Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

Simulation Lab

Simulation rooms have the capacity for direct and remote observation and recording. Much of the equipment is mobile allowing integration of experiential learning into the classroom and small group learning.

What is Simulation?

Mannequin-based simulations use high fidelity simulators. These simulators are mannequins that physiologically respond to treatment similar to what would occur in real-life patients. The simulated patient can be assessed by the learner; they can initiate treatment with a resultant response, and perform a variety of procedures. This is done in a controlled learning environment that mimics the real-life patient care settings but is safe for the patient and learner. We offer several types of simulation experiences: high fidelity, full-sized mannequins, task trainers, actors that portray patients (standardized patients), and virtual reality for surgical procedures.

Each of the four simulation rooms are flexible spaces that can be manipulated to incorporate a multitude of scenarios. The simulators can create real-life teaching environments that range from outpatient examination rooms to inpatient rooms in areas such as the emergency department, intensive care unit, labor and delivery suite, and an operating theatre. Standardized actors can be incorporated to increase the realism of these environments. All the simulations can be observed in real-time through the control room or reviewed using a web-based broadcast which can be live or delayed. Evaluation software is available for assessment of student’s performance. Two large clinical skills spaces can be used for a variety of training programs and as lecture space. The center has two multimedia classrooms for debriefing sessions. In addition, we have additional space for Harvey, a high fidelity heart sound simulator.

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