News & Highlights

Collaboration with Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute

Collaboration with Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute

In early July of 2018, the SimPORTAL, AHC Simulation Center, Department of Surgery, Department of Medicine, and Department of Nursing teams travelled to Bangalore, India. The University of Minnesota teams joined with the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI) to help them build on their foundations in simulation.

U of M team

Goals of the conference included:

  • Share best practices around how to use a simulation center for education and demonstrate education sessions with video recordings
  • Workshops and Round table conferences for faculty development, procedural training, simulation operations etc.
  • Share ideas for optimal flow in Simulation Center space
  • Develop an MOU for a long-term relationship
  • Showcase simulation-based research

Members of the University of Minnesota also gave keynote speeches on various topics, ranging from Essentials of Simulation, to Using Simulation to Teach Interprofessional Teamwork.

We were also engaged in putting on simulations in their growing simulation center, and hope to continue a rewarding relationship with BMCRI.


Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer

Participants of this interactive course are multidisciplinary teams of physicians, nurses and other advanced care providers with none or limited formal education on the topics of education science, simulation design, and implementation. SimPORTAL staff lay an educational framework for the participants on the utilization of active learning principles using simulation as the principle means for instruction.

Train the Trainer 1

The gaps we address are:

  • deficient knowledge of education theory 
  • techniques of good pre-briefing and debriefing
  • simulation development and implementation
  • methods of assessment of learners, instructors and coursework
  • methods and techniques to enhance feedback

The first course took place in December of 2017 and was highly regarded; the most recent iteration took place on August 30 & 31, 2018. We will be holding another course in the spring of 2019 (this is a 1.5 day course, for 10.25 CME credits).

The participants increase the knowledge of education theory, demonstrated behaviors of good debriefing techniques, and develop a simulation scenario with all the needed assessment materials.  This will allow integration of simulation for education and enhanced opportunities for active learning in the current curriculum.

Interested in signing up for the next session? Email Nick!

Difficult Airway Workshops

Difficult Airway Workshops

The SimPORTAL has partnered with Fairview as part of the Greatest Needs grant to put on four highly-interactive workshops throughout 2018 focusing on managing a difficult airway. This 4-hour, hands-on course allows Medical Students, Residents, and Practicing Physicians to gain first hand knowledge of the latest airway equipment provided by leading industry representatives. The course also takes advantages of the SimPORTAL’s unique capabilities so that each participant will go through a high-fidelity simulation that will help them learn and brush up on their skills as it relates to the Difficult Airway Algorithm.

Other highlights of the course include Jet Ventilation, Video laryngoscopy, and instruction from experts within the University of Minnesota’s Department of Anesthesiology. We have completed two of the four scheduled courses for the year, and received near universal praise from participants.

 Airway Workshop 4

FATE - Focused Assessment of Transthoracic Echocardiogram

FATE - Focused Assessment of Transthoracic Echocardiogram

The SimPORTAL continues to support the Focused Assessment of Transthoracic Echocardiogram (FATE) course that is run by the Department of Anesthesiology which began in mid-2017. We have worked with the program staff to acquire and administer high-end ultrasound equipment to support the needs of the curriculum.

FATE Workshop

FATE is the original focused cardiac echo protocol practiced since 1989. FATE is learned quickly and easily and can be applied in a multitude of clinical scenarios: perioperative as well as in intensive care medicine, emergency medicine and resuscitation - there are no limitations. FATE also provides a quick guidance to interpret sonocardiographic findings and how to put them into clinical context.

Interested in signing up? Follow this link for registration.

CALS - Comprehensive Advanced Life Support

CALS - Comprehensive Advanced Life Support


The SimPORTAL, through its relationship with the Department of Emergency Medicine has partnered with the CALS (Comprehensive Advanced Life Support) program to provide high-fidelity simulation to State Department MDs and nurses, some of whom are local foreign nationals, before they deploy from the United States to work at our Embassies around the globe. Through utilization of CALS scenarios, doctors are put through a rigorous curriculum that includes two full days of intensive scenarios in the SimPORTAL. The scenarios are all team-based, including a massive casualty protocol scenario. These simulations help to prepare the doctors for the challenges that they could face during their time with their embassy.

Intubation Instruction

During the 2017 - 2018 fiscal year, the SimPORTAL hosted 5,619 students, residents, and physicians, for a total of 21,448 contact hours. From a purely numbers standpoint, this is the highest volume we have had to date. It is no surprise that is has also been our busiest year with all of the new and revised activities going on within the center.

In this section of our site, you will find information on these new courses, as well as information on how to get involved!

If you have any questions, please contact Nick Newman.