Program FAQs

  • Which residents need central line training?

    Please check with your GME or Program Director(s) to determine if you need the training.
  • I am a Fellow new to MedStar who has been trained to places lines — do I need to take the central line training?

    Potentially, any trainee (i.e. Fellow) who is new to MedStar but has already completed a full residency program during which they received line placement training must be evaluated by their Fellowship Director before they are allowed to independently place a central line.
  • Starting July 2014, Residents must pass the test before they can move on to placing central lines under supervision in the hospital. Is there anything else I must do to be approved to insert central lines as part of MedStar Health?

    Yes, requirements vary, so please check with your GME or Program Director.
  • Does this policy requirement for CVL training and testing apply to all lines placed in central veins?

    No. This policy applies specifically to Central Venous Lines placed into the Femoral/Subclavian/Internal Jugular Veins. This does not, however, include PICC lines, Pediatric Central lines or other lines typically placed under fluoroscopy (ex. Medi-ports or Quinton Catheters). The training/testing will all be done using a standard double or triple lumen Central Venous Lines.
  • What if my interns need to place an emergent “Code Line” before they have passed the test?

    If, as part of the current resident coverage, incoming interns are required to place Code Lines (typically femoral CVL’s) in an emergency, they may do so without having first completed their CVL training/testing. We encourage programs for which this might be the case to consider including emergent femoral line placement as part of their orientation/boot camp curriculum.
  • What if my interns are likely to have the opportunity to start placing Central Lines on their first clinical rotation?

    For those programs/residents who would like to start placing central lines as soon as they begin their first clinical rotation, early test dates can be arranged. Please contact MedStar SiTEL to discuss your programs specific needs. Programs will need to provide sufficient training for these test-takers prior to the test date.
  • By when do residents need to be certified?

    Each program will determine the required completion date during the academic year.
  • Who should be contacted to critique the testing process?

    1. All feedback should be submitted via the post-course online survey.
  • What are the registration and attendance steps for the Simulation Testing Course?

    1. MedStar SiTEL Operations provides dates for CVL courses.

    2. MedStar SiTEL Administrator sends available CVL course dates to GME Office/Program Directors/Program Coordinators.

    3. GME Office/Program Directors/Program Coordinators choose dates from list and notifies MedStar SiTEL Administrator of the following:
    – Desired date and time of session(s)
    – Number of learners and names
    – Location of the session

    4. MedStar SiTEL will schedule proctors to support requested session(s) dependent upon proctor availability.

    5. MedStar SiTEL Administrator confirms dates with MedStar SiTEL Operations.
    – Session is considered “Confirmed” when it has reached the minimum number of learners and is fully staffed by proctors.

    6. MedStar SiTEL Administrator confirms final course date with Program Director/Coordinator. The Program Director/Coordinator will distribute the following pre-requisite information to learners:
    – Learner should register for the course on SiTEL’s LMS (www.sitelms.org). The course number is: Cs-022443, MedStar Health Central Line Simulation Testing Course for Physicians
    – Mandatory completion of course pre-requisites:
    OD-022380 MedStar Health’s Central Line Education for Physicians and Advanced Care Practitioners (effective June 2, 2017).
    – Learners must be familiar with the Grading Checklists (revised June 2, 2017) and hospital specific Central Line Observer Checklist.

    7. MedStar SiTEL Administrator/Operations will approve LMS registration according to list of names given by Program Director/Coordinator.

    8. MedStar SiTEL Administrator will update Program Director/Coordinator of Learners’ LMS registration and pre-requisites compliance 5 days prior to event date. Program Director/Coordinator is responsible for communicating to those learners that have not registered or completed their pre-requisites.

    9. At the discretion of MedStar SiTEL, a shuttle to the simulation center may be available.  If a shuttle is needed the Program Director/Program Coordinator should contact the MedStar SiTEL Operations Manager no later than one week prior to event.

  • What are the registration and attendance steps for the Simulation Practice Course?

    1. GME Office/Program Directors/Program Coordinators contacts MedStar SiTEL Administrator to request a practice course and includes the following:
    – Desired date and time of session(s)
    – Number of learners and names
    – Location of the session

    2. MedStar SiTEL will schedule proctors to support requested session(s) when held at MedStar SiTEL’s DC or Baltimore area simulation centers, Mobile simulation lab, or the MGUH simulation center dependent upon proctor availability.

    3. MedStar SiTEL Administrator confirms dates with MedStar SiTEL Operations. Dates are blocked in order of request.

    – Session is considered “Confirmed” when it has reached the minimum number of learners and is fully staffed by proctors.

    4. MedStar SiTEL Administrator or Navigator places confirmed dates into the LMS and activates these dates so they are open for registration.

