Multi-Disciplinary Trauma Evaluation and Management Simulation (MD-TEAMS) training for emergency medicine and general surgery residents

Katharine E. Caldwell, Al Lulla, Collyn T. Murray, Rahul R. Handa, Ernesto J. Romo, Jason W. Wagner, Paul E. Wise, Jennifer M. Leonard, Michael M. Awad

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Background: Successful trauma resuscitation relies on multi-disciplinary collaboration. In most academic programs, general surgery (GS) and emergency medicine (EM) residents rarely train together before functioning as a team. Methods: In our Multi-Disciplinary Trauma Evaluation and Management Simulation (MD-TEAMS), EM and GS residents completed manikin-based trauma scenarios and were evaluated on resuscitation and communication skills. Residents were surveyed on confidence surrounding training objectives. Results: Residents showed improved confidence running trauma scenarios in multi-disciplinary teams. Residents received lower communication scores from same-discipline vs cross-discipline faculty. EM residents scored higher in evaluation and planning domains; GS residents scored higher in action processes; groups scored equally in team management. Strong correlation existed between team leader communication and resuscitative skill completion. Conclusion: MD-TEAMS demonstrated correlation between communication and resuscitation checklist item completion and communication differences by resident specialty. In the future, we plan to evaluate training-related resident behavior changes and specialty-specific communication differences by residents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-290
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2021


  • Communication
  • Multi-disciplinary
  • Simulation
  • Surgical education
  • Trauma


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