Simulation Based Education

Simulation plays an important role in the education of health sciences students. Facilities in various locations across campus give students the opportunity to practice and learn clinical skills in a controlled, virtual environment. Students can be supervised and while they practice on high-fidelity simulation equipment, standardized patients and volunteer actor patients. Simulated real-life environments give students confidence in their ability to treat patients. 

The CLRC offers Health Sciences learners a range of simulation tools, including:

  • Three (3) high fidelity simulation rooms, which can be set up to simulate a number of different settings including an emergency room, a hospital ward and even a surgical suite.
  • Various task trainers are available so that learners can improve specific skills
  • Harvey cardiopulmonary simulator
  • High fidelity Obstetrical simulator: Noelle
  • Maternal and fetal monitors
  • Patient voice
  • Features and complications of breathing, airway, cardiac and other systems
  • High fidelity Pediatric Simulators: Nena, SimBaby, newborn and 5-year-old Hal
  • Patient monitors
  • Features and complications of breathing, airway, cardiac and other systems
  • High fidelity Adult Simulators: SimMan 3G and SimMan Essential:
  • Skills such as needle decompression, intubation and chest compressions can also be performed and assessed

A very important piece of simulation is debriefing. Debriefing after each scenario allows participants to openly discuss their simulation experience. This is an opportunity for participants to vent, celebrate and reinforce or improve behavior or technique with the aid of communication and/or medical content experts.  

Simulated patients or other volunteers are often utilized to play the role of a confederate. Confederates preserve realism typically by acting as a nurse or EMS personnel; occasionally, they are asked to portray a patient’s friend or parent.

In the 2016-2017 academic year alone, the three simulation rooms hosted a total of 240 events encompassing approximately 650 simulation hours and 1,200 student interactions! This included undergraduate and postgraduate groups, advanced certification courses and special interest groups.