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Simulation Labs and Resources

To support the educational and research missions of the university, the Department of Healthcare Simulation has developed several resources available to RFUMS students and faculty. These learning resources, in effect, create a Virtual Health System that simulates many facets of clinical practice:

Outpatient Clinic – The Education and Evaluation Center houses 14 fully-functioning examination rooms that simulate an actual physician’s office, allowing students to develop and refine their history-taking, physical examination, and interpersonal communication skills.

Inpatient/Critical Care Unit – The Simulation Lab in the Morningstar Interprofessional Education Center provides a simulated clinical environment that replicates various critical and intensive care environments for students to master their clinical skills in an authentic setting. A state-of-the art digital recording system allows students and faculty to watch simulated patient encounters and debrief each experience with a goal to improve future performance.

Clinical Skills Labs – Multi-purpose spaces for clinical skills training, such as suturing, IV insertion, intubation, central venous line placement, catheterization, and lumbar puncture. Skills training allows students to work at their own pace and master a skill through deliberate practice.

Operating Room – A mock operating theater with anesthesia and surgical equipment to emulate inpatient and outpatient surgical settings.

Amphitheater – An interactive lecture hall utilized to demonstrate and engage learners in physical exam procedures, patient management, clinical skills, and diagnostic reasoning development.

Pathology Skills Lab – A state-of-the-art, fully-equipped surgical pathology simulation laboratory that allows students to practice all aspects of surgical pathology, from prosecting surgical specimens and making microscopic diagnoses, to providing operative consultations and valuable anatomic pathology information to clinicians.

The Department also hosts a number of software-based simulation programs and tutorials designed to enhance clinical decision making and guide skill development. These include a number of virtual patient simulations (interactive computer-based patient encounters) as well as interactive tutorials focused on specific skills such as heart and lung auscultation, EKG, and imaging interpretation.

University programs use these resources to meet a number of training goals including:

  • Enhancing the correlation between basic science concepts and clinical practice.
  • Encouraging students to learn from their successes and mistakes in a safe learning environment without risk to actual patients.
  • Assessing student competence in specific critical care scenarios as part of clinical performance examinations.
  • Incorporating Standardized Patient scenarios to improve student history taking, physical exam, patient education, and interpersonal skills (end-of-life issues, giving bad news, communication with family, interaction with other medical staff during a critical event).
  • Improving the health care team by fostering interprofessional activities, teamwork, and group problem-solving strategies, using emergency care scenarios.

Manikin-based simulation, task training, and virtual simulation in conjunction with the Standardized Patient Program in the Education and Evaluation Center provide RFUMS students with a broad spectrum of simulation resources for students, faculty, and the community to improve quality in patient care.

To initiate a request for a simulation project contact Thad Anzur at