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A Simulation Center Module for Teaching Lumbar Puncture 2009

Mishal M Mendriatta-Lala, MD,
Eric M Spickler, MD, ASSR Member
Michael Spickler, , Non ASSR Member

Scientific Paper

Mentor Award: No

Institution where work was conducted

Henry Ford Hospital

Affiliation and Department

Henry Ford Hospital


2799 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, Michigan
Phone: 313-916-3460


We wanted to create a lumbar puncture learning module unsing our new state of the art simulation center.

Methods & Materials

Trainees pass an online exam after reviewing a powerpoint presentation describing all the elements of the module. They then proceed to the simulation center where they practise techniques using a manequin under staff mentor supervision. Upon the recommendation of the mentor, and following video review, if they have passed the module, they retake the exam.


Residents have enjoyed the learning experience. Early results show significant improvement both on the online exam, as well as per mentor feedback.


ACGME core competency project requires training programs to be creative in providing learning experiences which can be assesed with transparency and statistical evidence. Our simulation based lumbar puncture module is a novel approach to this new paradigm.