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The PAC Learning Style

NEXTGEN learning designed to elevate your airway practice

Our mission is to enhance knowledge translation by creating an immersive, interactive, and self-directed training style that meets the next generation of learners where they live.

Jonathan St. George MD – Creator of the Protected Airway Collaborative

In the world of emergency airway, there’s an important difference between knowing the path and walking the path. PAC was created around a single simple idea: that any airway knowledge is useless if it can’t be successfully translated into action during the stressful, and time-critical moments when it matters most. What you learn should function in the real world.

Achieving that goal in today’s education environment however has many challenges. So we set out on a mission to create a more flexible, more resilient learning platform. One that meets learners where they live, and helps you build not just a foundation of knowledge, but a lifelong learning community around it.

We start by connecting a diverse team of educators from across the entire spectrum of emergency airway with our design partners and artistic collaborators in order to push the boundaries between the digital and physical learning space. We draw from the creative arts, apply design thinking, and leverage off the shelf and advanced technology in order to enhance knowledge translation.

The result is the creation our nextgen learning spaces. By seeking successful models of learning beyond traditional medical education we are able to blend online masterclasses, virtual events, podcasts, FOAMed and social media sites with our uniquely immersive, interactive and self-directed in person learning installations. By integrating our digital learning content within a physical space we can provide in person coaching, training labs, and simulation challenges as well our state of the art 3D printed models, AR/VR and other training tools to create one seamless education continuum

So whether your online or in person, on the go or able to commit a full day to your airway education you can do it all here. Whatever way you choose to travel through the content, our goal is the same: to provide great airway education that enhances knowledge translation and transforms the learning experience for the next generation of clinicians. We hope you join us.

learn from shared experience

Theme based Podcasts are integrated into each learning space. Listen as experts give you the critical concepts and clinical pearls you need to be more successful and learn how to apply what you learn in real-world situations

Learning On Your Time

Masterclasses give you all the concepts and skills of emergency airway care presented through the eyes of the experts. Listen as they discuss how to apply what you learn in real-world situations, and then watch as they demonstrate the procedures and the tricks of the trade they rely on in their practice. Explore all the engaging graphic content and bundled resources associated with each video in our deep dive sections. When your done, combine them with visits to our virtual training lab or in person events.

Live Streaming

We’re partnering with leaders in telemedicine, at the Center for Virtual Care, to develop our innovative new tools that provide safe, efficient, realistic, and effective medical education built for today’s learning environment. Like our installations we’ve applied design thinking to transcend the limits of online learning.

Anatomy Lab Training
State of the art facilities

We have access to one of the most advanced anatomy labs in the country at Weill Cornell Medical College. We bring diverse faculty and provide state of the art equipment so you can get your your hands on all of it! This action packed day provides the opportunity to perform hundreds of intubations and other airway skills including surgical cricothyrotomy in the most anatomically realistic setting possible without it being a real patient.

Experience NextGen Conference Design
meet the new interactive learning space

Learning installations are a unique transformation of the learning space. It explores a new frontier in medical education: merging of digital and physical space to create self-directed, immersive, interactive and collaborative learning experiences that meet the next generation of learners where they live. We seek design inspiration far outside of traditional medical education, so we can build learning spaces for the next generation of clinicians.

The New Learning Space

Merging Digital & Physical Space
Introducing The Interactive Poster
integrating digital & physical space

No more classrooms. Each theme based installation is built around a series of uniquely interactive posters: using impactful graphics, and embedded multimedia content that allows you to explore at your own pace and customize your journey in a way that best suits your learning needs. Then, use each poster within the space as a jumping off point for a more immersive experience in the physical space.

Theme Based & Narrative Driven


Through stories our learning becomes more powerful; embedding knowledge through our uniquely human experience. Each of our six installations are theme based so that concepts and skills can be organized into more effective cognitive constructs. Within these spaces you will also hear powerful stories from experienced clinicians and patients. Narratives that will help you understand the role human factors play in our successes and our failures. Stories that highlight why what we do matters, and why how we learn matters even more.

Simulation Challenges


High fidelity simulation, and other creative challenges such as escape the rooms are part of each installation. This component of the installation learning style allows you to solidify your new knowledge and skills by actively deploying them in a team-based environment. Debriefs by faculty help you identify areas of improvement in order to customize a path back through the installation’s content for even more focused learning. This iterative learning cycle between the digital and physical space helps to develop mastery.

Training Labs & Expert Coaching
Customized learning for your needs

Training labs and expert faculty are placed in key training stations within each installation. Each installation is an immersive “flipped classroom,” allowing you complete freedom to explore. Faculty are also free from having to teach in a one size fits all format. Instead of talking or lecturing at groups of passive learners, coaches can give you individualized feedback. The stress lab is just one of the many training labs integrated into PAC.


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