and crisis management have been difficult concepts to effectively teach or to evaluate. It’s difficult to assess how you and your team will perform in a stressful situation—until you’re in one. Simulation replicates real, high-stress medical situations—without the risk.

In a multidisciplinary team, each participant has a distinct role with a different function and purpose, but all need to work as a cohesive unit. Medical simulation training equips your team with the skills to do just that, to build a more effective team. 

  • Observe group dynamics and receive targeted feedback during debrief sessions
  • Observe group dynamics and receive real-tim feedback and coaching
  • Learn the physiologic components of crisis management
  • Prepare teams for high-risk and low frequency events
  • Develop leadership skills within your team
  • Build teamwork needed to successfully deliver exceptional health care

Teams apply concepts to real situations

This training focuses on the “thought process of medicine,” where accurate and complete patient assessment, interpretation of patient data and critical thinking, and effectiv, timely responses are practiced. Learners are challenged to apply their knowledge in an authentic environment without any risk to patients. 

We test a team’s ability to troubleshoot, problem solve, and take action as a team under various medical conditions. When there are no easy or immediate answers, communication skills and critical thinking are more important than ever.

Learners engage directly in each scenario, while other team members observe in real-time from one of our classrooms. Watching the simulation unfold is a learning experience for participants and observers alike.

Customized curriculums

From paramedics to emergency department nurses to naval officers, we train medical professionals of all types at CESI using bespoke curricula to align withyour stated learning objectives. One-size-fits-all curriculums do not work. 

In collaboration with you, we build a curriculum that delivers on your specific learning objectives.

Immersive environment designed to mimic real-world encounters

The more closely a simulation mirrors an authentic experience, the more impactful the training. From urgent submarine evacuations to active shooter events to infection control emergencies, our scenarios run the gamut of medical encounters. We work closely with you to understand every aspect of the situations in which participants must apply their new knowledge.

The medical professionals we train represent all disciplines within medicine. Each is responsible for different aspects of patient care at different points of treatment. They need to be prepared for the specific scenarios they’ll likely encounter. Importantly, we also focus on the ‘hand-off’ when a patient moves from unit to unit or when a new caregiver is brought into the care environment. We make sure their training reflects that.

We start with a few questions: 

Where will your team apply their skills?

Our 4-room patient unit, complete with nursing station and anteroom, and designed to the hospital specification down to the instrumentation, is a suitable backdrop for an emergency department tending to an influx of patients. But, a set of crashed vehicles in the parking lot is more valuable for a team of first responders.

In what context?

It’s one thing for a fire department to learn lifesaving skills in a controlled environment. But will they be prepared to apply those skills in the dark of night surrounded by billowing smoke? If our scenario is designed with a smoke machine and lights off, we don’t have to wonder. We tailor the environment to account for every idiosyncrasy.

Who is involved?

An ICU Team caring for critically ill patients has different members than the LifeStar team rushing in a patient wounded by a gunshot. We craft the situation around the team members involved to avoid redundancy and gaps. 

For scenarios that require additional participants—distraught family members in the emergency room, uninjured passengers in a car accident, etc.—we source participants. 

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