    5. MedStar SiTEL Administrator confirms final course date with Program Director/Coordinator. The Program Director/Coordinator will distribute the following pre-requisite information to learners:
    – Learner should register for the course on SiTEL’s LMS (www.sitelms.org). The course is CS-022444, MedStar Health Central Line Simulation Practice Course for Physicians.
    – Mandatory completion of course pre-requisites:
    OD-022380 MedStar Health’s Central Line Education for Physicians and Advanced Care Practitioners (effective June 2, 2017).
    – Learners must be familiar with the Grading Checklists (revised June 2, 2017) and hospital specific Central Line Observer Checklist.

    6. MedStar SiTEL Administrator/Operations will approve LMS registration according to list of names given by Program Director/Coordinator.

    7. MedStar SiTEL Administrator will update Program Director/Coordinator of Learners’ LMS registration and pre-requisites compliance 5 days prior to event date. Program Director/Coordinator is responsible for communicating to those learners that have not registered or completed their pre-requisites.

    8. Standardized Patients (SPs) may be available to act as models during practice. Program Director/Coordinator must request the MedStar SiTEL Administrator to book SPs.

    9. At the discretion of MedStar SiTEL, a shuttle to the simulation center may be available.  If a shuttle is needed the Program Director/Program Coordinator should contact the MedStar SiTEL Operations Manager no later than one week prior to event and is based on the number of learners.

    10. Practice Course may be hosted in-situ. Requests for equipment/staff support may be submitted to CSC Operations and approved at CSC Ops’ discretion. Host facility may adopt procedures outlined in MedStar SiTEL Central Line Practice course or adopt accordingly. In preparation for Central Line Testing Session, full adherence to Practice Program is strongly recommended.

  • What are the cancellation policies for the Simulation Testing Course?

    1. What is the cancellation policy for the simulation testing course due to lack of learners?
    – If minimum attendance has not been reached a week before the session, it will be cancelled.
    – If the class is “downsized” and fewer proctors are needed, proctors will be asked if anyone “volunteers” to not participate. If there are no volunteers, whichever proctor(s) signed up last for this session will be asked not to participate.

    2. What is the cancellation policy for the course due to lack of proctors?
    – If a week prior to class there are not enough proctors, the class will be downsized appropriately. Learners affected by this downsizing will be rescheduled.

    3. Are proctors paid for a cancelled testing session?
    Proctors are only paid for testing sessions they work.

    4. What is MedStar SiTEL’s cancellation policy due to inclement weather or other emergency?
    – MedStar SiTEL Operations will dictate closures/delays according to CSS Weather and Emergency Policy. MedStar SiTEL’s Weather and Emergency Hotline (202-695-2720) will be updated to reflect closures and delays.
    – If learners/proctors are unable to attend a session or are reassigned during emergency, the session will continue if possible. In this instance minimum attendance requirement may be suspended if all other requirements are met.
    – CSC Operations Manager/CSS Director (or designee) has final decision on course cancellation.

    5. What should a proctor or learner do if they are running late for a session?
    Contact the Clinical Simulation Center hosting the session.
    – CSC Baltimore – 410-350-2512
    – CSC DC or MGUH – 202-888-9234

    6. What should a proctor or learner do if they can not make a testing session?
    If less than 24 hours notice: Call the CSC hosting the testing session
    If more than 24 hours notice: Email CVLTestingInfo@email.sitel.org

  • What are the cancellation policies for the Simulation Practice Course?

    1. What is the cancellation policy for the simulation practice course due to lack of learners?
    – If minimum attendance has not been reached a week before the session, it will be cancelled.
    – If the class is “downsized” and fewer proctors are needed, proctors will be asked if anyone “volunteers” to not participate. If there are no volunteers, whichever proctor(s) signed up last for this session will be asked not to participate.

    2. What is the cancellation policy for the course due to lack of proctors?
    – If a week prior to class there are not enough proctors the class will be downsized appropriately. If downsizing results in participant attendance falling below the required minimum, class will be cancelled.

    3. Are proctors paid for a cancelled session?
    Proctors are only paid for sessions they work.

    4. What is MedStar SiTEL’s cancellation policy due to inclement weather or other emergency? MedStar SiTEL Operations will dictate closures/delays according to CSS Weather and Emergency Policy. MedStar SiTEL’s Weather and Emergency Hotline (202-695-2720) will be updated to reflect closures and delays.

    – MedStar SiTEL Operations will dictate closures/delays according to CSS Weather and Emergency Policy. MedStar SiTEL’s Weather and Emergency Hotline (202-695-2720) will be updated to reflect closures and delays.
    – If learners/proctors are unable to attend a session or are reassigned during emergency, the session will continue if possible. In this instance minimum attendance requirement may be suspended if all other requirements are met.
    – CSC Operations Manager/CSS Director (or designee) has final decision on course cancellation.

    5. What should a proctor or learner do if they are running late for a session?
    Contact the Clinical Simulation Center hosting the session.
    – CSC Baltimore – 410-350-2512
    – CSC DC or MGUH – 202-888-9234

    6. What should a proctor or learner do if they can not make a testing session?
    If less than 24 hours notice: Call the CSC hosting the testing session
    If more than 24 hours notice: Email CVLTestingInfo@email.sitel.org