Developing a Simulator-Based Curriculum for Teaching Vascular and Interventional Radiology

The UPMC Interventional Radiology Division is delighted to congratulate Paula Novelli, MD on being awarded grants from the both the Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation and the Beckwith Institute for 2018. The grants, totaling $30,000, were earned by Dr. Novelli in support of her Quality Initiative "Developing a Simulator-Based Curriculum for Teaching Vascular and Interventional Radiology”. The grants will be used to defray the cost of a Mentice VIST G5 Angiographic simulator which will be housed at the WISER Center. The quality initiative is also being supported by matching funds from the Department of Radiology and will be used as part of the formal Interventional Radiology educational curriculum. The Mentice VIST G5 is one of the most advanced angiographic simulators available today and will allow a level of realistic simulation for transcatheter intervention currently unavailable anywhere in the UPMC Health System. Educational modules to be incorporated include Trans-Arterial Chemoembolization, Uterine Artery Embolization, Vascular Trauma Management, and Radiation Safety. Under Dr. Novelli’s supervision, the device will be used not only for the training of residents and fellows, but also for training of IR technologists and nurses as well for UPMC community outreach quality programs. The department congratulates Dr. Novelli on this achievement in support of patient care, education, and patient safety!