A Simulated Night on Call Experience for Graduating Medical Students

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10483 October 13, 2016 12

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Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University


A number of medical schools have developed capstone courses to help prepare medical students for their transition to residency training. As part of our capstone program, we developed a Night on Call experience for graduating medical students to simulate the experience of an intern physician responding to medical emergencies in the hospital setting. Our 2-hour program incorporates high-fidelity simulation in a four-station format (four clinical cases) with semistructured debriefing at the conclusion of the experience. The program has been well received. The majority of students report that the exercise achieves its learning objectives and has been a valuable experience. In addition, the students note that our cases offer a realistic experience. A program such as this allows the faculty an opportunity to observe and provide formative feedback to the students regarding their clinical performance when caring for patients in a simulated inpatient setting.


Wald D, Peet A, Cripe J, Kinloch M. A simulated Night on Call experience for graduating medical students. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2016;12:10483. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10483

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of the Night on Call experience, the learners will be able to:

  1. Manage patients in a setting and time line similar to an intern’s night on call.
  2. Assess and manage multiple patients in rapid succession.
  3. Respond to unanticipated medical emergencies.
  4. Determine whether previously stable patients require an increased level of care.
  5. Provide handoff to a patient care team about patients they are covering.
  6. Debrief with peers and faculty, allowing for self-reflection on performance along with near real-time feedback.


  • Capstone, Entrustable Professional Activities, Simulation, Editor's Choice


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