Resilient relationships are at the core of the successful practice of medicine. Within the Department of Anesthesiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, (NYPH/CUIMC) resiliency is reflected in classrooms, labs, hallways, and hospital units.

The University's Margaret Wood Center for Simulation and Education was launched in 2016, where clinicians, fellows, residents, and faculty members hone their clinical skills through an entire spectrum of simulated learning exercises/lessons, from interdisciplinary teams and crisis resource management training.

The center is named for – and recognizes the contributions of – the department's longtime chair, Margaret Wood, MBChB, FRCA, who was appointed in 1996 as the first woman to chair a clinical department at Columbia University.

When Dr. Wood was an intern in 1970, trainees had to basically teach themselves how to use new equipment/technology in the OR or clinical setting while caring for patients. “Teaching people how to teach simulation is one...

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