A room of horrors to get medical trainees ready for real patients

When medical students begin their internships, they often haven’t seen patients for several months. So instead of throwing them back into the real world right away, the instructors at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine developed a boot camp to give incoming interns practice doing things that require a human touch, like delivering bad news to patients.

One of the more memorable parts of the boot camp is the patient safety “horror room,” a simulated patient room that’s deliberately set up with a bunch of mistakes, such as wrong medications or a missing bed rail, to see how many errors the interns can spot. The “horrors” refer to the mistakes, not the fact that the patient mannequin blinks and looks like it’s breathing, though we admit that’s kinda terrifying too.

In the video above, Vineet Arora, MD, Director of Graduate Medical Education Clinical Learning Environment Innovation, and Jeanne Farnan, MD, Director of Clinical Skills Evaluation, walk us through the room and talk about which mistakes the interns tend to catch, and which ones they miss.

Dr. Farnan and Arora would like to acknowledge the efforts of the faculty and staff of the University of Chicago Simulation Center, Clinical Performance Center, and GME Office to make this possible.

About Matt Wood (491 Articles)
Matt Wood is a senior science writer for the University of Chicago Medicine and editor of the Science Life blog.
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