The SimCenter, operated by the Office of Medical Education, uses task trainers and high-fidelity simulators to enrich the student learning experience with realistic, safe, and fully interactive practice.

The high-fidelity simulators are close replicas of human patients and allow the preprogrammed or "real-time" control of realistic vital signs. Simulators depict a variety of patients, medical conditions, or disease states. It also trains participants to diagnose, treat, and manage an assortment of clinical problems. 

Medical students practicing in the SimCenter.
The SimCenter allows interactive practice for medical students.

By immersion in simulated scenarios, students are exposed to multiple aspects of patient care, which gives students an opportunity to practice clinical and behavioral skills. Among these skills:

  • Analytical thought processing
  • Effective teamwork
  • Medical crisis resolution 
  • Proper communication

The SimCenter is set up as a hospital patient room with realistic wall-mounted equipment and connections including simulated oxygen, working suction, and more. The set-up includes four ceiling mounted cameras and a video recording system that allows recording of both participant actions and patient vital signs for debriefing. Along with training medical students, the SimCenter is also used for intern and resident training.