Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Critical Care Ultrasound and Simulation Training Program


Lewis Eisen, MD 

Jeffrey Weiss, MD 


The technology of critical care medicine has changed dramatically in recent years. Major advances include intensivist-performed bedside ultrasonography anywhere in the medical center, for large bore catheter placement, chest exams, cardiac echocardiography in shock patients, and abdominal exams in patients with sepsis of unclear origin.

In medical education, major advances have included programmable simulation of procedures and syndromes which can be changed by the instructor. The Division of Critical Care Medicine has instituted universal training of fellows in all aspects of critical care ultrasound as well as simulation training focused on airway management and the treatment of most common critical care syndromes such as septic shock, neurologic emergencies, and surgical complications.

Dr. Lewis Eisen is a national leader in leaders in the fields of ultrasounds, simulation training, and airway training, and has served as faculty for the American College of Chest Physicians in these areas at national meetings. Dr. Eisen's collaborators and co-directors are Dr. Ariel Shiloh and Dr. Carla Venegas.

Future Direction  

With a nationally reputable group of critical care expert faculty members onsite, the simulation training initiative has major implications in changing the quality and impact of teaching medical students, residents, and fellows at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

With evidence that simulation training reduces procedural errors, mortality rates, and malpractice claims, Montefiore Medical Center is currently seeking opportunities to further implement simulation training into its residency curriculum.

Related Publications

Paru Patrawalla MD, Laura Evans MD, Wendy Wise MD, Demian Szyld MD, Ariel Shiloh MD, Lewis Eisen MD, Paul Mayo MD. “Critical Care Ultrasound Skill and Knowledge Retention in Fellows After an Introductory Course.” American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2013; 187:A5305

Russell Levine BA, Arash Mozayan MD, David Poulsen BA, Monique Tanna MD, Manuela Calvo MD, Sharon Silbiger MD, Lewis Eisen MD, Jamie Rosenberg MD. “Simulation Training Improves Fundoscopic Examination Skills in Third Year Medical students.” Simulation in Healthcare 2012;7: 528

Amélie Bernier-Jean MD, Martin Albert MD, Lewis Eisen MD, Jennifer Howes MD, Ariel L Shiloh MD, David Williamson MD, Yanick Beaulieu MD. “The Diagnostic and Therapeutic Impact of Point-of-Care Ultrasound in the Intensive Care Unit”. Critical Care Medicine. 2012; 40:250

Carla Venegas-Borsellino MD, Ariel Shiloh MD, Ronen Dudaie MD, Richard Savel MD, Adam Keene MD, David Keith BA, Danny Lizano BA, Lewis Eisen MD. “Simulation Training to Improve the Performance and Confidence of New Physician Assistants in the Critical Care Environment”. Critical Care Medicine. 2012; 40:602

Carla Venegas-Borsellino MD, Ronen Dudaie MD, Danny Lizano BA, Richard Savel MD, Adam Keene MD, David Keith BA, Lewis Eisen MD, Ariel Shiloh MD. “Improving Leadership and Teamwork in the Critical Care Environment: Training Physician Assistants”. Critical Care Medicine. 2012; 40:1282

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