Use of Simulation-Based Mastery Learning for Thoracentesis to Improve Outcomes

9/30/2012 to 7/31/2015
AHRQ R18HS021202

About this Project

The aims of this study are to: 1. Redesign a thoracentesis procedure curriculum, based on the mastery learning model, using simulators, ultrasound, and web-based didactic instruction to train medical residents. 2. Measure changes in medical resident skills as they undergo the curriculum. 3. Assess the stability of trainees’ thoracentesis procedure skills over a one year period following formal simulation training with mastery learning. 4. Demonstrate whether using the mastery learning procedure curriculum compared to a traditional learning approach decreases iatrogenic complications from thoracentesis and improves healthcare utilization through reductions in length of hospital stay and decreased cost.

PI: Jeffrey Barsuk MD

Collaborating Investigators

Research Professor