What is the Clinical Learning Resource Centre?

The primary focus of the University of Saskatchewan Clinical Learning Resource Centre (CLRC) is to provide healthcare students the opportunity to learn and practice clinical and communication skills in a safe, simulated environment.

Mission & Vision

The Clinical Learning Resource Centre is an Interprofessional Educational Training Centre dedicated to improving patient safety and quality of patient care by providing health science students and professionals an innovative, educationally rich environment through simulation education, technology, research and evaluation to further enhance their clinical knowledge, skills, attitudes and practice.

Core Values

  • Respect
  • Integrity, Honesty and Ethical
  • Fairness and Equitable Treatment
  • Inclusiveness, Teamwork
  • Accountability
  • Excellence
  • Innovation

Dress Requirements

The CLRC is deemed a laboratory space by WSEP (Workplace Safety and Environmental Protection)

Please refer to the Appropriate Clothing in Laboratories and PPE policy at the WSEP Website.

  •       Staff and instructors are expected to present a professional appearance.
  •       Students and participants are expected to wear appropriate attire for their college, department or organization for the simulated event.
  •       Students are required to wear their name tags at all times while participating in sessions in the CLRC.
  •       Students should come prepared for their sessions, bringing with them the necessary equipment, such as stethoscopes, white coats, lab coats or nursing uniforms.
  •       Lab coats over street clothes acceptable
  •       Scrubs acceptable
  •       NO open toed shoes allowed

Practice Guidelines

The following are mandatory practices for all users of the Clinical Learning Resource Centre. These practices have been designed to ensure that all users of the lab will be able to enter the lab and engage in teaching and learning without delay.  The simulated learning spaces are set up to represent realistic clinical environments; please leave all rooms neat and tidy ready to be used by the next group.  Everyone who uses the Clinical Learning Resource Centre is asked to respect these policies:

  •       Professional behaviour is expected at all times in the CLRC, users are expected to abide by the U of S and their Professional Colleges of Code of Conduct.
  •       All users are required to wear name tags while in the CLRC.
  •       All participants in learning sessions must sign a Confidentiality Statement/Photography Release Form prior to participating in any simulated event.
  •       All CLRC users and visitors are asked to stow their personal belongings in their assigned locker rooms before arrival. 
  •       Out of consideration to others using the CLRC, users are asked to be to please keep the noise level to a minimum.
  •       As the CLRC is frequently used for examination purposes, it is imperative that users remain in the space designated to their session and not wander around the CLRC.
  •       Food is not allowed in the Procedural skills area, Clinical Exam Rooms, or High Fidelity Simulation Rooms.
  •       Covered Beverage containers are  only allowed in the Simulation Suite Control Room, in the Clinical Exam Rooms, and in the Procedure Labs at the centre table and chairs area. Beverages ARE NOT allowed at the bedsides in the Procedure Labs or the Simulation Suites.
  •       Food and Beverages may be consumed in the reception area and debriefing room.
  •       Gloves must be worn when touching the mannequins: the oils on your skin damage the mannequins.
  •       Never write or draw on the simulators because it will permanently remain on the skin.
  •       Unauthorized photography is not permitted in the CLRC.  Anyone requiring photographs for a presentation or poster may ask the CLRC manager, who will help facilitate a written consent is signed by all involved.
  •       All items in the CLRC are intended for use on simulators in a simulated clinical environment.  No equipment, medication or supplies should be used on actual human beings. The majority of the medications and supplies are not sterile!
  •       Please treat the mannequins as you would a real patient!
  •       Anyone found intentionally damaging CLRC property, or removing property or supplies from the CLRC without permission will be asked to leave the premises immediately.  Subsequently, the incident will be reported to the appropriate faculty member and Associate Dean.
  •       All equipment and supplies needed for student practice must be authorized and approved by a faculty supervisor and/or a CLRC staff member.
  •       All equipment and supplies must be signed out at the workroom receptionist area.
  •       All video recordings made of students at the Simulation Center are strictly confidential and will not be viewed outside of the Simulation Centre without written consent from all of the student, faculty, standardized/volunteer patients and staff involved.
  •       After your session, please leave the CLRC exactly as you found it.
  •       Thank you for abiding by these guidelines and helping to maintain our simulated clinical environment as pristine as possible!

Facility Use 

All activities conducted in the CLRC will conform to the mission, policies and procedures of the University of Saskatchewan Academic Health Science Unit and those outlined in the present document.  All supplies and equipment are intended for educational activity use only. 

In delivering simulation-based education, the CLRC adheres to the standards of best practice developed by the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE; 2017) and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL; 2016). 

Simulated Patient Program

The Simulated Patient Program supports student education in undergraduate and postgraduate Health Sciences programs through recruitment and training of simulated patients (SPs) to portray diverse scenarios in course-based sessions, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), licensing exams and continuing education events. Staff also contribute to the development of patient scenarios for history-taking, physical exams and advanced communication sessions. To learn more about the SP Program, click here.

Simulation Lab

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 high fidelity simulation rooms, which can be set up to mimic a number of different settings including an emergency room, a hospital ward and even a surgical suite.

See the Simulation Based Education page for more information.

Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)

The Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is a method of assessment used across Health Sciences departments to evaluate learner competency across a range of clinical skills including patient communication, physical exam, history taking and interpretation of results. Candidates rotate through a circuit of timed stations designed to portray real-world scenarios; many involve simulated patients portraying a specific role. Student interaction, performance and decision-making is observed by a faculty examiner who may also follow up with oral exam question(s). OSCEs are typically held after the completion of a module, course or semester; in 2016, the CLRC hosted approximately 80 OSCEs across all client programs.

Licensing Exams

The CLRC partners with the major national examining boards and licensing bodies for each of the Health Sciences programs we support during their Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) for new graduates, typically held 2-3 times per year. This includes the Medical Council of Canada, the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada and the Physiotherapy Competency Exam.

CLRC clinic rooms and equipment are prepared as per the station circuit established by the external board. Our personnel are involved in exam administration, station set-up and tear-down and hiring and training additional staff, including simulated patients, hall monitors and assessors. Station set-up, simulated patient portrayal and administration must be standardized at exam sites across Canada, necessitating additional training time and dry run-throughs.

Technical Support

The CLRC provides in-house Technical Support for all programs hosted within our unit. Our Simulation Operation Specialists will work with our clients in the development, planning, programming, execution, troubleshooting, and maintenence of all of our simulators. We ensure our partners and clients have all the technical tools required for their simulations.

If you require any technical support, either urgent or non-critical, or please contact clrc.support@usask.ca 


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